James 4:1-10

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James 4:1-10

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There is a pervasive belief in the world that you can “have your cake and eat it too” when it comes to following God. We want just enough of Jesus to save us, but not too much lest we have to give up our desires and our pleasures. We want to escape the fires of hell but don’t want to be “too religious” or too passionate about Jesus. But there is no partiality with God. There is no halfway. You’re either with Him or against Him. You don’t get to be a little of both.

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We try over and over to ride that fence, never fully standing on one side or the other. But what results is a divided heart and mind. And this internal division ends up leaking out into all the areas of our life, from our relationships with others to our relationship with ourselves to our relationship with God. When we are “double-minded”, as James puts it, we are unstable in all our ways (chapter 1, verse 8).

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This is the issue that James is writing about in this passage. He’s pointing out that all the issues they are experiencing, the quarrels and conflicts, the strife, and wars- they all stem from what James labels as “friendship with the world.” He comes right out and clarifies that “friendship with the world is hostility toward God” and that when we wish to be a friend with the world, we make ourselves an enemy of God.

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It’s an interesting link, but when you really think about it, it makes sense. When we don’t walk in unity and pursuit of God, we cannot hope to experience the blessings of His presence in our lives. We cannot expect that the good of God will flow from a life that rejects Him. Because when we try to befriend the world, that’s exactly what we do. We run from the very source of strength, goodness, peace, and wisdom that we need for every relationship to flourish.

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In what areas of your life have you been guilty of being double-minded or trying to ride the fence? How have you seen that mindset poison your relationships? With that in mind, seek out a fellow believer and talk about what it might look like to practically change that in your life.

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Memorize James 3:12- 4:1

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Weekly Reading: James 4:1-10

Weekly Devo

There is a pervasive belief in the world that you can “have your cake and eat it too” when it comes to following God. We want just enough of Jesus to save us, but not too much lest we have to give up our desires and our pleasures. We want to escape the fires of hell but don’t want to be “too religious” or too passionate about Jesus. But there is no partiality with God. There is no halfway. You’re either with Him or against Him. You don’t get to be a little of both. 

We try over and over to ride that fence, never fully standing on one side or the other. But what results is a divided heart and mind. And this internal division ends up leaking out into all the areas of our life, from our relationships with others to our relationship with ourselves to our relationship with God. When we are “double-minded”, as James puts it, we are unstable in all our ways (chapter 1, verse 8).  

This is the issue that James is writing about in this passage. He’s pointing out that all the issues they are experiencing, the quarrels and conflicts, the strife, and wars- they all stem from what James labels as “friendship with the world.” He comes right out and clarifies that “friendship with the world is hostility toward God” and that when we wish to be a friend with the world, we make ourselves an enemy of God. 

It’s an interesting link, but when you really think about it, it makes sense. When we don’t walk in unity and pursuit of God, we cannot hope to experience the blessings of His presence in our lives. We cannot expect that the good of God will flow from a life that rejects Him. Because when we try to befriend the world, that’s exactly what we do. We run from the very source of strength, goodness, peace, and wisdom that we need for every relationship to flourish. 

Weekly Challenge

In what areas of your life have you been guilty of being double-minded or trying to ride the fence? How have you seen that mindset poison your relationships? With that in mind, seek out a fellow believer and talk about what it might look like to practically change that in your life. 

Memorization Challenge

Memorize James 3:12- 4:1 

Crystal Garnett

Crystal Garnett

ACF Digital Discipleship Team Lead

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