Sermon:
SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD

Jas 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Donít they come from your desires that battle within you? Jas 4:2 You want something but donít get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
Jas 4:3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. Jas 4:4 You adulterous people, donít you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Jas 4:5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? Jas 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ďGod opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.Ē Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Jas 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Jas 4:9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. Jas 4:11 Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
Jas 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But youówho are you to judge your neighbor?

Listen to how the NLT translation puts it:

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isnít it the whole army of evil desires at war within you? You want what you donít have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you canít possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you donít have what you want is that you donít ask God for it. And even when you do ask, you donít get it because your whole motive is wrong-you want only what will give you pleasure.

PT 1: WAR IN THE HEART

What causes fights among us? What causes quarrels among us? James says they come from our desires that battle within us. What are your desires? What is it you want in the church? Thereís a battle going on within us at times. Thereís war going on in our hearts. Behind the smiles, in the heart there is war. What if God seeking to show us the real state of the church revealed our hearts. What would we see? He already sees it. What would we see? War in many hearts.

We smile but thereís war. We say nice things but thereís war. Ps 55:21 His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.

Letís look at a couple of guys who came across as if nothing was wrong but they had war in their hearts. Joab and Judas.

2Sa 20:6 David said to Abishai, ďNow Sheba son of