What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
by: Kay Samuels.
There is a standard that we are expected to live up to that is different for the world. The way of the world is to be proud; having or showing a high or excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance. God’s way is the exact opposite. We should submit to God and resist the devil. Submission to God says, “I will do whatever you say Lord, even if it does not give me recognition.” Many of us struggle with being humble, but it is a quality we must develop. It comes with great benefits. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up” (v.10, NIV). I want Your favor, Lord!