You will need to look below to see the first three parts of this series.

Ever Wonder why you aren’t getting what you want?

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:1-3).

Many times we aren’t getting what we want out of life because our motivation is wrong. If we are seeking to be the ones who ultimately benefit from our actions, we will find ourselves always lacking and missing something. For one thing, God in His love will not give us what we are looking for because He is not in the business of stroking our egos, and He does not encourage our destructive tendencies. God will resist our pride and lovingly show us our errors. But many of us are like stubborn mules who insist on going our own direction regardless of the harm to others or ourselves.

The Apostle James does not write these verses as hypothetical; rather, he knows the destruction that takes place in homes, churches, and communities when people are not focused on the greatest pursuits of loving God and neighbor.

We will see the solution in the next 2 posts.