A Fight LESS Faith

A Fightless Faith

 
 

James 4:1-17

 
 

We often think that when we fight, we are righteous in our stance; however, God looks at fighting in a differently. I have been on social sites where there are said “Christian Communities,” however, the only prominent thing in those communities are the egos of the persons pontificating. Sometimes the language would make a sailor blush and the types of “people-bashing” that goes on there is despicable. I wonder what Jesus thinks about it. In James 4, He tells us where our fights come from, and I agree with Him.

 
 

James says, our fights are all about our desires. Our desires to be right, intelligent, cool, religiously superior, intellectually superior…as my granddaughter says, WHATEVER….

 
 

God is not inclined to indulge that behavior. He tells us through Jesus’ brother James, that our desires stink. He says we are covetous, glory grabbing pigs who just want what they want; and to heck with God’s glory or desires. James calls this adultery, and he is right. We worship our own desires instead of wanting God’s glory. Even though God gave us the ability to respond as He would have us respond, we quickly get down in the mud with our neighbor over some trivial tidbit that makes us feel just OH so satisfied….about ourselves.

 
 

So what does God do with this? James tells us, that amazingly, God gives us more grace. Additionally, James tells us what to do in order to get out of the fighting mode. We need to resist! God has given us all the equipment we need to resist Satan. We are to draw near to God and send Satan fleeing. Furthermore, we are to look inward at our hearts and to purify our hearts and our minds (Romans 12:1-2). We are to take very seriously the righteousness of God and walk circumspectly before Him.

 
 

Secondly, we are to love our brother by not speaking evil of him, and realize that we are not his judge but rather a fellow traveler on the journey. There is only one just judge.

 
 

Finally, we are to remember that we are but a speck of dust on this Earth, and that our time fades very quickly. We will be here and gone before we can make any lasting impact. So what are you fighting about today? What is your desire? How important will that be in a mere 200 years?

 
 

See Ya Next Time

 
 

 
 

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Questions:

 
 

In Verses 1-6

1. What does God say is the cause of fights among people?

2. Name a few types of fights, from simple arguments to wars. How are these things different? How are these things the same?

3. Discuss the idea of “desires”.

4. Are desires wrong? or are there wrong desires?

5. Why does it say that God, sometimes, does not grant requests that we may pray for?

6. How does our pride make us an enemy of God?

7. How does submitting to God solve the problem?

 
 

In verses 8-12

8. Name some ways that are listed that can help us relate to God better.

 
 

9. How do these things get us closer to God?

 
 

In verses 13-17

10. How sure can we be of our future on Earth?

11. How should we think of ourselves in relation to God?

12. Pray, ask God to show you how He sees you, repent where necessary, commit to the changes he reveals.

 
 

 

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 
 

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