H. H. Murray.Nothing is more plainly taught in the Scriptures than that men are exposed to Satanic influence. Paul’s “I” was willingly united with Christ, who continually and willingly obeyed the Father’s will. Huntington. Through this death and resurrection the believers are freed from the old aeon and the new aeon is founded.… Because the existence of all within an aeon is based upon and determined by the founding events, the whole of the aeon shares in these events” Tannehill, Dying and Rising with Christ, 39). On the ground your Maker lies. In the context of this ceremonial purification the idea was withdrawal from the profane (common) and dedication to God, thereby making one ceremonially ready. This is the being, then, whom we are commanded to resist.1. The heart was considered to be the seat of the mind and will, and it could be taught what the brain could never know. E’er to do Thy will and fear Thee, 8 gDraw near to God, and he will draw near to you. But there is no reason why, by care and effort — a careful placing of the feet, and keeping our powers well collected — we cannot make headway against it. Yet once more, we must resist the devil watchfully and prayerfully.(A. When the wandering dove returns to the ark, Noah puts out his hand to pull her in unto him. The first line refers to outward acts of sin, the language of ceremonial cleansing for the priestly approach to God; the expression ye sinners is addressed to believers who need cleansing.          1. W. Shape, M. 2. (3) In the context of James this may refer to those whose minds were tossed to and fro with various ideas: now lifted up with a wave of presumption, then cast down in a gulf of despair, being torn between hopes and fears concerning their acceptance with God. The adulterous character of worldliness (James 4:4) (1)Word of God. "Christian submissionPaley.Few things are easier than to perceive, to extol the goodness of God, the bounty of Providence, the beauties of nature, when all things go well, when our health, our spirits, our circumstances, conspire to fill our hearts with gladness, and our tongues with praise. James 4 – Walk This Way Come Near to God July 12, 2020 James 4:7-10 NIV Submit yourselves, then, to God. Okay, everyone, we need our Hershey kisses. It is our first obedience. If the sanctified are said to be "filled with the Holy Ghost," "why," said Peter to Ananias, "hath Satan filled thy heart?" I confess it. We must beware of resisting him in one or more, and making this a kind of compensation for yielding to him in others.2. In the first place, we must resist him boldly and at once. Yet once more, we must resist the devil watchfully and prayerfully.(A. There is truth in the following explanation of so-called “miserable-sinner Christianity” expressed by Luther: A Christian is at the same time a sinner and a saint; he is at once bad and good. And before a man can have peace with God he must submit himself to the sentence of the law. Thus Athanasius applied this description to the Eusebians, who sometimes held one thing and then another. In this life, he flees only to rally his forces and return. I confess it. On some streams you can drift; but, in the rapids which plunge hellward, no man can lie on his back, and float; he must keep in quick nervous action, or sink. But those remnants now stand at the periphery of the real core of the person who is redeemed, God-oriented, and thus bent toward righteousness in his nature. Chicago: Moody Press), Tony Evans writes that "Cleansing the hands refers to confessing and getting rid of the wrong things we are doing. C. Lees, D. D.)The devil to be resistedA gentleman, who has spent many years of his life in capturing wild animals, says of the wolf, that, when attacked, he will first note the earnestness with which the enemy presses the attack, and, if he shows great determination, he scampers away. It is true I am a great sinner, but it is written, "Jesus Christ came to save sinners"; therefore I shall be saved! To parley with him is to be conquered.1. Can suggest ideas to the mind. It is said that a Protestant woman was kept in that hideous place for forty years, and during all that time her employment was in graving with a piece of iron, for any one who might come after her, that word. Sinners (268) (hamartolos from hamartano = to miss a mark) is an adjective which describes a person who is continually missing the mark, one who is devoted to sin and thus lives in continual opposition to God's will (as used here by James). The way to have God turn to us in mercy is to turn to Him in duty. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. We urge it from a consideration of the punishment which inevitably follows the crime of non-submission to God. Hebrews 7:19-note (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. In the waters of this assurance the dirtiest may wash and be cleansed. Lenski remarks that double-minded "fittingly describes the bad condition of the heart; it is like adulteresses which was used in Jas 4:4-note. South.)ResistJ. Let this encourage us to come to God—indeed, to run to him. Stand shoulder to shoulder.2. We can resist evil. Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Comment: Here Luke uses the passive voice meaning to be purified, while James 4:8 uses the active voice which speaks of the reader making a decision of their will to carry out the necessary action to purify oneself). At last the cause is plain. Turning to the New Testament, Christians are frequently addressed as “saints” (e.g., Acts 9:32; Eph. That is not good reasoning. (Brown, Colin, Editor. Come near to him, aim for the support of his presence; Christ is the way, but you must resolve upon it: I must and I will. Out of this thought comes also what might be called the hopefulness of morality. When you honor God and trust Him with your most special things – your dreams, your hopes, your friends, your stuff – He honors that right back. A. It brings both our hearts and our wills to the side of God.”, Second, the transformation of the believer in the change of dominions over him through dying and rising with Christ is further seen in the biblical concept of having a “new heart.” As Jewett explains, “A characteristic of the heart as the center of man is its inherent openness to outside impulses, its directionality, its propensity to give itself to a master and to live towards some desired goal.” This characteristic stems from the fact that Christians as finite persons can live only in “radical dependence on otherness.”, Most significantly, as Jewett noted, what the heart takes in becomes its master, stamping the heart with its character. In the next place, we must resist the devil "strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." The love of One who has loved us, suffered and died for us, snatched us from the verge of everlasting woe, placed us beneath the light of the loving-kindness and tender mercy of God, called us to seek and find, if we will, a crown of heavenly glory — may well constrain us to submit for a little while to a discipline which He judges necessary to train us for the inheritance He has procured for all the redeemed.

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