Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
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NOTE your selfish desires are directly opposed to the desires of God. Your selfish desires want all kinds of things to be spent on your earthly, temporal satisfaction. His desires are to continue to dwell in and among you, so that He can work His work in and through you for earthly/eternal benefits in the kingdom.]
NOTE that the word for pleasures or selfish desires is the word from which we get Hedonism. Hedonism has a built-in pride-the progression goes like this.-My way is the best way!
-My way is the only way!
-I want to do it my way!
-I want you to do it my way!
“Do it my way” is a reminder of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness by the Devil himself (Luke 4)! NOW, note the cure!
THE CURE-(James 4:6-17)-submission to God.But He gives a greater grace. Therefore itsays, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the deviland he will flee from you. Draw near to Godand He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.Be miserable and mourn and weep;let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselvesin the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble! If you are going to win in the struggle with your selfish desires, you must pay attention to the following:
(1) Submit to God-all that you are/do and give it to Him!(2) Resist the devil-and he will flee from you-Devil=Pride!(3)
Seek after God-a closer relationship with him in your soul Seek after Him by drawing near to God, by cleansing your hands, you sinners, by purifying your hearts, you double-minded and by sobering up.Be miserable, mourn, weep, due to your pride.
Humble yourself and He will exalt you. Humility is like underwear; you should have it but shouldn’t show it. Humble yourself and soak up the grace of God.