BE MATURE BY WARREN WIERSBE
“What causes fights and quarrels among?”(Jame 4:1-3).
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”(Psalm 133:1).
Why do we fight one another? What is the underlying issue? What would be God’s response to the problem?
As I examine scripture and recall stories of the lives of those living in biblical times, I see the things that has caused division back then is still happening right now.
I think of Joseph and his brothers who sold him as a slave because of jealousy (Gen 37); the woman who stole someone else’s child because she mistakenly killed her own (1 Kings 3); King David who lusted after someone else’s wife and committed murder(2 Samuel 11); Elisha’s servant Gehazi who was stricken with leprosy because of greediness (2 Kings 5).
The devil comes to “steal, kill and destroy”. It all starts in the mind. When our minds and hearts are not subject to the will and mind of God, we fall into diverse sins. Our flesh is weak but God’s Spirit is stronger than our flesh.
Do we seek God to help us the moment it enters our mind? How dependent are we really on God? Does He have some areas of our lives or does He have the whole thing?
James 3:16 says “Where there is envying and strife, there is confusion and every evil work”.
Instead of seeking God’s will, we tell God what He is supposed to do, and we get angry at Him if He does not obey. This anger at God eventually spills over and we get angry at God’s people.
The root cause of every war, internal and external, is rebellion against God. Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4), and lawlessness is rebellion against God.
How do we set ourselves free from this evil?
SUBMIT TO GOD (James 4:7). Unconditional surrender is the only way to complete the victory.
DRAW NEAR TO GOD (James 4:8) by confessing our sins and asking for His cleansing.
HUMBLE YOURSELVES (James 4:9-10) with a broken and contrite heart which He will not despise (Psalm 51:17). Ask the Lord to humble you.
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness and quietness and assurance forever” (Isaiah 32:17).
PRAYER: Forgive us and humble us O Lord. We need your Holy Spirit to humble us and deliver us from the schemes of the devil. Help us to lay down the pride and the hurt at your altar so that we may be healed and set free. AMEN