Presentation on theme: "ConflictConflict Better Known as Fighting and Quarrelling."— Presentation transcript:
ConflictConflict Better Known as Fighting and Quarrelling
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't 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. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don't 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. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double- minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:1-10
War Two kinds of war # 1 War (Fight) – the broader conflict or campaign # 2 Quarrel (Controversy) – the individual skirmish
The Cause of Quarreling # 1. Inner desires battling. Wanting vs. Getting # 2. Outer circumstance Conflicting Asking vs. Consuming
An Observation “Friendship with the World is hatred toward God” James 4:4
It is about choice!
Six Reasons for Not Quarreling # 1. Quarreling decreases your Potential to Receive. - God stops providing.
Six Reasons for Not Quarreling # 2. Quarreling affects how God sees you – friend vs. foe.
Six Reasons for Not Quarreling # 3. Quarreling moves you from humility to pride – God opposes the proud.
Six Reasons for Not Quarreling # 4. Quarreling gives the devil a foothold. - Get away from resisting
Six Reasons for Not Quarreling # 5. Quarreling takes your focus off godliness – submission, confession, repentance, and humility.
Six Reasons for Not Quarreling # 6. Quarreling stifles the hand of God. - God stops lifting you up.
My Prayer Lord help me get back on track. Give me the courage to give up my petty squabbles. Give me the strength to do what is right not what is easy. In Jesus Name - Amen