VERSE OF THE DAY: ~James 4:1-4 “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Church drama! This is one of those topics we want to pretend isn’t there! But James questions; “Why are there wars among you?”, “What are you fighting about?” Then he answers that it’s because there is still too much worldliness and carnal thinking in them, and these things were robbing them from the true blessings of the Christian experience! This is even disrupting their prayer life. And that is what today’s post is going to focus on. Your prayer life. Prayer involves so much more than just asking God for stuff. It’s even about more than asking Him to fix things and repair our blunders. In fact, these uses of prayer should be the exception rather than the rule!
This is one scripture which could be interpreted as saying that we cannot enjoy the beautiful creation God gave us! But there is such an important element here that it could be considered robbery if never taught. I have seen many a faithful church goer in my days that get disappointed or angry with God because they asked, and He did not send what it was they were asking for. I have also witnessed many a good non-Christian folk who, when they attended churches, were put off by the extreme worldliness in the church they attended. James obviously witnessed similar things even back then. So, he offered some words of wisdom while exposing some things that were at work against the believers in the church of his time. Jesus Himself taught that the cares of this life can choke the word of God, preventing it from bearing good fruit in your life. Always remember that God wants you to have a blessed and fruitful life.
God has called and chosen us to walk in a very similar power and authority to what Jesus walked in when He was here in His earth walk! When Jesus said that we will do the same things as him and greater things will we do, He meant it. That is still God’s intention for you! God wants you to walk in power and authority as His son or daughter. When we ask for things that we need to advance His kingdom on earth, He will provide towards that end every time! His intention for us is that we become leaders for His kingdom on this earth even as Jesus did! And, as we separate ourselves from this world’s systems and dedicate ourselves for Him, we enter in to a new realm of kingdom productivity and provision. Perhaps this is what Paul the apostle meant when he wrote to the Corinthian church saying; “Come out from among them and be separate”
PRAYER: “Father forgive me of any self-desire that may have hindered You blessings in my life, also of any contentious attitudes that may have caused envy or strife within Yor church. I receive Your forgiveness and now ask that You Holy Spirit will guide me as I learn to walk out my faith as Jesus did. Thank You Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit for always being faithful to teach, lead and guide me into the fulness of kingdom provision and productivity, Amen.”
VERSE FOR VICTORIOUS LIVING! ~ 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”