Tag: quarrels and fights

Perils of an adulterous people!

Scripture reading for October 8th: James 4

Key Scriptures: James 4:1-5 “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us”?

James addressed the church with several questions. He used the rabbinic method of that day, perfected by Jesus Christ, to cause God’s people to think deeply about their own lives and also about their relationship with God and the world they lived in. There were some who had more friendship with the world than love and commitment to God. They had made a commitment, but were now acting in an adulterous manner towards their Savior by following their own passions instead of Christ’s love and obedience. The result was quarreling and fights among believers. There was internal strife and divided loyalty and hatred which was equal to murder. James asked them to consider that God jealously yearned over them and had given them His Holy Spirit as a down-payment on the future eternal life together. Grace was needed and humbly asking God in faith was the first step.

James 4:6-8 “But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, forgive your people for their adulterous ways and divided loyalty. Forgive us of the quarreling and fighting and passion for things over our relationship with You. Fill us afresh with You Holy Spirit and give us grace to resist the devil and draw nearer to You with clean hands and a pure heart.

James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

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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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