FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD  James 4:1-4

 

V 1-4 “From where do wars and fightings among you come? Is it not from this, from your lusts which war in your members? You desire and do not have. You murder, and are jealous, and cannot obtain. You fight and war, yet you have not because you ask not. You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever desires to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”.

Most of the wars fought in the history of mankind are wars of ego, “I am stronger than you and I must rule you by force”! bringing it into Christianity, some prayers that we pray are borne out of selfish motives to satisfy our carnal cravings. Whatever we seek from God, we must have it primarily at the back of our minds that we shall use it to the glory of God. Whatever we desire from God must come from sincere and pure motive and not from jealousy. It is not until when we carry a gun and kill physically that we commit murder when we speak ill of people, it is not good.

Asking amiss is akin to not asking at all. God will never grant a petition that violates His laid down rules! Whenever you come to God according to His word which is a binding oath on Him, He will always answer us. I always know that in the equation of life, God is ever constant; it is the man that is always the variable. Don’t ask for anything to spend on passions, for example, if I am asking God for a car all in the bid to prove superiority to another person that is asking to spend on lusts.

The adulterers and the adulteress mentioned in V 4 does not mean the literal adultery but worship of other things. Whatever that is taking center stage in our lives is competing with God and we must check it. To be a friend of God, we must love Him with the whole of our heart and must always do all possible within our capacity and means to please Him.

 

Prayer point: Father Lord, help me to always do Your will and to love  You more.