He drew nearest thus to Israel His people, to whom He gave His law and statutes, whereby He became familiar unto them. Anything That Divides Our Thoughts And Allegiance. By wavering or double-minded he noteth the shameful hypocrisy which was crept in, even into their lives, which made some show of religion, And had a pretence of godliness, but in their hearts were full of ungodliness.3. It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. Reynolds. The man abandons self for God. Crosby, D. D.The heart is naturally at enmity with God. To which short precept is set down a like promise: draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, "lift you up." If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. Where, then, the apostle saith draw near to God, and He will draw near to you, he speaketh chiefly of drawing near by His grace, favour, mercy; who enlargeth His lovingkindness towards all those which with reverence and fear draw near unto Him.3. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. And therefore Christ is Emmanuel. His comfort comes from no such proud and false source, but from resting his evil heart on the pardoning and cleansing love of his Redeemer. (5) God draweth near unto men in offering His mercy, showing His favour, assisting with His help, multiplying His livingkindness unto them. The greatness of the benefit to be secured.3. (3)We must embrace the plan of reconciliation by Jesus Christ.2. 7-9). The certainty of the result.4. )Mourning for sinJ. These things thus set down, in the last place we are taught how we should draw near to God, which the apostle expresseth in these words: "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded. Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. says an objector, "is that a true humility which is humble in order to be exalted?" The way that a drop of rain comes to sing in the leaf that rustles in the top of the tree all the summer long, is by going down to the roots first, and from thence ascending to the bough.(H. It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. In coming to Him, we come to our Judge.(T. Thomson, D. D.Humility stands opposed to pride. That the second person loved the first? Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. What great reason have we to be animated in our Christian warfare by the presence and support of the Lord of hosts! 2. It is our pleasure to be in the society of those we love, and to converse with them. The way that a drop of rain comes to sing in the leaf that rustles in the top of the tree all the summer long, is by going down to the roots first, and from thence ascending to the bough.(H. A. (2)In purging of their hearts before God.(R. Or served to disconnect us. (4) Neither do men draw near to God by prayer only, but also by repentance, which is a returning again to God, whom, through the sins and iniquities of our lives, we have left and forsaken. The way that a drop of rain comes to sing in the leaf that rustles in the top of the tree all the summer long, is by going down to the roots first, and from thence ascending to the bough.(H. There is one phrase especially in our text on which we desire to lay stress: "In the sight of the Lord." )Let your laughter be turned to mourning.Carnal joy exchanged for godly sorrowT. And can we have been often with the holy God, and not be holy?(O. James then gives us the formula for drawing near. "What!" W. This implies, in the first place —1. It seemed to look at me when I went in. The humility inculcated in my text is humility in reference, not to another creature more exalted than ourselves, but to God, who is immeasurably exalted above all creatures. It seemed to look at me when I went in. His comfort comes from no such proud and false source, but from resting his evil heart on the pardoning and cleansing love of his Redeemer. But the humility enjoined upon us not only respects our relation to God as His creatures, whose every faculty must be traced to Him — it also respects our relation to Him as His sinful creatures — who are thus removed at a still greater distance from Him than they naturally were, and liable to His high and holy indignation. We cannot see God without praying to Him as the source of pardon and holiness, the only guardian and guide of the soul.(H. )Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.Lividly as in God's sightH. We only exhort you to form a just and precise valuation of what you really are, as compared with what you ought to be, according to the rule which has been Divinely enacted, and to maintain the conduct which such an appreciation is calculated to produce. That the humility is not a humbling of ourselves before our fellow-men. We must come near to God. )Drawing near to GodR. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, "lift you up." 4. The certainty of the result.4. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. The words bearing this signification, the matter followeth, that men in purity and sincerity of their lives draw near unto God, which consisteth in two things. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. Crosby, D. D.)Humility explained, and its necessity enforcedA. The saddest duties are sweeter than the greatest triumphs, and the worst and most afflicted part of godliness is better than all the joys and comforts of the world. The man abandons self for God. In coming to Him, we come to our Judge.(T. That is the measure of your sinfulness; and if your humility should be in proportion to your sinfulness, what limit can be set to it? Trapp.Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. And therefore Christ is Emmanuel. There is one phrase especially in our text on which we desire to lay stress: "In the sight of the Lord." It seemed to look at me when I went in. The dreadful consequences of continued estrangement.(Alex. Our humility is to be wrought in His sight. It must be in righteousness and holiness. or the same field, both blessed with the faculty of speech, and delighting to converse with all others, but never conversing with each other, what would be your conclusion? THE IMPORTANCE of obeying this injunction to our final happiness and security. Yes, it is. Where, then, the apostle saith draw near to God, and He will draw near to you, he speaketh chiefly of drawing near by His grace, favour, mercy; who enlargeth His lovingkindness towards all those which with reverence and fear draw near unto Him.3. The way that a drop of rain comes to sing in the leaf that rustles in the top of the tree all the summer long, is by going down to the roots first, and from thence ascending to the bough.(H. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord's grace.3. Mouton.1. or the same field, both blessed with the faculty of speech, and delighting to converse with all others, but never conversing with each other, what would be your conclusion? We are to understand it as conveying a gracious promise of conscious and sensible communion with the Father of our spirits.II. Yes, it is. Trapp. "Men ought always to pray and not to faint." It is its power in the soul, and not its actual and manifold exhibition in the outward conduct, by which you are debased. The Greek word, πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief.(J. The words bearing this signification, the matter followeth, that men in purity and sincerity of their lives draw near unto God, which consisteth in two things. The reasonableness of prayer is manifest when we consider what we are —(1) As needy and dependent creatures. He is ready to offer Himself, and is pressed at hand to all such as come near unto Him, to make them to feel the comfort of His presence. That the second person loved the first? Merrill. Granting that you are as harmless as amiable, as deserving of esteem as you are thought to be, still it is all unavailing. In drawing nigh unto God a sinner must have a sense not only of his own unrighteousness, but of his own helplessness.3. These things thus set down, in the last place we are taught how we should draw near to God, which the apostle expresseth in these words: "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded. 1 have often thought of that picture, and said to myself, that in some such way God's all-seeing eye follows me all my life through. We only exhort you to form a just and precise valuation of what you really are, as compared with what you ought to be, according to the rule which has been Divinely enacted, and to maintain the conduct which such an appreciation is calculated to produce. (6) By reposing all trust and confidence in God, and clinging constantly unto Him, whereof Psalm 73:28. Thomson, D. D.)Humility in God's sightJ. We shall be willing that God should reign over us and rule within us. or the same field, both blessed with the faculty of speech, and delighting to converse with all others, but never conversing with each other, what would be your conclusion? )Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.Lividly as in God's sightH. This implies, in the first place —1. Mouton. Prayer is speaking to God. The exaltation, then, in this case must be an illusion. By no means; but the reverse. And this exhortation is highly important in the first place, because, unless we have just notions of what we are as sinners, we can neither perceive the value, nor be prepared for the reception of any scheme that may be devised for our deliverance; and in the second place, because, among the principles of our fallen nature, pride is that which has perhaps the greatest ascendancy over our minds, and prevents us from giving heed to those considerations which go to determine what we really are, and by doing so, to fix us at our proper level. There may be an endless variety in the mode and in the measure of sinning with which different individuals are chargeable. But the humility enjoined upon us not only respects our relation to God as His creatures, whose every faculty must be traced to Him — it also respects our relation to Him as His sinful creatures — who are thus removed at a still greater distance from Him than they naturally were, and liable to His high and holy indignation. The reasonableness of prayer may be shown from the example of the Saviour. Our humility is to be wrought in His sight. I went one day into his office. And yet God has not been in all your thoughts, and God has not been in all your ways. Could such a sacrifice as this, think you, have been demanded by "the Father of mercies," the possessor of infinite wisdom, the God of righteousness and justice, if it had not been necessary for the purpose for which it was required — the expiation of human guilt, and the deliverance of those to whom it attached, from the degradation and the ruin into which it had brought them? 3. THE MEANING. Crosby, D. D.)Humility explained, and its necessity enforcedA. (2)In purging of their hearts before God.(R. The humility inculcated in my text is humility in reference, not to another creature more exalted than ourselves, but to God, who is immeasurably exalted above all creatures. It also implies its own continuance, because of its Divine character. A. (6) By reposing all trust and confidence in God, and clinging constantly unto Him, whereof Psalm 73:28. It is better to have your good things to come, than here (Luke 16:21).2. To which short precept is set down a like promise: draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord's grace.3. But, this exceptional case aside, no man is to humble himself before his fellow-man.2. Hislop. But which of you can venture to say that your transgressions are few in number? 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. The abjectness and servility of one man to another are not pleasing to God. "(1) Men draw near to God by outward profession, though it be not always in sincerity of heart. It is man's finality in the kingdom of God as contrasted with his finality in the kingdom of Satan. There are certain indispensable prerequisites. "God giveth grace to the humble; therefore, be subject unto God." He sees Him who is invisible, and his motives come from that source, so invisible to the world. We must draw nigh to God with firm resolutions of continuing, through His grace, in His service during our whole lives. He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. )Laughter turned to mourningJ. But after having told you all that we can add intelligence as pleasing as that which went before it was painful. The words bearing this signification, the matter followeth, that men in purity and sincerity of their lives draw near unto God, which consisteth in two things. Reynolds. The name of Jesus is a powerful name. Mouton.1. He sees Him who is invisible, and his motives come from that source, so invisible to the world. By no means; but the reverse. Crosby, D. D.)Humility explained, and its necessity enforcedA. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. Scripture: James 4:8. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord's grace. It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. 2. It must be in the region where God dwells. (Vers. Our humility is to be wrought in His sight. Several benefits are imparted by the fulfilment of this promise. Reynolds. The graciousness of the invitation.2. We are to understand it as conveying a gracious promise of conscious and sensible communion with the Father of our spirits.II. Could such a sacrifice as this, think you, have been demanded by "the Father of mercies," the possessor of infinite wisdom, the God of righteousness and justice, if it had not been necessary for the purpose for which it was required — the expiation of human guilt, and the deliverance of those to whom it attached, from the degradation and the ruin into which it had brought them? We are to understand it as conveying a gracious promise of conscious and sensible communion with the Father of our spirits.II. (Sermons maybe freely distributed for the blessing of God's people providing that they are unaltered, copied in full and that the source is properly acknowledged.) He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God.(Bp. The greatness of the benefit to be secured.3. )Laughter turned to mourningJ. And therefore Christ is Emmanuel. G. He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. The believer's humility implies a life of prayer. THE MANNER.1. THE MOTIVES.1. This is the glorious "lifting up" which always accompanies a true humility. The power of the truth, the power of faith, the power of prayer, will silence his artillery. Reynolds.The mother of Artaxerxes was wont to say, that they who would address themselves unto princes must use silken words: surely he that would approach unto God must consider, and look as well to his words as to his feet. Turnbull. Life is A PROSPECT; looking beyond the bounds of time over into the bosom of eternity, and forward to the bar of God (2 Corinthians 5:1-9; 2 Timothy 4:8). I went one day into his office. By wavering or double-minded he noteth the shameful hypocrisy which was crept in, even into their lives, which made some show of religion, And had a pretence of godliness, but in their hearts were full of ungodliness.3. Crosby, D. D.The heart is naturally at enmity with God. "(1) Men draw near to God by outward profession, though it be not always in sincerity of heart. The man abandons self for God. It is not a humility of despair, but of faith. The great and vital fact with respect to you is, that you are stained with sin. (2)In purging of their hearts before God.(R. If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? As you continue to practice this prayer, you will begin to notice, in the moment, God with you and through your reflection, trends or threads that can direct decisions going forward. Meal was offered of old, and not whole corn.(J. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.–James 4:7-8 James delivers these three concise instructions straight from the Lord Jesus, each one crafted to equip us for living a successful Christian life this very day, and every day that we choose to … But the humility enjoined upon us not only respects our relation to God as His creatures, whose every faculty must be traced to Him — it also respects our relation to Him as His sinful creatures — who are thus removed at a still greater distance from Him than they naturally were, and liable to His high and holy indignation. If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? This is the arrangement established by the Author of salvation. The greatness of the benefit to be secured.3. Also, should you feel that you would like to talk to someone about what came up for you in prayer, we have on our web-page resources available for you to call. )Communion with GodAlex. God will give us that in sorrow which the world cannot find in pleasure; serenity, and contentment of mind. (4) God draweth near to men by pouring out His temporal benefits upon them, health, wealth, honour, and sending them deliverance out of their trouble (Deuteronomy 4:7; Philippians 4:5; Psalm 69:18; Psalm 119:151; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 46:1). "(2)A state of security ensues. (1) By the manifestation of His majesty, as to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and others (Genesis 12:7; Genesis 17:1; Genesis 18:1; Genesis 26:1; Genesis 28:13; Genesis 32:24; Exodus 33:23; Exodus 24:1; Exodus 3:2). Thomson, D. D.)Humility in God's sightJ. But, this exceptional case aside, no man is to humble himself before his fellow-man.2. When the sinner is made humble, he is merely undergoing a part of that moral process which must take place, in order that he may be raised from the death of sin to the life of holiness and peace. When the world repenteth of their joy, you will never repent of your sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10). The certainty of the result.4. It would not be if the exaltation were to be in the line of the humility; that is, if the man was to be exalted in the very pride from which he humbles himself. Worship is coming into His presence, and waiting upon Him — is listening to His voice.Approaches to GodBp. )Deep root, tall growthAs a tree, the more deeply it is rooted in the earth, the taller it groweth and mounteth the higher; even so a man, the more humble and lowly that he is, the more and higher doth the Lord exalt him.Christian humility the way of an exaltationH. (5) God draweth near unto men in offering His mercy, showing His favour, assisting with His help, multiplying His livingkindness unto them. KIM RIDDLEBARGER - SERMON TRANSCRIPTS. Hislop.I. The man abandons self for God. The graciousness of the invitation.2. "(1) Men draw near to God by outward profession, though it be not always in sincerity of heart. THE MOTIVES.1. That the humility is not a humbling of ourselves before our fellow-men. In … It is a good preservative from sin; as it is said, "praying will make us leave sinning," or "sinning will make us leave praying.". We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, "lift you up." THE MEANING. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. Trapp. The devices of God's wisdom become acceptable to you, the offers of His mercy become welcome to you, the hopes of His favour become precious to you, the whole manifestation of His redeeming love becomes available to you.(A. And one of the most common refuges in which the natural pride of man fortifies itself, is the self-righteous plea of what is called innocence and amiableness of character. It is man's finality in the kingdom of God as contrasted with his finality in the kingdom of Satan. A. The sinner must draw nigh unto God by the way of His own appointment, and that way is Christ.2. And the pervading guilt which such a consideration throws into it is incalculably aggravated by your not only resting upon its merits with satisfaction, but actually supposing it sufficient to secure the favour of that very Being whom it has so dishonoured, neglected, and disowned. You may want to light a candle as a symbol of the Spirit of God within you, or have some other item that reminds you of Gods love. The believer's humility is therefore, in the second place, a true humility. G. That the humility is not a humbling of ourselves before our fellow-men. Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. W. The great and vital fact with respect to you is, that you are stained with sin. Which promise is as a reason to move us to draw near to God. With clean hands and a pure heart.III. The great and vital fact with respect to you is, that you are stained with sin. It seemed to look at me when I went in. You must draw nigh to God in all His ordinances.4. In drawing nigh unto God a sinner must have a sense not only of his own unrighteousness, but of his own helplessness.3. It is its power in the soul, and not its actual and manifold exhibition in the outward conduct, by which you are debased. (6) By reposing all trust and confidence in God, and clinging constantly unto Him, whereof Psalm 73:28. And one of the most common refuges in which the natural pride of man fortifies itself, is the self-righteous plea of what is called innocence and amiableness of character. Trapp.Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. It must be in righteousness and holiness. Trapp.Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/sermon-why-we-fight-conflict-james-4 THE DUTY here required of us by the apostle principally implies a life of prayer and devotedness to God, as contrasted with the careless indifference or the dull formality of nominal or pretended Christians. Our repentance must be such as to involve us in misery; and we must cry out to God for pardon. )Communion with GodAlex. That is the measure of your sinfulness; and if your humility should be in proportion to your sinfulness, what limit can be set to it? Crosby, D. D.The heart is naturally at enmity with God. And can we have been often with the holy God, and not be holy?(O. Communion begets resemblance. It is the nature of sin itself, and not its multiplicity merely, which subjects you to degradation. By wavering or double-minded he noteth the shameful hypocrisy which was crept in, even into their lives, which made some show of religion, And had a pretence of godliness, but in their hearts were full of ungodliness.3. By no means; but the reverse. (6) God finally draweth near unto us in a spiritual union with man, through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, whereby God is united unto us and we to Him, by which means God dwelleth among us, and is made manifest in the flesh, as St. John and St. Paul speak. The Greek word, πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief.(J. Could such a sacrifice as this, think you, have been demanded by "the Father of mercies," the possessor of infinite wisdom, the God of righteousness and justice, if it had not been necessary for the purpose for which it was required — the expiation of human guilt, and the deliverance of those to whom it attached, from the degradation and the ruin into which it had brought them? 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