Summary of passage: James says fights and quarrels are caused by our desires. You want something but don’t get it. And you do not ask God for it. If you ask with wrong motives, you will not receive.
If you are a friend of the world then you are an enemy of God. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves to God and resist the devil. Come near to God and purify your hearts. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.
7a) Your desires that battle within you (point being they are not God’s desires yet you strive for them anyways).
b) Personal Question. My answer: There are many things I am praying about right now but the paramount one is this: my novel published. I believe with all my heart and soul it is God’s and I am praying He gets it out there to have the impact on others I believe it will. I am praying that this is His will and that it aligns with mine. I believe it is His will but I pray this over and over again throughout the process so I know it all aligns. I am praying to finish the editing process quickly.
8 ) The world hates us (Christians) because we do not belong to it. The world is foolish and God hates things of the world. We do not wage war as the world does. Do not love anything of the world for then the Father is not in him.
9a) Submit to God, resist the devil, come near to God, purify your heart, humble yourself before the Lord.
b) Personal Question. My answer: It’s okay to make decisions on your own. It’s not. You must consult God and your husband. Wait for an answer. Then respond. I am also fighting rising resentment towards my mother-in-law again. So I am trying to respond out of love and how Jesus would.
10) Try to always be humble in every facet in my life and if I can model this, then I will be able to teach it more effectively to my kids and others. Remember I am nothing and God is everything. Everything I do and accomplish is from God and for God. I am merely the vessel. He is the rudder.
Conclusions: I liked the last question. It was neat to see how many times “humble yourself” is repeated in the Bible and when I looked up these verses, I had underlined it every time! Now that was cool!
Great reminder that prayer is for His will to be done, not our will which can be worldly.
It is sobering to think that the world hates us (John 15:18-19). Hate is such a strong word and I’d never thought of it before like this. It reminds us that this world is merely a temporary existence. We are not of this world but we must live in this world until our time is up. Great reminder of our motives and our thinking compared to God’s.