July 30, 2020

How Do We Conquer Our Worldly Desires & Temptations? | James 4:5-6 Bible Podcast

How Do We Conquer Our Worldly Desires & Temptations? | James 4:5-6 Bible Podcast


In today's Bible Study Podcast, we explore one of the most difficult passages for Bible scholars to translate.

God jealousy yearns for our entire attention and devotion. But what happens when we can't give Him what He wants?

Discover James' solution to conquer our worldly desires and temptations in James 4:5.



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JULIE 0:05

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

Yesterday James told us the harsh truth that although we say our love and devotion belong to God, we have fallen in love with the world. 

Which brings us to today’s verse in James 4:5, “Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?” 

It’s interesting to note here that Bible scholars say this is one of the most difficult verses to translate in the New Testament. 

It could mean that the Holy Spirit within us yearns for our total loyalty and devotion. (which is true)

OR it could be referring to the human spirit within us that lusts for evil things. (and that works too)

And then James says in 4:6, “but he gives us more grace. 

Meaning either God’s grace can help us be faithful and fully devoted to God OR

God’s grace can overcome man’s lust for evil things 

Notice the word “more” here. He gives us MORE grace than all of our sin. Meaning no matter how much lustful desires we have within us, God’s Grace is MORE. With God’s grace, we can overcome anything. We just need to receive it. 

So what blocks us from receiving His grace? James 4:6 continues with this…

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”

God resists the proud. Pride makes us self-centered and leads us to believe that we deserve all that we want. And that we can get it all by ourselves, we don’t need God’s help. 

But humility says, “God I trust you. I may not understand what You’re doing, but I believe that you want the best for me. I let go of my pride and my ego and put you first. Everything I have, everything I am is because of you, and I thank you, Lord.” 

Humility puts me into a position to receive God’s grace.  And when you receive God’s grace, you receive all the help you need to overcome worldly temptations and greed. 

You Simple Truth for Today: God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Which side are you on?  

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