Wow! Our desires give birth to sinful actions and as that grows in us it gives birth to death. Choosing to live in sin and follow our sinful desires can lead to death even after we say we believe. Look how James starts this chapter off in verse 1; “This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to the “twelve tribes”- Jewish believers scattered abroad.”
We must be patient and be seeking to live a life that is like Jesus Christ’s. When we understand this and surrender our lives fully to Him not trying to hold on to the world we truly know Him and we have transformation in our hearts. We cannot say because we believe it is ok for us to deliberately do things that please us. It doesn’t matter if it is an addition or not, we must turn it over to God and seek and ask for more strength and understanding.
Chapter 1 verse 5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” It is very important to understand that we need to ask but it is also very important that we understand what it says in verse 6, “But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as uncertain as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”
Our desires are not an excuse to live how we want, when we give those desires up and we grow, the Spirit gives us every way out so we don’t do it. It is our responsibility to listen and choose what we do. The devil made me do it is bull, he tempts us or puts things in our path but we ultimately choose what we do. The devil tempted Jesus and Jesus went to God’s word, we are called to do the same so get in His word and ask for understanding and wisdom and then choose life by living in Christ. Salvation is a free gift that we don’t have to earn but we do have to take it (accept it). Amen