New Testament In a Year: November 21 – James 4

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James 4
(1-12) Warning Against Worldliness
When we try to get the things we desire and covet on our own, instead of asking God for them, we only end up fighting with one another and cannot obtain anything. But if we ask, we will receive. However, this is not to say that we will get everything and anything that we ask God for. We must make sure that we want something for the right reasons and that our hearts have God at its center. We should ask for things that please God, instead of things that would bring us pleasure.

Not being a friend of the world does not mean we hate the world. But we must realize that the world has nothing to over us. All of its glory, entertainment, and fame is vapid. But Christ offers us everything and everything that He offers is awe-inspiring and eternal. Our love for God compared to our love for the world must be like hatred. We must draw closer to the Creator and not His creation. The nearer we get to God, the nearer He gets to us and the more He gives His grace. He desires for us to be humble before Him so that He can exalt us.

(13-17) Boasting About Tomorrow
Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow is not promised to us. Only God knows what the future brings; therefore, we should not make plans and leave God out of them. Our trust should be in God. We should lean on Him and not on our own understanding. In all our ways and thoughts and plans, God should be acknowledged.

Favorite verse: (8) Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

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