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. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:1-12
I had one of those weekends where you experience great joy and great sorrow and every emotion in-between. I had no clue what the Lord wanted me to put in the blog today. Today I have felt like a little boat in a vast ocean; no motor, no sail, just the wind whipping me here and there. But since my recent studies have been on communication, I went back to James. And the above verses hit me like a slap in the face.
Read the verses. Take them to heart. They speak to so many things we are all dealing with in these days of chaos and strife. We have hope, always, in the middle of the trials, as long as we stop focusing on ourselves and submit to God.
Be blessed, my friends. – Vicki