Tag: quarrels and fights

Battling desires with prayer!

Scripture reading for November 4th:  James 4

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  James 4:1-4  “What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have, because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you many spend what you get on your pleasures.  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?”  

James was concerned about quarrels and strife in the church that came from worldly wisdom because of envy and jealousy.   These desires sprang from the old nature that should have been put to death by faith in Jesus Christ and total dependence on His mercy.  The people that were following these desires were not seeking God in prayer and submitting to His will.  When they did ask, they were asking with selfish motives so that God did not answer!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers pray asking for God’s will and kingdom to be done on earth as in heaven.  They love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength!  “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what He commands.  Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.”  (Zephaniah 2:3)

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He gives more grace!

Scripture reading for November 5th:  James 4

Because of the sins that James had highlighted, there were those who were always quarreling in the church of Jerusalem.  Can you imagine that?  People were showing partiality, trying to get what they wanted, listening to the word of God but not applying it, and their undisciplined tongues ran wild causing turmoil!

“What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”  (James 4:1-3)

James spoke plainly about the source of fights in the church.  People were driven by their feelings and not by the word of God!  Their motives were selfish and they wanted only what would make them happy instead of submitting to God, their leaders, and serving others.  I am sure glad nothing like this happens in the church today!

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the Spirit He caused to live in us envies intensely?  But He gives more grace.  That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  (James 3:4-6)

God’s grace to those caught in the quarreling would be given only to the humble!  Even today, we must resist the devil and humbly draw near to God, asking for His grace!  He gives without condemnation!

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