July 29, 2020

Friend or Foe? How Does God See You? | James 4:4 Bible Podcast

Friend or Foe? How Does God See You? | James 4:4 Bible Podcast

BIBLE PODCAST

Do you ever have a hard time saying “no” to your fleshly desires? Truth be told, our old nature still rears its ugly head from time to time. We hear that little voice inside our head telling us that we deserve better. We’ve worked hard, we deserve everything Mr. Jones has next door. 

You're not alone, even the believers in the early church had trouble with this as we discover in James 4:4.

Learn why James calls the early Church members "adulterous" people. What did their minds immediately think of when he said that?

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.  

Do you ever have a hard time saying “no” to your fleshly desires? If you’re like most Christians, you want to answer no, but truth be told, our old nature still rears its ugly head from time to time, telling us that we deserve better. We’ve worked hard, we deserve everything Mr. Jones has next door. And then it becomes this inner battle to keep up with the Jones’s.

Even the believers in the early church had trouble with this as we see in James 4:4 which says, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

Ouch. Did James just call us adulterous people and an enemy of God? Really? That’s a little harsh, don’t you think? 

So, what’s really going on here? James is going back to the Old Testament when God spoke to the Israelites when they were lured away by idolatry. Now, James’ letter was originally written to Messianic Jews – that is Jews who believe that Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God. 

Believe it or not, as kids they would’ve memorized huge portions or books of what we refer to today as the Old Testament. And we think we should get a gold star for memorizing one verse! (At least I do anyways) But whole books of the Old Testament?! Wow.

 So, when James says, “You adulterous people” they would’ve immediately understood his reference to Old Testament imagery where God’s people, the Israelites, are seen as God’s bride or spouse. And on many occasions, they were rebuked for their unfaithfulness to God. 

So, spiritually speaking, we’re cheating on God by following the wisdom of the world. 

So, your simple truth for today: When you’re driven by bitter jealousy and selfish ambition, and you desire to live for yourself and not for God, James says you’re becoming a friend to the world. And, as harsh as it is to receive, you’re sleeping with the enemy. 

Well, on that happy note, you wanna’ know one way to not sleep with then enemy? Study God’s Word daily. It’s really simple to do. All you have to do is ask your Amazon smart speaker to “PLAY BIBLE STUDY” It’s a quick and easy way to put God first every day.  

I’m Julie Carruth, and I’ll see you again tomorrow.