September 16, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | James 4:6-10
This week we look at James 4:6-10 where God’s word promises us that when we humble ourselves before gracious and loving God, good things happen! How often do we hesitate to come before the Lord because we feel guilty or ashamed? How often does our own pride prevent us from seeking much needed rest from the God of forgiveness and grace?
Scripture tells that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble,” and when we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up. This may seem counter intuitive but when we truly let God take over, He will move in ways we could never imagine.
Community Group Questions
Read: James 4:4-10, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Peter 5:6, Micah 6:8, Pro 3:34
1. What does it mean to truly humble yourself before God?
2. If you have already placed your faith in Christ, what does it look like to now submit yourself to Him fully in every circumstance? If you can, give an example.
- Why do we find this so difficult to do?
3. James 4:7 - What are some practical ways can we resist the Devil, and how often do we put them into practice? Ex: We need to learn to recognize his lies.
4. Why do we so often struggle to believe the promise in James 4:8? What circumstance does God often use to help us to draw near to Him?
5. Why do you think James begins and ends this section by calling us to be humble?
Proverbs 3:34: “Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.”