James 4:1-6 He gives more Grace! Part 1


Intro: If I were to ask you What has been your biggest struggle with the Church since becoming a Christian, How would you respond.

A) I think a lot of us would respond in this way: Biggest challenge is seeing Christians not act like Christians


B) Seeing the Church not get along!


C) Dysfunctional family – the best one going – but Dysfunctional none the less


Well that is what James addresses here in Ch.4 – He does so in Brutal fashion  -

A) The book of James as been nicknamed the “In your face, epistle!”


B) James is bold / blunt – he says it like it is – He isn’t trying to be politically correct – not worrying about offending


C)The thing that we need to remember is James is only writing and saying what God has inspired him to write and to say.

1) He only gets in our face to get into our hearts


Where do wars and fights come from among you?

A) Sounds like a family: Kids younger, driving

He touched me – tell him to stop looking at me!


C) Older, the fighting just gets more sophisticated

1) People in the Church are not immune to it


D) Of the early church they said, “Behold how they love one another.” Today, people might say, “Behold how they compete and Criticize w/one another!”


Really it didn’t take long in the early church for things to get messed up.

A) James is written in AD 45 – only 12 yrs after the birth of the Church in Acts Ch.2


B) Notice what he describes – Wars – big conflicts involving lots of pp – Divisions 

1) Fights – individual battles –


C) Unfortuantely both are prevelant in the Church


D) We have Denominational splits; Church splits; Christian Friend splits; & even Christian Husband & Wife splits!   Why?


Where does the fighting come from?

Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.


James says the problem starts from within.

A)This is important because we live in a world where it is always somebody else’s fault!

B) Started in the Garden: Adam blamed Eve

1) Eve blamed the serpent


C) People been doing that every since!

1) Democrats …. Repubs { Vice versa

2) Faculty … students { …..

3) Army … Navy

4) Blacks …. Whites ….

5) Coaches …. Players …..

6) Husbands …wife ….


If he just loved me as Christ loved the Church

A) Don’t hold your breath sister – not going to happen – no one ever has


B) Be happy that he is trying – that he has a heart to


C) If she just respected me the way the Church is supposed to respect Jesus

1) News for you – you are not Jesus { Get over it


D) She love the Lord – trying – allowing him to work

Be happy


E) Problem with our world everyone wants to blame someone else!


James says the root of the problem starts with in

A) Desire for Pleasure that is at war in your members


B) The word pleasure is interesting The word "pleasures" is the Greek term, hedone, from which we get our word, hedonistic.


C) It can be used in a positive way of pursuing God finding enjoyment and satisfaction in God


But here James is using it in a negative way:

A) It describes an insatiable lust or desire for something without regard to restraint or discipline.


B)This is desire to please self – above all other desires including the desire to please God.

1) Lusting for more { Never satisfied


C) Friday  night Selmas in SC – Pizza

1) Amazing – Stuffed – ate one piece more than I should have


D) My friend says: lets get dessert – no way

1) Split brownie thing – One /two bites


E) 4 Bites and it was too Chocolaty for me

1) Like it – much more


That is the way it is: Money / sex – pleasure – always craving – Frustrated not happy


Leads to wars / fights / to disputes especially when I am not getting my way.

A)Wife wants more spending money / Hus more sex

 B) Common marriage problems!


The Philosophers agree with James


C) Philo points out that the Ten Commandments culminate in the forbidding of covetousness or desire, for desire is the worst of all the passions of the soul.


 “Is it not because of this passion that relations are broken, and this natural goodwill changed into desperate enmity? that great and populous countries are desolated by domestic dissensions? For the wars famous in tragedy … have all flowed from one source—desire either for money or glory or pleasure.”


Plato writes, “The sole cause of wars and revolutions and battles is nothing other than the body and its desires.”


Cicero writes, “It is insatiable desires which over-turn not only individual men, but whole families, and which even bring down the state. From desires there spring hatred, schisms, discords, seditions and wars.”


Desire is at the root of all the evils which ruin life and divide men.

Talked with a guy the other day: Wife insisted they Buy a house they couldn’t afford –


Result stress and strain in their marriage – didn’t satisfy

Didn’t solve their problems – only created a bigger one now they are getting divorced.

It starts with a desire for pleasure: Focus on pleasing self. /      We even see today in the Church there is a pleasure centered theology –

A) God exist for you – Make your life better - / Make you more happy – Successful


B) Build a better you – Some take it to extremes – Health and Wealth and prosperity


C) That type of thinking is fundamentally wrong at every level.

1) God does not exist for you but you exist for God.


Revelation 4:11

 "You are worthy, O Lord,  to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and for your pleasure they exist and were created."


Real pleasure – is found in being who and what God has called you to be!


We ought to be the biggest Pleasure seekers in this universe! Really? Yep! Because God is the author of all true pleasure!


We must immerse ourselves in His pleasures by immersing ourselves in Him! Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.


The Problem starts with a desire for pleasure – Pursuing the wrong things

A) It leads a lack of Prayer

Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.



A) With all of the lusting, envying, and desiring, James explains: "You do not have because you do not ask."


B) The problem of prayerlessness is symptomatic of an anemic relationship to the Lord.

1) Describing the person who is not finding pleasure in his relationship with God.


C)The implication is that rather than finding the Lord to be his chief delight and the provider of all that he has, the Christian slips into a pattern of self-dependence and prayerlessness.


D) Striving to fulfill those desires



A) Motives are all messed up –


B) Ask Amiss – Kackos – word for evil – something intrinsically wrong with what you are asking for.

1) Motive is wrong


C) God is Santa or a Genie -

D) Self dominates prayer

1) Lord Bless my project – Lord


Prayer is not the means for getting my will done in heaven – but true prayer is the means for getting God’s will done on earth in me


It starts with a desire for pleasure – Pursuing the wrong things

It leads to a lack of Prayer


It Results in  Spiritual infidelity: 

4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.


What is the nature of spiritual infidelity?

A) James declares that it is "friendship with the world," which implies not only a love for the world but that the world loves back!


B) It is a growing comfort with the worldly system that is set in opposition to the Lord.


Author Curtis Vaughan explained, "To be "a friend of the world" is to value the approval of and cherish a relationship with persons and forces which are either indifferent toward or openly hostile to God.” 


“The situation is comparable to that of a wife who would cultivate friendship with a man trying to seduce her. Such a wife becomes her husband's enemy"


Can’t Have two masters – hate one and love the other

A) Person trying to find satisfaction in the pleasures of the world – God becomes your enemy


B) Cramps your style


Tozer said, “A whole new generation of Christians has come up believing that it is possible to accept Christ w/o forsaking the world!”

Q: Are you better friends w/the world than you were 1 yr. Ago?

Q: From which do you derive your primary pleasure (world/God)?


So How do we navigate this, we are to live in the world – but not be of the world

A) Balance of enjoying life – but not being dominated by pleasure


B) Enjoying the things around us – but finding our ultimate satisfaction in God


C) James wants us to understand 3 intrinsic features about our relationship with God.

1) Built into us by the indwelling of the HS



Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain,"The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"?

#1 Holy Spirit woos us  He yearns –  he is Jealous for our affection


Galalatians 4:6 Crying abba father


The Holy Spirit comes on to us – Always lovingly seeking to draw us close!

1) Always seeking to pull us toward the father


He’s obviously speaking of the healthy jealousy a husband has for his wife.

Want the best for her – Love to be with her – Pure!


#2 Holy Spirit warns – Yearns Jealously!

A) the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, watches over us with tender jealousy?” TLB



1) I have 2 daughters – One day give away in marriage


C) I don’t have any real expectations for their Husbands

1) Not expecting them to marry Pastors or guys in ministry.


D) Not hoping they marry rich boys with money

1) I made $700.00 a month when I married Denise


E) Great yrs of trusting God – seeing Him provide

Wouldn’t trade at all.

My only expectation: Marry men who really love Jesus

A) Now if one of them God forbid began to see a boy who wasn’t there or worse yet an unbeliever


B) My heart would break – I would know  she was being set up for a big disappointment in the end


C) That’s how the Holy Spirit feels when He sees us

Pursuing after pleasure apart from God the father

 1) He’s not mad at us, not disappointed in us, not hurt by us, but jealous for us as a dad is for his daughter.


D) He hurts for us!


So the HS in us Woos – He warns
#3 Holy Spirit empowers
v. 6  He gives more Grace!


Moreover, He [the Holy Spirit] gives greater grace.

Kenneth S. Wuest


 (Thomas Manton stated, "Grace is nothing but an introduction of the virtues of God into the soul"


 By this we think of God's power, love, kindness, strength, wisdom, might, patience, gentleness being wisdom made known to the believer:




Here is one of the most comforting Scriptures in all Scripture!  He gives more grace!

A) This means that there’ll always be enough grace, regardless of your situation or need…ALWAYS!


Author John Blanchard, “For daily need there is daily grace; For sudden need there is sudden grace; For overwhelming need there is overwhelming grace;”


Heb.4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”


 On My computer was sent a painting of Niagara Falls    "More to follow."


That aptly describes the abundance of God's grace given to us: there is always more to follow


Whatever our condition or situation, He always “gives us more grace.” He gives grace to overcome personal weaknesses.


Blessing of the Christian life is learning to respond moment by moment prompting

Woo Turn off TV – walk with me – read


Warn Don’t go there –


Empower – Go talk – something happens


He gives more Grace:

Criteria for receiving this grace: V 6b

Therefore He says: "God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble."  


Awesome Promise James 4:10

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.


God requires humility: "God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble."

 Humility recognizes our own spiritual poverty (cf. Matt. 5:3).

Humility acknowledges consequently our desperate need of God's help.



What humility looks like

James 4:7  Therefore submit to God.


V.7 Submitted to God Submit to God – cease fighting & surrender your will to His control.


James 4:7-9

Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

 Resisting the promptings of the god of this world that tell us ”assert yourselves”!

“Resist” is a military metaphor which means to stand against, as in combat. This martial language suggests the parallel language of Ephesians 6 where we are told how to prepare to resist the Devil.

8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

One of my favorite verses in all of the Bible: Draw nigh to God, and He might draw nigh to you. No. Draw nigh to God, and He will sometimes draw nigh to you. No.


Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. That’s a promise!


Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Clean ourselves from any moral defilement.

Outer Purity hands – what I am doing on the outside – Actions


Inner Purity: Motives - 


9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.



Right perspective about sin – See my short falls / see my flesh – mourn

Don’t sweep under the carpet – don’t make excuses


Heart of pride is to make excuses –

A) Spend a day with me – I will tell you all my flaws –


B) Blessed are they that mourn – why – they shall be comforted


C) Broken and contrite heart – God will not turn away from – Comforts – showers in grace – not condemnation

1) Condemnation is from the enemy – pushes you away


D) Beatitudes – Meek – Me-ek – Power under control


Idea is it affects the way that I see others – not as rivals – but partners

Meek – because they shall inherit the earth


They will have great relationships - 


James Pt V. 11-12 –

James 4:11-12


Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?  


When My heart is humble  I discover – I am no better than you – We are all in the same boat – Sinners in need of more grace

A) Instead of putting you down – judging – you my heart is to shower you with much Grace!




Micah 6:8 “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”