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Week 8 - Day 2

Read James 4:4-10.

1. According to 4:6, what kind of person is able to receive that greater grace of God? What descriptions of that kind of person do you see in vv. 7-10?

2. How does humility relate to the friendship with the world (v. 4) that commits adultery against God?

Stronger Jeans (optional): Go back and scan James and consider how humility relates to the other descriptions of faith in the true believer.

3. How do the following verses compare with James’ message in this part of his letter?
a. Ps. 18:27
b. Ps. 51:16-17
c. Ps. 138:6
d. Isa. 61:1
e. Zeph. 3:11-12

4. Sharing Question: Share about a time when you humbled yourself before God and received His grace for your situation, even if He didn’t deliver you from the consequences. What enabled you to recognize the pride in your heart?

5. Responding to God: Thank God for His grace and for His willing desire to give it freely to you when you humble yourself before Him. Is there a situation in your life right now where you need to humble yourself and accept His will and His wisdom rather than your own? Talk to Him about it and write down your thoughts in the form of a prayer or poem.

3 comments:

Twisting His Arm said...

Becoming a stay-at-home mom was an extremely difficult and humbling experience for me. We didn't know if we could make ends meet but I knew God wanted me to stay home with my son. God miraculously made it possible for me to stay home and I have had to swallow my pride and learn to financially lean on my husband for everything. Plus, I had to change my view of what a strong woman looks like. To the world, a strong woman must work 40+ hours a week, keep the house clean, keep physically fit, cook healthy & delicious meals, be a sex vixen with our hubbies, be Super Mom, and do it all with a great big smile on our face! Impossible!!! As long as I am a strong woman in God's eye, I am not going to worry what the world thinks of me.

Sohl Gal said...

I had to humble myself before someone I had wronged in front of two people I had put on pedestals. Wow. That was humbling. I was confronted head on with several challenges, placed in incredibly difficult circumstances which He didn't save me from, and allowed me realize what I had allowed myself to believe.

Each time I post or share a difficult story or feeling, I'm humbling myself. God is using my suffering, my pain, for His glory, and I just have to get out of the way.

Chris, I agree. That line between a strong woman and a woman of strength is hard. The world's view of a strong woman, and God's view are so different it can give you a complex if you let it. Good for you!

jjdsc said...

I learned to humble myself to my children when I do something wrong and I apologize to them.