Read: James 4:1-3 Memorize: James 4:3 Pastor Josh December 10-16, 2015
This chapter in James begins a new topic for us to look at. He is talking about worldliness. What is worldliness? The definition is of or relating to this world as contrasted with heaven, spiritual life, etc. Basically are you living like a christian or like the world? "From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" Living a life that pleases God is not easy! James begins by talking about arguing, backbiting, fighting and disagreeing among each other. Do you constanstly fight with your siblings or others around you? Are you always the one who has to get the last word in? According to this verse all this happens because of our own lusts, or selfish desires. Proverbs 13:10 says, "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom." If enjoying your own selfish desires is all you care about, then nothing but strife, hatred and division will follow you throughout your life.
"Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not." Here James is talking about how unsatisfied we are, we want more to try to satisfy our lusts. Then we are uncontrolled in our actions because we are not sitisfied and yet we still can't obtain what we want. Then lastly, we don't ask God becasue we know we will have to submit to His terms. Often our own selfishness leads to hatred. I John 3:15 says, "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:..." This is when your heart is so filled with hate, that in your heart, you have killed (Matthew 5:21-24).
"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." This is talking about when you pray and ask God for things but they are your own selfish desires not what God wants for you. God will not answer your prayer when that prayer is for your own selfish gain.
There are just two choices on the shelf,
pleasing God or pleasing self!
If self you choose, then you will lose;
If God's your choice, you will rejoice!