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Subject yourself to God

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James 4:1–12 CSB
What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from your passions that wage war within you? You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulterous people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God. Or do you think it’s without reason that the Scripture says: The spirit he made to dwell in us envies intensely? But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. Don’t criticize one another, brothers and sisters. Anyone who defames or judges a fellow believer defames and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Do we ask with the proper motives

James 4:1-3 the church fights due to personal desires instead if the Gods desires.
War causes division of the church. Being comfortable causes complacency
Ex) World changers Project

God wants all our Attention

James 4:4-8 the world is against God.
When we focus on God the amount that can be achieved is higher that when we turn to the world for help.
Ex) News about christian being killed in Nigeria 2 by radicalism.

Humbleness creates service

James 4:9-12 the less we focus on other and focus on God the more likely the church can Get things Done.
there are 5543 household in laughlin how many of those houses attend church. now think of how many can attend if we become more humble and focus on Jesus.
God is the only Judge. once we start acting like that then the church will grow.

Next Steps

with the right motives the more others in the church will get involved. when the church gets involved we Give glory to God for the things that he gives us. then we remember to humble ourselves.
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