James 4:1-3 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
We are studying the book of James in our Beth Moore Bible Study. I am loving this book...I am trying to truly learn it and understand it to the fullest. As I thought about these verses today, I thought of them in a different way than Beth Moore did. At first I thought I am not at war with anyone, I don't scheme and kill to get anything. But today I thought about this verse a little different.
The memory verse this month for my IMPACT girls is Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! I had this verse on my mind as I read today's verses in James. And I thought,"Every time I have a desire in me that kills any of the fruits of the spirit evil is winning out!" If I am jealous of what others have I kill one of more of those fruits... when I desire what somebody else has I can often loose my peace and/or patience. If we want somebody else's place in traffic we can kill our gentleness and self-control. Sometimes there is a war going on inside me for the desires of this world over God's desires for my life. I need to constantly check my desires with the fruits of the Spirit within me... If I have a desire that is killing my love, my joy, my peace, my patience, my kindness, my goodness, my faithfulness, my gentleness or my self-control I need to re-examine my motives. My utmost desire should be to do what pleases God...then God will take care of the other desires of my heart that truly matter.