From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. James 4:1-2
The American way is I want , I want, I want.. Most of the conflicts and wars in our lives are because of our own lust and greed. We are like human animals that are never satisfied . We want to continually please the lust of the flesh, whatever that may be. However as the Bible tells us “To be carnally minded is death, and to be led by the Spirit is life and peace “ ( Romans 8:6)
This carnally minded life leads us on a very destructive path. We lust over what we don’t have, we war over what we think we can take, and we might even go to the extremes of killing to satisfy the sins. This is why the gospel is centered around repentance, because we need a transformation!
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:3-4
Many people are praying to God like he is their personal genie. God is not going to grant you something that is against His will. Many of us ask for things that are plainly sinful, God is not going to grant you something against his Holy Nature.
Notice the scripture says “A friend with the world is an enemy with God” If your asking God for things so you can “keep up “ with your neighbors, its blasphemy. Instead of telling God what you want for your life, why not ask God what is His Will for your life?
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:5-6
God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble! Are you coming to God with humility or are you coming to God with alternative motives? God will not be mocked, come to him in repentance and he will provide for you in Jesus name Amen!