Read: James 4:4-6 Memorize: James 4:6 Pastor Josh December 17-23, 2015
James gives us an interesting parallel here. "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." He is talking to fellow believers here and saying that if you are a friend of the world you are like an adulterer. We all know what an adulterer is, someone who has been unfaithful to their spouse. Many times in scripture Christ refers to his church as the "bride of Christ". What James is saying is are we faithful to God or are we flirting with the world. If we are a friend of the world, James says we are enemies of God! I don't want to be God's enemy. Do you?
I John 2:15-16 says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." Do you love the things of the world, more than you love God?
This is a battle that rages within us. The world looks great and the things of the world look fun, and there is a struggle in your heart. Notice what James says in the next verse, "Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, the spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?" This is the battle between right and wrong, between am I going to please God or please myself. This struggle is always there and sometimes you might feel like you can't get victory over it, but James gives us the key in the next verse.
"But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." The fact that God gives us grace in times of need tells us that His grace is stronger that our flesh. We can have a desire to please God that is stronger than the desires to please ourselves. But the key is that we have to humble ourselves and get rid of our selfish pride. We need to lean on God and not ourselves.