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DON’T BE CRUEL

March 3, 2014

Monday

James 4:1-17

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?   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.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  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.  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  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.  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?  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:  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.  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

 

LESSON

God condemns worldly pride. He’s been rebuking them for showing favoritism and being full of pride, and now he’s going to go to the root. Why is there fighting among you? It’s not because you’re so spiritual or because you have so much zeal for God that you’re warring—you’re full of lust. You see what other people have, and you want it for yourself. You see teachers and rulers in the church, and instead of submitting, you crave what God has given them. You want what other people have, but you can’t get it. They broke the royal law to love thy neighbor as thyself and became murderers. Even then they couldn’t get what they wanted.

Submission to God brings him closer to you as does resisting the influence of evil drives the Devil away. The result of learning these two disciplines is a closer relationship with God almighty and the enemy driven farther away. Authority and submission is the order of the universe but we have to decide which authority we are going to submit to and then resist the other one. When we submit to a authority that is the one that is closest to us. When we resist authority that is the one that is driven away.

 

Memory Verse: Hebrews 5:9 

 

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