This is another older God Golds for you today but man does it still pack that same golden punch!!! I remember going through a time early on in my faith where James 4 was a Book and chapter I studied for quite some time. I remember getting super excited and jacked up about it but whats crazy is how easily over these past two years I’ve forgotten why I felt the way I did about it. So as we dig into these “James 4” old golds the next few weeks, let’s find out what got me so pumped up back then and what God has to pump you up today!
Warning Against Worldliness
“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? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
James 4 has worked on me in big ways this weekend so I figured I’d go over it piece by piece. I’ve noticed when fleshly passions for worldly things are at war inside of me it doesn’t just affect my world, it effects everyone around me. When focused on those passions, justifying how bad they are, telling myself “it’s not that bad.” Any passion that doesn’t align with the Lord is worldly, not Godly. You want something so bad and you can’t have it, becoming unsatisfied and usually when I’m not satisfied, it reflects in my character. Going above and beyond to get what we want but not realizing what we need. Then we ask the Lord to fulfill our wants instead of our needs, He doesn’t respond because He knows that what we want is for the passions of our flesh to be satisfied. When acting in faith and asking for God’s will to be done no matter what we want or desire after, the Lord gives us what we need because we are placing God’s will above our own will and selfish wants. At times I’ve become comfortable with or found myself chasing after worldly passions, not realizing what that comfortability and desire means. It means we are an enemy to God. Let that sink in. After all that God has done for me, the abundance of love that His presence has brought to my life. That’s what hit me deep, bringing on some big heart changes. Being friends with the world means we’re accepted, comfortable, we don’t have to do too much, just swim the same direction as the masses. Sounds pretty good but is that living out God’s purpose for our lives? Or bringing glory to the name that has given us everything? Nope. Who cares what the world says? Who cares how uncomfortable we get? Who cares if we become unpopular? Who are we living for, the world or God? Those questions hit me in places I’ve never been hit and I pray it does the same for you. It’s time to swim upstream against the current, the opposite way of the world. It’s time to stand up and stand out for our faith. Proclaiming His powerful, glorious, almighty name in everything we do. The world needs Christ, so let’s take Christ to the world.