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)