The last time we were in James, we started a section of his letter that runs all the way from chapter 4:1 through 5:6. This large section that we started last week is a three part section on what I call the pride test. James 4:1-12 - Selfish Pride. James 4:13-17 - Presumptive Pride. James 5:1-6 – Greedy Pride.
If you were to come up with the most basic definition of pride you could, what would it be? The most basic definition of pride I can think of is to say that pride is...putting ourselves in the place where only God should be. When we looked at selfish pride last week, we saw what happens when we elevate our selfish desires above God’s desire. Today we’re going to see what happens when we elevate our personal plans above God's plan. When we think we know more about the future than He does. When we pridefully presume upon God by placing our worries over His providence. I want us this coming year to be able to say with Him, "Not my will, but yours." In order to do that, we're going to look at three characteristics of presumptive pride. Read James 4:13-17