"The War Within You!" Book of James 4:1-2 on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of November 6, 2017
The War Within You!
James 4:1-2, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2You 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.”
Beloved, yesterday afternoon we all received the news that 26 people were killed at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX that is about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. The news is certainly devastating to the church community. We know that this type of event can happen to any church on any given Sunday.
The suspected gunman is Devin Patrick Kelley who lived near New Braunfels, TX. And had been court maritaled out of the Air Force. The motive is still unknown, at least to those investigating the crime. Biblically, the motive is clear. James 4:1 tells us the motive, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?” Devin Patrick Kelly had a war going on within him; a war, which he lost and resulted in the death of 26 people and in his death as well. James 4:2 says, “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.”
Beloved, we all have passions within us, which if not kept in check, can lead to quarrels and fights and even murders. I would encourage each of us to turn to Jesus to help us win the war waging within us. He is the Prince of Peace and the One who can change a heart of stone into a heart of flesh.
Please continue to pray for the First Baptist Church of Sunderland, Texas. Pray for the family members who lost loved ones, for the community and for the family of Devin Patrick Kelly. He lost the war. I pray that through pray we will not!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you! I am so grateful for each of you and I will be praying for you!
In Jesus’ Name,