The following are points of emphasis from our study of the Book of James (Chapter 4):
1. The church is made up of wheat (children of God) and tares (false believers).
2. This mixture produces conflict.
3. At the root of the conflict is lust for worldly pleasure.
4. False believers are unsuccessful in their struggle with lust.
5. Contentment, freedom from lust, results from a relationship with God.
6. False believers demand that any such relationship be on their own terms.
7. Such terms always return to desiring self above God.
8. False believers outwardly profess God but inwardly pursue self.
9. False believers are at war with God and are enemies of God.
10. The human spirit, the inner person, is bent on evil.
11. The pursuit of worldly lust is evidence that faith is not genuine.
12. The grace of God is more powerful than the lust for sin.
13. The grace of God is reserved for the humble.
14. The humble man is enabled by God to submit to God.
15. A child of God is under the lordship of Christ.
16. A false believer is under the lordship of Satan.
17. There is no middle ground pertaining to one's lordship.
18. "Drawing near to God" means submitting to His lordship.
19. The redeemed heart longs for communion with God.
20. Communion with God requires confession of sin.
21. Confession of sin requires deep lament (sorrow and misery).
22. Our lament leads to our mourning.
23. Our mourning leads to our weeping.
24. A false believer laughs at their inner sin.
25. The judgment against others by false believers leads to their own judgment.
26. God alone saves the repentant soul.
27. Making plans without considering God marks the false believer.
28. Life is a vapor, and only God knows our future.
29. A child of God submits his plans to God (the lordship of Christ).
30. Sins of omission (making plans without God) leads to sins of commission (executing plans against God).