Certainly. Not that he imputes to his good qualities, his merits, a higher value than they properly profess, or satisfies himself with any, however low, degree of wisdom and virtue; but he is more contented with himself, inasmuch as he voluntarily submits to the limitations of his nature and his present state, little as it may be in itself and in comparison with what superior beings may be able to do and to enjoy.III. Lesson 8: Six Ways to Jumpstart Your Spiritual Life (James 4:6-10) James challenges us to humbles ourselves before the Lord. And if He has given these good things, then it is foolish to be proud of them, But if they get these places without being wise or good, then surely it is still more foolish to be proud of them. (Ver. )Continual graceSamuel Rutherford.I have grace every day! This painful epithet, "Ye adulteresses," is the key-note of the chord which James strikes in his appeal. The face of the Lord is against them which do evil, to cut off their remembrance from the earth.8. God resisteth the proud in destroying their remembrance and cutting off their posterity from the earth for their pride and wickedness. In God is the fountain of grace, from which it emanates in every direction; and hence all that share the blessing ascribe it to Him alone, saying, "Of His grace have all we received. )The humble are the fittest recipients of graceT. He got on very well, passed safely over the sea, and reached the town of Cumae in Italy, near Naples, where he built a temple to one of the gods. Kings and princes, and persons in high stations, are often proud of the positions they bold. The fable says that Daedalus made wings for himself and his son, so that they might have the pleasure of flying. If it be so in this life, humility will only cry the louder from the grave. God resisteth the proud by removing and taking away from them the things whereof they have been proud. Those that have once tasted that the Lord is gracious, will always cry, "Evermore give us this bread to eat. The apostle, accordingly, confirms his representation regarding the antagonism between the love of the world and the love of God by: 1. Turnbull. Now suppose a merchant should give twenty pounds to one of his clerks, and send him out to buy certain things, with directions to come back as soon as he got through, and give an account of how the money had been spent. Bat Icarus his son was a proud young man. (Samuel Rutherford. He got on very well, passed safely over the sea, and reached the town of Cumae in Italy, near Naples, where he built a temple to one of the gods. The Bible’s answer to our fallen self-obsession is a great work of grace in the gospel that creates a worshipful obsession with God. We resist our enemies; and God resists the proud because He regards them as His enemies. He holds them with complacency, often prospers their undertakings, and causes them to find various advantages in this temper of mind so agreeable to Him. We can choose His offer of grace or His opposition. He knows that as a man he is a frail creature, liable to innumerable accidents, that he has no real claim to an uninterrupted succession of prosperous days and favourable events, and that it is incompatible with the present condition of mankind; and the more sensibly he feels all this, the less is he surprised when such misfortunes actually befal him, if bad and good days alternately succeed in the course of his life.(G. God will not give us up, but will more and more augment the force of grace, so that sin must and shall ultimately yield to its sanctifying dominion.II. The only preparation for receiving grace is — what? Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’. Newton, D. D.)God's abhorrence and defiance of the proudT. The valleys laugh with fatness when the hills are barren; and the laden boughs will bend their heads, &c.(T. The humble man is far more CONTENTED WITH HIS FELLOW CREATURES than he would and could be without the aid of this virtue. Newton, D. D.)God's abhorrence and defiance of the proudT. II. Doth the Spirit which he made to dwell in us long unto envying?" This is a sermon on James 4:4-6. Him God resisteth by removing him and his riches. So God resisted Simon, the wicked sorcerer and deceiver.7. Scripture: James 4:7. God resisteth the proud by confounding their counsels, enterprises, and devices, as appeareth in proud Achitophel and others; as in the invincible navy of the proud Spaniards sent against little England, so confounded and in greatest part destroyed by the mighty hand of God.5. Manton. )The cure of pride; or, the lesson of humilityR. And it is because pride is so sinful that we find such words as these in the Bible about it: "The Lord hateth a proud look" (Proverbs 6:17); "The proud in heart are an abomination to the Lord" (Proverbs 16:5). H. Mr. Fletcher, of Madeley (who had written on that unfortunate war, in a manner that had pleased the minister), to know what he wanted, he sent him word, that he wanted but one thing, which it was not in his lordship's power to give him, and that was more grace.God resisteth the proud.How God resisteth the proudR. Among these advantages contentment holds a foremost place.I. (3)A stimulus in the contemplation of higher or sterner duties, and an encouragement to enter on wider fields.5. 2. We are very apt to commit mistakes as to the strength of our desire for grace. Why should we rest satisfied with the highest measures of grace already bestowed? We learn from the Bible that pride is a great sin; and nothing in the world is so dangerous as sin. We learn from the Bible that pride is a great sin; and nothing in the world is so dangerous as sin. The humble man is likewise more CONTENTED IN MISFORTUNES OR IN ADVERSITY than he would and could be without the aid of this virtue. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. A solace under forebodings of deeper trouble in common life.6. Scripture: James 4:2. A solace under forebodings of deeper trouble in common life.6. 6. James 4:6-10. IV. There is nothing in the world so profitable to us — nothing that is worth so much — nothing that pays so well as the grace of God. But he giveth more grace - The reference here is undoubtedly to God. (James 3:1) Bite Your Tongue! It is not for holding, but for casting, as we have said, like seed-corn into the field of life. "Doth the Spirit [i.e. Could we prefer a claim, we should receive, not a gift, but a debt. Another thing that persons are proud of is their dress. Grace is indeed an absolute donation. Philippians 4:6-7. Humility prompts him to fall prostrate in the dust before the Most High and to adore Him as the All-wise and All-gracious, even there where he perceives naught but darkness around him.II. This is why it says: "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. When the wings were finished, he fitted them on vein carefully with wax. God resisteth the proud in destroying their remembrance and cutting off their posterity from the earth for their pride and wickedness. We resist our enemies; and God resists the proud because He regards them as His enemies. The fable says that Daedalus made wings for himself and his son, so that they might have the pleasure of flying. It hints at a direction for spiritual conflict. My spiritual poverty, then, is my own fault, for the Lord giveth more grace to all who believe for it. The humble man is likewise more CONTENTED IN MISFORTUNES OR IN ADVERSITY than he would and could be without the aid of this virtue. )Need of more graceWilliam Jay.Were you to rest satisfied with any present attainments to which you have reached, it would be an abuse of encouragement. This was the sin that turned angels into devils. It would be an evidence that you know nothing of the power of Divine grace in reality, for —"Whoever says, I want no more,Confesses he has none. c. James 1:10-11—the fool seeks riches, not realizing he will fade away in his pursuit! God resisteth the proud by confounding their counsels, enterprises, and devices, as appeareth in proud Achitophel and others; as in the invincible navy of the proud Spaniards sent against little England, so confounded and in greatest part destroyed by the mighty hand of God.5. He resisteth them by punishing them for their pride against Him, as He did the builders of the turret of Babel.2. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 1. When we puff up with pride, take credit for His work, or refuse to give the thanks He deserves, He sets Himself against us. And yet is not this last what we are so apt to do? He went up nearer and nearer towards the sun, till the warmth of its beams melted the wax. Some are proud of beauty, whom God resisteth by sending sickness or other means to hinder and remove that from them. We have compromised God’s principles for money, status, or power, choosing not to live according to the wisdom of God. (Vers. Larger supplies.3. Some are proud of their strength, which languishing sickness abateth. John Hagee (November-06-2020) Daily Devotion: James 4:6 - But He gives more grace. God resisteth the proud when He turneth their ambition and vainglory into ignominy and shame. Thereof the holy prophet David may be understood. He knows that as a man he is a frail creature, liable to innumerable accidents, that he has no real claim to an uninterrupted succession of prosperous days and favourable events, and that it is incompatible with the present condition of mankind; and the more sensibly he feels all this, the less is he surprised when such misfortunes actually befal him, if bad and good days alternately succeed in the course of his life.(G. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to … The precious things of the Christian resemble the farmer's seed-corn. "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble." New International Version. Then his wings fell off, and down he fell, head over heels, into the sea. 8. We resist our enemies; and God resists the proud because He regards them as His enemies. In Grecian story there is a fable about a man named Daedalus and his son Icarus, which shows the danger of pride. Much of our joy hereafter will be the joy of admiration, the joy of surprise. Some are proud of their strength, which languishing sickness abateth. Other sins are more patient of reproof, for conscience will frequently consent to the reproofs of God's Word; but pride first blinds the mind, and then arms the affections — it lass the judgment asleep, and then awakens anger.(T. Thus He conquers us with lovingkindness. But the Lord hates it, because it is a sin that sets itself most against Him. Not that he imputes to his good qualities, his merits, a higher value than they properly profess, or satisfies himself with any, however low, degree of wisdom and virtue; but he is more contented with himself, inasmuch as he voluntarily submits to the limitations of his nature and his present state, little as it may be in itself and in comparison with what superior beings may be able to do and to enjoy. BRING IT HOME BY SPECIAL APPROPRIATION.1. While we sleep, He aligns the pieces that give the increase. God resisteth the proud and wicked when He armeth one proud and wicked man against another, and causeth them to destroy one the other, as 2 Chronicles 20:22; Isaiah 49:26; Isaiah 20:2. If it be so in this life, humility will only cry the louder from the grave. Some are proud of beauty, whom God resisteth by sending sickness or other means to hinder and remove that from them. Daedalus was humble-minded, and did not attempt to fly very high. Sometimes He resisteth the proud by hindering their purposes by some means unlocked for, as 2 Kings 19:9; Acts 4:21. )HumilityIt seems hard that the very grace said to be the most difficult to acquire should often make those who have won it of least account in the world. My spiritual poverty, then, is my own fault, for the Lord giveth more grace to all who believe for it.2. The text was James 4:13-17, our text today. We resist our enemies; and God resists the proud because He regards them as His enemies. Thereof the holy prophet David may be understood. Some are proud of riches, as he that said to his soul (Luke 12:20). 1. Pride does not only withdraw the heart from God, but lifts it up against God. We read in another place that God "filleth the hungry with good things, but the rich He sends empty away."III. And suppose that clerk should feel proud of what his employer had entrusted to him, and should boast ablaut it to his friends. God resisteth the proud when He turneth their devices upon their own necks, and maketh them fall into the same mischiefs and snares which they have prepared for others (Esther 7:9).4. Higher orders.4. Those that have once tasted that the Lord is gracious, will always cry, "Evermore give us this bread to eat. How many persons are proud on account of their wealth. 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