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Week 8 - Day 3

Read James 4:4-10.

Moo says that “to submit to God” means to place ourselves under his lordship and therefore to commit ourselves to obey him in all things.”

1. Compare 1 Peter 5:5-9 with this passage and write down your insights.

James 4:4-10 is a call for repentance from God’s people (meaning us) who have allowed the world to encroach upon their loyalty to God.

Stronger Jeans (optional): Study the term repentance. Look up both Old Testament and New Testament verses to see how they use the word.

2. How does Isa. 57:15 encourage you to humble yourself and repent of anything in your life that fails to put God first?

3. Sharing Question: Is there any area of your life where you are resisting God’s lordship rather than resisting the devil? What one practical thing can you do to help reverse that? It may be memorizing some scriptures that relate; you may need to turn off the television or computer; perhaps, you should refuse to listen to gossip or criticism.

4. Read Ps. 51, David’s humble confession of his adultery. Reread James specific instructions for humbling yourself before God in 4:7-9. Which of these do you see David do in this psalm? How?

5. Responding to God: Use Psalm 51 as a pattern to confess whatever you wrote in question #3. Write it down below.

3 comments:

Twisting His Arm said...

An area of my life that I am resisting is being open about my past to others and myself. I don't think about my past often and certainly don't talk about it with others. I have put those memories behind a locked door in my mind and hung a 'do not disturb' sign. I have always assumed I handed that key over to God but I think I may have buried it in my backyard instead. Perhaps I need to work on trusting God more, dig up that key and hand it over to Him.

Sohl Gal said...

I think our future plans in leadership, where we'll live, and if we'll have another child is me resisting God. I'm trying to make things happen, I'm having conversations, I'm trying to control it; I should be prayerfully seeking God's will for the present and the future, and allowing His perfect timing to show me His perfect plan.

jjdsc said...

Ps 51 will be my personal prayer for a while as I again begin relinquishing my pride to God and search my heart to find the areas of sin.