We Fight From The Inside Out – May 2, 2016

James 4:1, What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Proverbs 17:14, The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

James 3:16, For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

My current sermon series titled Legit Faith: All Day, Everyday encourages and examines our Christian walk! The series drives home the idea that true Christianity is best lived out all day every day, not just on Sunday mornings. During these blogs/devotional times, we have studied how Christians should respond to trials, temptations, taming our tongue, and the vital relationship between faith and works. For previous lessons, check out the Inspirational Thought category on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com. This week’s focus from the book of James is what James, the brother of Jesus, says about quarreling or fighting with others.

James 4:1 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” Did you get that? The fights and quarrels we have with other people originate from inside us. The arguments and battles we get into with other people are a direct result of our internal desires coming into conflict with someone else’s internal desires. And that collision of internal desires creates jealousy or envy, which simply manifests itself in an external argument or fight.

First, pray for your desires and see if they match up with God’s desires. Also, seek wisdom from Scripture.

Proverbs 17:14, The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

James 3:16, For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

So, this week when your internal desires clash with the internal desires of someone in your life- Seek to have a Godly response.

Think about it and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D