My Sermon Notes from August 30, 2020 Full Text:
雅各書 James 4:1-10
1 你們中間的爭戰、鬥毆是從哪裡來的呢？不是從你們百體中戰鬥之私慾來的嗎？ 2 你們貪戀，還是得不著；你們殺害嫉妒，又鬥毆爭戰，也不能得。你們得不著，是因為你們不求。 3 你們求也得不著，是因為你們妄求，要浪費在你們的宴樂中。 4 你們這些淫亂的人哪，豈不知與世俗為友就是與神為敵嗎？所以凡想要與世俗為友的，就是與神為敵了。 5 你們想經上所說是徒然的嗎？神所賜住在我們裡面的靈，是戀愛至於嫉妒嗎？ 6 但他賜更多的恩典，所以經上說：「神阻擋驕傲的人，賜恩給謙卑的人。」 7 故此，你們要順服神。務要抵擋魔鬼，魔鬼就必離開你們逃跑了。 8 你們親近神，神就必親近你們。有罪的人哪，要潔淨你們的手！心懷二意的人哪，要清潔你們的心！ 9 你們要愁苦、悲哀、哭泣，將喜笑變做悲哀，歡樂變做愁悶。 10 務要在主面前自卑，主就必叫你們升高。
1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 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. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
1. Reflect on some of your recent conflicts. What was the need that was not met hat caused the conflict?
2. What are some of the lies of Satan about yourself that causes insecurities that lead to conflict?
3. What are some ways that you can fill yourself with the love of God?