These are my notes from a sermon by pastor Bil Gebhardt.
From the series of sermons from James 4:1-12.
Don’t let our selfish emotions and pride separate us from God’s grace.
Our selfish, hedonistic emotions can cause great harm.
- The source of our conflicts comes from the inside, our internal desires and emotions.
- Once your emotions take control, you are capable great sin.
- Example: Lust turning into murder
- Fighting and quarrel doesn’t come from God, it comes from our emotions.
- We pray the wrong way. We should pray for what God wants, not to confirm our own feelings or get what we want.
Our selfish, hedonistic lifestyle means we are worldly and an enemy of God.
- Friendship of the world makes an enemy of God.
- Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold and control your emotions.
- Galations 6:14 tells us that because of the cross, our interest into the world died long ago. This means we don’t have to give into the worldly views of satisfaction.
So What Can We Do?
God’s grace is the cure to all our conflicts and can overcome all our quarrels, if we allow it.
- God’s grace allows us to give up control of our own life.
- We need to have enough humility to put ourselves under God and acknowledge Him in all our ways.
- God’s grace allows us to resist the devil.
- Stand firm and don’ let the devil take control.
- God’s grace allows us to draw near to Him.
- Make personal worship of God a priority.
- God’s grace allows us to acknowledge our sins.
- Talk about it to the Lord.
- Do you see your sin the same way God does.
- God’s grace allows us to acknowledge our own hypocrisy.
- Purify your hearts.
- We are children of God yet we still act worldly.
- God’s grace allows us to mourn own our sin.
- Our we sorrowful for our sins.
- Romans 7:15-25 talks about how we know what is right but don’t do it because we let our emotions take over.
- Jesus sets us free.
- God’s grace allows us to respond to the Lord with humility.
- Our own pride is the barrier of God’s grace in our lives.
- God’s grace allows us not speak against one another.
- By speaking ill of others, we take on a role that is not given to us. There is only one law giver and judge. Who are we to judge?