Apostle Grace Lubega
James 4:1-2 (KJV); From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Lust is the primary reason for wars and fights among people. Lust in this context means the desire to satisfy oneself above all else. A man lusts when everything he seeks is about him.
Look at the world around you. How many people have fallen victim to lust? Corruption in government offices is a result of lust; bloodshed between nations is the result of lust; hatred between family members and church members is a result of lust.
In our theme scripture, the Bible reveals that men kill each other because of lust. Some kill with deadly physical weapons while others kill with words.
The way of lust is death. In Numbers 11:34, the Bible says, “And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.”
This means that every time a man sets his heart on what satisfies him alone, every time he seeks only after self-gratification, he will end up in some form of death. This could be emotional, spiritual, financial, or even physical death.
God has called us to have desires that are above the self. This is part of what makes a desire godly.
Life cannot be only about you. Look to serve God above all else. In serving God, you serve others.
FURTHER STUDY: Numbers 11:34, James 1:14
GOLDEN NUGGET: God has called us to have desires that are above the self. This is part of what makes a desire godly. Life cannot be only about you. Look to serve God above all else. In serving God, you serve others.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. You think through me, love through me, and desire through me. My heart beats after godly service because I understand godly desires. In Jesus’ name, Amen.