The Gateway Church

in and around Kings Lynn, West Norfolk

Pride stinks

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4th Dec, 2020 Day 339

James 4

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The moment we respond to the gospel we are born again (John 3:3), our spirit that used to be dead because of sin, comes alive (Ephesians 2:4,5), our old nature is dead and gone, replaced by a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17). But we don’t wake up the next morning with a new mind. It still needs renewing; old habits of thinking that lead to sinful actions need to be killed off and new ones formed (Romans 12:2). Our flesh does what it is told!

James 4, then, challenges us over the desires our minds may still have –

  • Coveting what others have leads to fighting and quarrelling.
  • Not praying for what we need or, if we do, praying with wrong motives. James pointedly calls that adultery – we are married to Jesus and yet we can be adulterous with the world! Tough stuff!

He then nails pride. Pride stinks – It’s like B.O. – everyone can smell it except the one with it. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

In v.7 onwards we get the answer:

  1. Submit yourself to God – draw near to Him
  2. Resist the devil – you can say no!
  3. The devil will flee – he won’t hang around if you are looking to stay saturated with the presence of God.

Then finally James returns to our tongues – because what comes out of our mouths reflects what is in our hearts.

  • Speak well of each other
  • Stop boasting  – our pride thinks we have everything planned, but is it God’s will?

Andy Moyle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - ANDY MOYLE

Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin