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Scripture Reading: James 4:1-10

The Seeds of Sin


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1.  Every person struggles with sin and its temptations, 1 Jno. 1:8, 10; Rom. 3:9, 12, 23.

2.  It is the Christian’s objective not to let sin dominate (rule) his life, Rom. 6:1-2, 12-14; 1 Jno. 2:1.

3.  Mankind and sin: Jas. 1:12-16 -- 

  a.  The source and challenge, 1:13-14.

  b.  The battle, 1:12, 14.

  c.  The cost, 1:15.

  d.  The warning, 1:16.

  e.  The victory, 1:12.

4.  The seeds, effects and remedy of sin, Jas. 4:1-10.


I.  THE SEEDS OF SIN, Jas. 4:1-6 (Matt. 15:18-20).

  A.  Selfish Lust, Jas. 4:1-3 (1:14-15).

    1. Pleasures: “the desire to get what one does not have and greatly desires” (Robertson, Word Pictures, VI:49).

      a.  Idea of pleasing oneself, cf. Lk. 8:14; Tit. 3:3.

        1)  Lusts of men in opposition to will of God, 1 Pet. 4:1-2.

        2)  Flesh/eyes/pride: The objects of men’s lusts, 1 Jno. 2:16.

      b.  Often try to satisfy lusts through violent means (cf. domestic abuse, hostilities, terrorism, murder, wars, etc.), Jas. 4:2.

    2.  Selfishness, 4:3; Wrong motives (Phil. 2:3-4). Rather than deny ourselves, self is indulged, Lk. 9:23.

  B.  Worldliness, Jas. 4:4 (Mk. 4:19; 1 Jno. 2:15-17).

    1.  Active faith: Friend of God (enemy of world), Jas. 2:22-23.

    2.  Faithlessness: Friend of the world (enemy of God), Jas. 4:4.

    3.  Cannot have two Masters, Matt. 6:24; Eph. 5:7-11.We choose our Master!

  C.  Envy, Jas. 4:5.

    1.  “Feeling of displeasure produced by witnessing or hearing of the advantage or prosperity of others…envy desires to deprive another of what he has.” (Vine, II:37)

    2.  “Is it to envying that the Spirit … longs?” (Pulpit Comm.)

    3.  Envy is the engine and companion of strife, Rom. 13:13; 1 Cor. 3:3.

  D.  Pride, Jas. 4:6 (resist the devil, 1 Pet. 5:8-9).

    1.  Over-estimation of self, Gal. 6:3.

    2.  Associated with love of self, 2 Tim. 3:2.

    3.  Cf. connection with temptation and self (Jas. 1:14).


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  A.  Conflict (Wars, fightings), Jas. 4:1.

    1.  With man (4:1-2); cf. Gal. 5:13-15, 25-26. War, murder, covetous act can be traced back to the pursuit of selfish pleasures.

    2.  Within self (4:1, 3); cf. 1 Pet. 2:11; Rom. 7:22-24.

      a.  James addresses nominal Christians (name only) who have not put sin to death in their lives (Col. 3:5). This person lives for his own “pleasures” (sensuality) rather than the will of God.

      b.  Sin wars against the soul, 1 Pet. 2:11.

      c.  We give sin the victory when we yield to its powers, Rom. 7:22-24. Christ is the answer the conflict sin produces.

    3.  With God (4:4); cf. Col. 1:21; Rom. 8:7.

      a.  Sin adulterates our marriage to Christ, Rom. 7:4.

      b.  To be in conflict with God is to fight a losing battle (Acts 5:39; Prov. 21:30-31).

      c.  God, the source of every blessing (Jas. 1:17), is alienated by our sins (cf. Jas. 4:6).

      d.  We cannot hope for His blessings and approval as we sin.

  B.  Our Responsibility is to Stop Sinning, Col. 3:5-10 (Rom. 6:2).


III.  HOW TO AVOID SIN (Remedy), Jas. 4:7-10.

  A.  Flee Temptation before it Conceives, 1 Cor. 10:13 (2 Tim. 2:22).

  B.  Be Humble before God (and men).

    1.  Submit to God, 4:7 (resist devil).

      -Refuse selfish lust: Exercise lust control (Rom. 13:13-14) through self-denial, Gal. 2:20.

    2.  Draw near to God, 4:8.

      -Worldliness: Turn away from it and to the world above, Col. 3:1-4.

    3.  Cleanse hands and purify hearts, 4:8.

      -Envy: Regard others better than yourself, Phil. 2:3-4.

    4.  Godly sorrow, 4:9 (Matt. 5:4).

      -Pride: Think soberly, Rom. 12:3.

  C.  Trust God to Exalt You, Jas. 4:10 (1 Jno. 5:4).

    -Not yourself, your possessions, your achievements, etc.



1.  In our struggle with sin we must not plant the seeds that will grow and bear the fruit of sin; Avoid temptations.

2.  When we sin: Confess it and return to God (1 Jno. 1:9; 2:1-2).



By: Joe R. Price

Posted: May 2, 2013