5/23/16 We Fight Because We Want What We Should Not Have

Speaking of peace and wisdom, I must address the current situation as it has been reported to me.  There seems to be quite a bit of fighting among you, and that should not be!  Consider this, what does fighting, or war of any kind, stem from?  It comes from wanting things that are not in God’s will for you to have.  Evil desires of the heart take over the reasonable mind, and we follow those desires instead of Godly ones.  ‘I want the position he has,’ or ‘I want my home to have the most expensive furnishings,’ there are so many things that pull us away from God, and away from peace with our brothers and sisters.  And if the evil desires of our hearts are allowed to take over completely, then we justify anything we do, even murder or adultery, in the name of obtaining those desires.  Killing Jesus was justified in the minds of the Sanhedrin members because it meant they could remain safely in their positions of authority over all of Judea.  But what does Jesus tell us to do?  If we desire something, we must pray and ask God to give it to us.  If it is His will that we have it, He will give it.  But if the desire comes from a place of evil, or if God knows that granting the request will result in evil, He will not give it.  We do not have what we want either because we do not ask for it, or because we ask with selfish motives.  When we seek after something apart from God, or out of His will, it is the same as committing adultery against Him.  We must choose, either to follow God or the world, because they are enemies, and choosing one will put us at war with the other.  Do you doubt the truthfulness of the scriptures that tell us that the Holy Spirit living within us as followers of our Messiah wants us to follow the commandment to put nothing else before God?  But because the Holy Spirit is living within us, He gives us grace, forgiving us when we fall short of His will for us.  All we must do is to come to Him and confess our struggles, and ask for His will to be done in us.  He tells us, ‘God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.’

 

James 4:1-6, Proverbs 3:34

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