JAMES CHAPTER FOUR
Brothers, here in the book of James we are being taught why we not only war against ourselves, but also why we war against our brothers in Christ.
Read along with me now as we receive this teaching by James.
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Our earthly bodies desire to continue walking in the sinful flesh even though we crucify it daily. It is our lusts which cause us to war against ourselves.
2 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.
It is our nature to lust after a certain thing or things. But, God tells us here through his servant James that we have not the desires of our heart because we are not asking Him for these things. He says that we have not, because we ask not.
Brothers, do you see that we are to ask God for our desires. We are not to lust after it by our flesh, but rather we are to ask God, and seek these things in our spirit prayerfully.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
He goes on to explain that if we are asking to consume that desire on our lusts then we ask in error. We are to ask for all things that we may use those things to better serve God's mission for our lives. In service to God, not ourselves.
4 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. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Here we are told plainly that the things of this world are enemy's of God. We can not be friends with the evil lusts of this world, and also be friends with God.
He says that if we are a friend to the world then we are an enemy of God. Brothers, you do not want to be God's enemy!
See in verse five above that the scripture tells us that our spirit lives in lusts and envy. This is our sinful nature, and it is the reason why God's word tells us that we must crucify our flesh daily. We do this in prayer as we confess our sins of each day.
I do not say that you are to confess your sins of last week for we should have confessed those sins when we committed them. God has forgiven those sins that you have confessed, and not only forgiven, but also He has forgotten them. He does not remember your past sin, but he does know your present sin that you have not confessed. This is why when the Holy Spirit prompts you of the sin or lust or envy that you have committed then we are to confess that sin, and the bible tells us that God is faithful to forgive us.
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Brothers, do not over look our promise from God in verse 7. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. We only need to resist that temptation to sin. But, when we fail to resist then we are to confess that sin, and we will be forgiven.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
If we will draw close to God then he will draw close to us.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Brothers, be humble unto the Lord our God, and he will lift us up.
Now James speaks to us about how we are to treat, and love our brothers in Christ Jesus.
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
We are not the judge of our brothers. God, and God alone will judge each of us. We are not to speak evil of him, for this is judging him or her. This is not your job. We are told here that there is only one lawgiver, and he can both save and destroy.
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Brothers, we have no promise of tomorrow. When we rejoice in our boasting of what we will do tomorrow, we are rejoicing in evil. This is evil.
We are to say that if the Lord will, and we live, then we will do this or that. Do you see that it is up to our Lord whether or not we will even be alive to do this or that.
Brothers, always pray that the Holy Spirit will show us our lusts.
God bless you my brothers in Christ Jesus.
HVM - C32817
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.