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JAMES

Marks

of

Maturity

“Passions vs. Purpose” James 4:1-3


James: Marks of Maturity

“Passions vs. Purpose” James 4:1-3

  • James 4:1-3:

    • What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.


James: Marks of Maturity

“Passions vs. Purpose” James 4:1-3

  • The prerequisites to receiving God’s wisdom:

    • Pure

    • Peaceable

    • Gentle

    • Open to reason

    • Full of mercy

    • Full of good fruit

    • Impartial

    • Sincere

      • James 3:17


James: Marks of Maturity

“Passions vs. Purpose” James 4:1-3

  • Peace

  • Luke 10 - Jesus sends out the 72. “Peace be with you” and if a “son of peace” was there – they should enter and tell them Messiah has come – the Kingdom of God is here.


James: Marks of Maturity

“Passions vs. Purpose” James 4:1-3

  • 4: 1 - What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?

  • Greek: “Quarrels” = polemos

  • a war

    • a fight, a battle

    • a dispute, strife, quarrel

  • Greek = “Fights” machē

    • a fight or combat

      • a. of those in arms, a battle

      • b. of persons at variance,


James: Marks of Maturity

“Passions vs. Purpose” James 4:1-3

  • 4:1 - Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?


James: Marks of Maturity

James 4:1-3

  • 4:2 - You desire and do not have, so you murder.

  • You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.

Passions

  • Pride

  • Self-centeredness

  • Materialism

  • Gluttony

  • Envy

  • Anger/Bitterness

  • Laziness

  • Sexual Immorality

  • Lying

  • Manipulation


James: Marks of Maturity

James 4:1-3

  • 4:2 - You do not have, because you do not ask.

‘Ego’-driven instead of ‘Theo’-driven

  • I want it (self-centered)

  • I earned it (entitled)

  • I deserve it (fair)

  • I know I’m right (pride)


James: Marks of Maturity

James 4:1-3

  • 4-3 - You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

When we pray in this manner…

  • We are asking Jesus, the One person who literally

  • died to save us, to cosign our unrighteousness!


James: Marks of Maturity

“Passions vs. Purpose” James 4:1-3

  • God’s Wisdom

    • Pure

    • Peaceable

    • Gentle

    • Open to reason

    • Full of mercy

    • Full of good fruit

    • Impartial

    • Sincere

      • James 3:17


James: Marks of Maturity

“Passions vs. Purpose” James 4:1-3

  • Peace

  • Peace was offered, and if it was received, God would minister to them.

  • John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”


JAMES

Marks

of

Maturity


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