Thursday, May 21, 2009


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

Have you ever wondered why there are so many fights and quarrels in God's church? We all disagree sometimes, but when it comes to decisions about the operation of the church we are supposed to be in unity. That however is not always the case. James says we fight and argue because we put our desires ahead of God's. We say we are praying but many times we are praying with wrong motives. We want our way. When we are truly seeking God, He will reveal His will to us. He will bring us into unity so that we are moving in the same direction as a church. The devil wants to cause division to keep us from accomplishing anything for God. When we fight and argue we are not moving forward. We are all doing our own thing, moving in our own direction.

What should we be doing? The book of James goes on to say "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." "Submit yourselves, then, unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you." James 4:7-8 Let's submit to God and His will for us. Then we will be in unity and be able to move forward in the direction God is leading us.

Why would we settle for what we want when God has so much more for us. Abundant blessings that we cannot even imagine. When we humble ourselves, God will give us the desires of our heart. That doesn't mean we will get whatever we want, but that He will change our desires to be in line with His will. Knowing that God knows what is best for us, isn't that what we really want?

Love In Christ,
Kim Ratcliffe

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