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Understanding The Source of Our Battles

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? James 4:1 (NKJV)

If there is one thing we can all relate to, it’s getting caught up in petty fighting, bickering, or even a prolonged battle with someone.  Many times these arguments and fights occur when we don’t get something we want, or get it our way.  I am sure we could present a proper defense for our actions most of the time, but we would be wise to understand the true origin of these battles. 

The Book of James tells us our wars and fights come from our desires for pleasure that war in our bodies (James 4:1).  So the source of wars and fights among Christians is always the same—there is some root of carnality, an internal war within the believer regarding the lusts and desires of the flesh.  

The word, “Desire” used in James 4:1 is translated from the Greek word, “hedone, hay-don-ay´; and refers to sensual delight.   Hedone is the root of our English word, “Hedonism,” which is the quest for pleasure with disregard to everything else.

So taking this definition within the context of this Scripture in James 4:1, this simply means we fight and bicker because we have a physical desire.

·      It can be the desire to have something we don’t have—possibly belonging to another person. 

·      It can be a desire to be right in a conversation. 

·      It can be a desire to be thought well of. 

·      It can be a desire to exact justice or revenge

The truth is, it can be a desire for any number of reasons, but the source is always the same—it is the fleshly desire within us coupled with human reasoning and demonic wisdom.

The bottom line is, we want what we want, and we are not content unless we get it.  We can find ourselves frustrated or angry when we don’t get what we want.  And instead of seeking God for His will, and being content with His way, and provision, we can tend to strive to obtain our will.  When we succumb to this temptation our words and actions can become divisive and destructive. 

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Prov. 14:12 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about these verses.  Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and remember our Heavenly Father has a perfect plan for our life.  Let’s pray about our decisions, and choose to seek God in every one—not just the tough ones. Let’s not be contentious with others, especially other believers.  If we are walking in the Spirit of God as followers of Jesus Christ, there should be no fighting and wars between us.

Let’s choose to not let the enemy deceive us into believing we are in control when we still allow discord to remain in our lives.  This is not control; it is bondage and submission to the enemy.

STUDY QUESTION: According to James 4:1, where do our wars and fights originate?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you want God’s will done in every part of your life, or do you want your own way and will to be done?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek God continuously for His will.  Let’s be faithful to read our Bible daily, and ask God to show us all He desires for us to know.  Let’s keep our eyes on the Lord so we don’t lose focus on eternal implications for our temporary decisions in the flesh.

LET'S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your Word, and for helping us to be transformed by it.  Help us to know the things You want us to know.  Help us to see things in the way You see things.  May Your will be done in our lives today Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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