Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Sept 11, 2011                        "Not Thy Will but Mine be done!" 
Sun Am Worship                                Many faces of Sin       

Text:  James 4:12 16  (King James Version)

          "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"


James 4:12   There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

James 4:13   Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

James 4:14   Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

James 4:15   For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

James 4:16   But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

James 4:17   Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.


Let's pray. Father,

Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN


Sin is not just avoiding evil. It is coming face to face with evil in hand to hand combat.


A. To Him It Is Sin
1. In verse 17, James says "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin."
2. This is a striking definition of sin: to know that we should do something and to refuse to do it is sin.
3. Although this statement may apply to any number of situations, James intended it to refer to the immediately preceding context.

4. It is like saying, "Now that I have pointed the matter out to you, you have no excuse." Knowing what should be done obligates a person to do it.
5. We tend to limit sins to specific acts--doing wrong. But James tells us that sin is also not doing what is right.
a. It is a sin to lie; it can also be a sin to know the truth and not tell it.
b. It is a sin to speak evil of someone; it is also a sin to avoid that person when you know he needs your friendship.
c. It is a sin to disobey God; it is also a sin to act without seeking his guidance.

B. Doing the Right Thing
1. To make a decision without seeking God's will is sin.
2. To fail to seek God's will because you're afraid his answer will be "No," is sin.
3. To know that God's answer is no and do it anyway is sin.
4. The wages of sin is death!

We know we Walk by Faith and not by Sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7   (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)       

Why then are so many walking like they don't even know where they are going!


1. Illustration: Professor Lowell of Harvard University was speaking many years ago to a gathering on Columbus Day. He said that there were three profound things about Christopher Columbus' discovery of America: First, when he left Spain he didn't know where he was going. Second, when he arrived in the New World he didn't know where he was. Third, when he returned to Ferdinand in his court he didn't know where he had been. 'And he did it all on borrowed money!'


Hebrews 10:38   Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.


James 2:18   Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.

James 2:19   Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

James 2:20   But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?


God is Holy and he Commanded us to be Holy!

1 Peter 1:15   But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1 Peter 1:16   Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.


The person who is living the life of holiness will be humbly aware of their forgiveness and yet diligent in seeking to eliminate any trace of sin from their lives. They will be people who are constantly saying, "Here am I Lord," use me! The idea of an unchanged Christian is a contradiction in terms. If you are not pursuing holiness, there is a good chance you are not a child of God, no matter how long you have been in Church


Hebrews 12:14   Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:


Make God First Priority


The Great Commission is not the Great Omission! This is not just for the Preachers. When the Holy Spirit was given in the book of Acts, it was not just given to the Apostles and the Preachers. He was poured out upon all flesh.


Mark 16:15   And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:16   He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 16:17   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and


He must be First in all things of our lives! And he must be LORD of all.


Matthew 6:33   But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:34   Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

2. Every time we make plans without asking God for guidance we are asking for trouble.
3. Every time we attempt to do something without first bathing it in prayer we are flirting with disaster.
4. I like to call it "doing my will in God's name."
5. All too often we walk out ahead of God instead of following His leading, and then when it all falls apart we blame it on Him.
6. If we want the blessings of God we have to stay in the will of God.

If we try and come in any other way we are a thief and a robber!

John 10:1   Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

John 10:2   But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

John 10:3   To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

John 10:4   And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

B. Is It God's Will?
1. Illustration: Once a man stopped to talk to a farmer who was erecting a new building. He asked the farmer what the building was for. The farmer replied, "Well, if I can rent it, it's a rustic cabin. If I can't rent it, it's a cow shed."
2. Prov. 19:21 There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the LORD'S counsel--that will stand.
3. Prov. 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
4. We must acknowledge that God is soverign.
5. We must acknowledge that he holds everything in his hands.
6. We must acknowledge that without him we can do nothing.
Transition: The forth thing that James tells us is that...

IV. Self-Sufficiency is Boasting (16)

A. Boasting
1. James says "But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil."
2. The word "boastings" (alazoniais) means an empty boaster (A.T. Robertson. Word Pictures In The New Testament, Vol. 6, p.56).
3. That is, it is a person who boasts about something he thinks he has, but he does not really have it.
4. Any person who goes through life without God is just like this.
a. He lives and plans, thinking that he controls his life and the future.
b. His life is one big boast of self-sufficiency, and it is wrong, totally wrong.
5. Instead of focusing on God's will in our plans, we arrogantly boast as though they could control their own destiny.
6. Such boasting is evil because it takes no thought of God.
B. Pride
1. Illustration: Two Texans were trying to impress each other with the size of their ranches. One asked the other, 'What's the name of your ranch?' He replied, 'The Rocking R, ABC, Flying W Circle C, Bar U, Staple Four, Box D, Rolling M, Rainbow's End, Silver Spur Ranch.' The questioner was much impressed and exclaimed, 'Whew! That's sure some name! How many head of cattle do you run?' The rancher answered, 'Not many. Very few survive the branding.
2. Ps. 52:7 "Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness."
3. To make plans leaving God out of the equation is pride, and no matter how you slice it, pride is sin.
4. "If you think you stand take head lest you fall."
Transition: James gets to the heart of the matter when he says...


1. Self-sufficiency is planning without God (v.13).
2. Self-sufficiency is failure to recognize the uncertainty of life (v.14).
3. Self-sufficiency is failure to acknowledge God (v.15).
4. Self-sufficiency is boasting, bragging, and arrogance (v.16).
5. Self-sufficiency is sin (v.17).
6. The next time you need to make a decision what will you do?
a. Will you seek God's will?
b. Will you seek your will?

II. Self-Sufficiency Is Failure to Recognized the Uncertainty of Life (14)

A. You Do Not Know What Will Happen

1. There is a problem with these well-made plans--no one can know what will happen tomorrow, to say nothing of a year in the future.
2. Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
3. There are two reasons why tomorrow is uncertain. First, Our minds and nature are limited.
a. We just cannot know the future.
b. No matter what we may plan or think, we do not know what will happen tomorrow; we are completely in the dark.
c. We do not know about tomorrow. In fact, we do not know what will happen one hour from now.
d. The point is this: we forget and ignore our nature—who we are, how limited we really are, how uncertain life with all its happenings and events really is.
4. Second, Our lives at most are only as a vapor that appears for a brief time and then vanishes away.
a. Not only is our knowledge limited, but our very lives are uncertain. We may not be here next year.
b. Life is short no matter how long we live. We shouldn't be deceived into thinking we have plenty of time left to live for Christ, to enjoy our loved ones, or to do what we know we should.
c. Today is the day to live for God! Then, no matter when our lives end, we will have fulfilled God's plans for us.

B. Life is Uncertain
1. Illustration: The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. Richard L. Evans
2. One of the beauties about seeking God first in our life is that we may not know what tomorrow holds, but he does.
3. We may not know what will happen next week, but God does.
4. We don't know how long we will be here, but God does.
5. If we want a future that is certain then we must put our lives in God's hands and depend on him for everything.
Transition: James also tells us...

III. Self-Sufficiency is Failure to Acknowledge God (15)

A. If the Lord Wills
1. James says we should say "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."
2. For a believer to leave God out of his plans is an arrogant assumption of self-sufficiency.
3. We must make sure those plans include the clause, if the Lord wants us to. We are to plan, but we are to recognize God's higher will and divine sovereignty.
4. This means far more than simply saying, "If God wills," whenever we speak about future plans, for that too can become meaningless.
5. It means planning with God as we make our plans.
a. Our plans should be evaluated by God's standards and goals, and they should be prayed over with time spent listening for God's advice.
b. Such planning pleases God.