1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Conflicts and divisions come from within us, "even of your lusts that war in your members". Understand, you cannot be offended unless you allow yourself to be offended. You cannot become upset unless you allow someone to upset you. Ultimately, problems develop between us due to conflicting opinions and desires. As we've said again and again, we cannot continue to blame everything on non-whites and take no responsibility. We each have our own mind and are responsible to make our own choices in spite of whatever influences are present. Besides, anyone who knows the truth should understand that ultimately non-whites are not even a part of this equation because they mean nothing to God. The only "members" who have a 'dog in this fight' are Israelites.
As you regard what it is you desire, you must be comfortable asking God for things and with what it is you are asking Him for. This is how a more enduring faith can begin taking shape in you. Keep this in mind as James in essence is explaining where most problems stem from. Think about it: the source of most all our differences with others is when what one desires comes into conflict with what another has on his mind. Strife among brethren can come from lust which is nothing more than unmanaged desires. Yet when we as brethren are each in tune with the Spirit of Christ, we can have desires which compliment one another. Difficulties may be avoided when the carnally-minded repent and submit to God (which we will see later).
Here again we find ourselves on the subject of desires. We may wonder, how do people, groups, or nations end up in a fight in a war? Simply by conflicting interests or desires, regardless of who the hidden instigators may be. Yet the Christian way of getting what we want isn't meant to come thru our "lust" or even "war", but by simply asking God with a humble heart by faith. The New American Standard puts this portion of verse 2 well as: "You do not have because you do not ask." BEGIN SEEING THE NEED TO BRING YOUR DESIRES BEFORE GOD SIMPLY BY ASKING HIM. As we have emphasized repeatedly, never minimize the importance of properly determining your desires. God has allows your experiences and gave you your imagination for the purpose of previewing your potential desires, recognizing if they are really what you want.
These opening verses illustrate what happens when whites wrongfully handle their desires outside of taking them to God. This is the root of most of our frustration; trying to gain what we want thru means outside of faith by not following the Spirit of Christ. Yet even for those who think they know what they want and ask Him, there can still be some frustration:
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
So maybe you get that we are to "ask" God for things we want, but wonder why you still haven't received them.James says, "because ye ask amiss"; what does this mean?The Greek word translated "Ye ask" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #154 which is to call for, crave, desire. So it is simply to communicate to someone else something you desire. The word "amiss" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2560 kakos which is badly... diseased, evil, grieviously, miserably, sick. The word "consume" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #1159 meaning to waste. If you will take to heart what James is telling us here, it will greatly solidify your faith! If you "ask, and receive not" it very well could be that you are asking "amiss" or badly,which is wanting something for the wrong reason or motive. Even further proof of this is what he says is prevented by God not giving it to you: "That ye may not consume it" or that you would not waste it "upon your lusts". Through this we clearly see our Loving Father is looking at the motives and intentions of our desire as He is not in the business of spoiling His children. SO IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHY IT IS YOU WANT SOMETHING FROM GOD, AS IT IS TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT.
We've already learned that what we want from God should make us feel happy, blessed, and fulfilled. No one really wants anything unless it is going to bring some personal pleasure and satisfaction. We've seen how the only way to please God is by faith which involves finding the desires that stir up the most feeling and emotion within us (Hebrews 11:6). Now James is qualifying this a little further that it cannot be solely based on selfish motives, otherwise we have the wrong intent and are asking amiss. There must be a pure motive for what we want. KEEPING THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU DETERMINE YOUR DESIRES IS ONE OF THE WAYS YOU CAN FURTHER SOLIDIFY YOUR FAITH.
So just simply find a solid balance between personal fulfillment and knowing whatever it is you desire can be used in a way to bring positive attention to Christ. THIS IS A KEY TO DISCOVERING THE ABUNDANT CHRISTIAN LIFE. Our greatest desires are to be based on heartfelt motives which are both personally gratifying and for the betterment and productivity of the kingdom of God.
We must learn asking in faith isn't just coming up with anything you might selfishly want, but something which reflects a heart motivated by the Spirit of God. If you for instance, see God providing you the means to take a dream vacation that would help you to relax and then return to God's service being more focused, no one could say you have a wrong motive. But if your motive is to go off and indulge yourself in lustful activities, it would be a whole other thing. God wants us to ask for things and to be particular about what we desire. James is now pointing out to the believer how we must have the right motivation. This is one of the least noticed but most important verses in the Scriptures when it comes to faith, for this reason.
Obviously in our modern society few actually possess a solid faith viewing their belief in God as a lifestyle. Whether it's because they just don't believe it is possible to live that way today or they don't think themselves worthy, most do not take learning about faith in the Scriptures that seriously. Yet if you are one the few who find the narrow way of faith, it must not be assumed faith is just some 'genie in a bottle' formula as some false teachers like to teach. For when it comes to asking God for something, use this little word "amiss" to check your heart as to the motives and intents of your requests. When we come to the place where we are convinced we can ask God for things and that He will actually give them to us, we must then not only determine the things we want, but why we want them. Otherwise, we are still being carnal and worldly.
In the Spirit, no white person wants to be at odds with God. Though so many of our people appear to be having it both ways, you cannot love the world and still love God. In addition, only Israel was ever married to Yahweh, and in Christ, He came to reconcile us to Himself as His Wayward Bride. Therefore, only Israelites can be "adulterers and adulteresses" when it comes to Yahweh.
In the Greek, "emnity" is a very strong term as it is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2190 which means to be hateful... hostile... adversary. When we as God's Bride have impure motives and intentions, we are in essence being hateful and hostile towards our Husband while being "a friend of the world". To not want to do what is best for our race is to have a "friendship" or fondness for the present world, opposing the kingdom of God. White individuals need to "know... that the friendship of the world" makes them God's adversary.
James is wanting us to see that not living by faith is being unfaithful to God; makes sense doesn't it? For white people to claim to be Christian (which means to be Christ-like) and refuse to determine their desires and ask God for them, is actually being "adulterers and adulteresses" not Christians. Indeed, in light of our immediate context and specifically what we just learned in the previous verse, though we may have determined our desires and asked them of God, if our motives and intents are not pure, we still remain "a friend of the world". WE MUST SOLIDIFY OUR FAITH IF WE WANT TO KNOW WE ARE BEING FAITHFUL TO OUR HUSBAND, KNOWING HE WILL TAKE CARE OF US AND ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.
Say a woman is trying to talk her husband into buying her a fancy red convertible. Now she's determined what she desires and she's asked him for it. But secretly her intent in having the car is so she can turn other men's heads. You think that husband ought to buy her that sports car? We must check the motivations of our hearts to see is they are pure before we ask. ONLY YOU CAN DETERMINE WHAT YOU DESIRE AND FOR WHAT MOTIVATION. If you want something but for the wrong reasons, you better change your motivation or change your desire if you want to receive anything from God.
People ask all the time, "Why is it we don't see as many people healed as they had in Bible times?" Could it be that for some who pray for God to heal them it does not happen because they do not even think about why they want Him to do it, other than just so they won't die? We know we can't live in these bodies forever. But could it be more people would be healed if they asked God to do it because they wanted the rest of their lives to be in greater service to Him in some way? We cannot help but see how checking our motivation for wanting God to do something can solidify our faith: WHY DO YOU WANT GOD TO DO WHAT YOU ARE ASKING?
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
It cannot be fully determined which "scripture" verse 5 is quoted from. The thing to understand is that this verse isn't in reference to the Holy Spirit but a carnal "spirit" or attitude "that dwelleth in" us. This jealous attitude influences us from having a solid faith causing us to mismanage our desires. When our motives are not pure before God, our lust can lead us to become jealous of others who already have what we want. Do you find yourself murmuring and complaining about what other people have? We should never see what others have in relation to ourselves, thereby being tempted to covet, which is the warning of the 10th commandment. This is yet another reason to continually check the motives of our hearts. This verse is ultimately the breakdown of how jealousy creeps in and breaks down our faith.
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS GOD. That is, it is therefore acceptable for us to expect to receive "more grace" from God as long as we are "humble" which entails our motives being pure. One who is humble will freely "Submit... to God" and "Resist the devil", showing evidence that God's grace is already at work, with more grace to come. We submit to God by acknowledging His authority within us by the Holy Spirit. Do you believe you have the power to make the devil "flee from you"? According to this verse, whether you believe it or not, you do! STOP GOING ALONG WITH THE DEVIL BY HAVING IMPURE MOTIVES AND JEALOUSY, PUTTING HIM TO FLIGHT!
If we want something someone else has that is an impure motive. To want something someone else has is to say God does not know how to take care of you. One who is humble trusts that in God's time He will answer your prayer and provide what you have asked for. We must never forget that God is always right and it is most important that we be right with Him in our hearts. "God resisteth the proud" which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #5244: appearing above others. To "resisteth" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #498 meaning to range oneself against... oppose. No matter what we think we know, God opposes those who have a motive to lift themselves above their brethren, plain and simple. The more we try to lift ourselves up, the more we are opposed by God and the less likely our desires will be met by God. This is the same thing as grieving the Holy Spirit. Walking in humility is the way to approach solidifying your faith.
We remain arrogant and ignorant to the fact that we are going along with the devil in our impure motives until we become "humble". As Proverbs chapter 16 teaches, pride comes before the fall. Here we see also that pride is what keeps us from receiving the blessings of God as it taints our motives even to the point where we may hold resentment toward those who are blessed of God. God's grace refers to the bestowal of God's favor and blessings. Yet here we see a lack of humility leads to God's opposition. And people still wonder why America is no longer blessed as she once was, while individual whites wonder why they're not being blessed, refusing to repent of their impure motives and arrogant ways.
We should never expect God to give us more grace until our heart is right toward Him in humility. Maybe you want more grace from God but are only experiencing His resistance. It's not God that needs to change, it's us. If this bothers you then you're not being humble. Even when we are certain we are right with Him and at peace, we should always be searching our hearts and lives to make sure. If we are going to have a good testimony and take a stand for Christ we must do this, trusting in God's endless supply of grace for us.
Maybe you've felt resistance in your prayer life. Would it shock you to discover it is God Who is resisting you? If you're too proud to live by faith that's exactly the case. If you're too proud thinking it's okay to accept non-whites, God will continue to resist you. His blessings of more grace are shut off to us until we "Submit". Those who are too proud to ask Him for help, "God resisteth". To those who humble themselves and ask of Him, "he giveth more grace".
Though the influence of God's enemies is prevalent, we must "Resist the devil." If you choose to do so, they have no choice but to "flee from you" because of God's presence and authority in you. Ultimately how do we get the devil to flee from us? By giving God what He wants; our submission. God doesn't just want a measure of your time and attention- HE WANTS YOUR HEART. It's not thru politics that the white race can cause the jews and non-whites to flee from us. IT'S THRU GIVING GOD OUR SUBMISSION THRU LIFESTYLE CHRISTIANITY. What would it mean to know that the enemies of God are running away from you?! That yours is a life of power. The only acceptable way to submit to God is in humility by faith. THOSE WHO WILL REMAIN HUMBLE WILL ONE DAY HAVE A SOLID FAITH.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Doesn't it make sense that those who are the closest to God will receive what they want from Him? Therefore another way to solidify our faith is to get as close to God as is possible in this life. Thru racial separation have we taken responsibility for our private and social interaction and involvement with His enemies naturally bringing us closer to God. As a result, some may feel as if they have arrived. James here says there is more.
To "Draw nigh" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #1448 which is to make near... approach. So how do you approach Someone Who is already closer than close by living inside you? For this can't be speaking of God being way out there and you having to go somewhere else to approach Him. We can draw nigh to Him where we are NOW, acknowledging and embracing His GREAT I AM presence and authority which is within you already. We all know God is Omni-present (He is everywhere). But in relation to us personally as individual Israelites, HIS MEETING PLACE WITH YOU IS WITHIN YOU.
As you will see, this drawing nigh to God is practical yet paradigm-shifting and life-altering. James says, "Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded". Though there isn't some great distance you must travel in order to draw nigh to God, there are some things which stand between us and God in spite of the fact that He is in you. Something has polluted our hands that makes us sinners who are missing the mark no matter how hard we try. Something has confused our hearts to where we are not powerfully functioning in the way we are intended. Therefore there is something within which is shielding you from fully approaching God. THE GOOD NEWS IS, IT IS WITHIN YOUR GRASP TO REMOVE THEM. There is no need for someone else to aid you in this cleansing and purification. The power to solidify your faith is in you.
Understand, in this flesh we'll never be sinlessly perfect. Yet there's a cleansing and a purification which can help you sin less and prevent you from always falling short of the glory of God, contained in this verse. To "Cleanse your hands, ye sinners" is clearly a call to repent and separate from the world and unite with God as opposed to remaining at emnity with God thru not fully trusting God and living by faith. This will become more evident as we continue. Our hands become dirty when we put fleshly effort toward what only He can do. For the Spirit within tells us when we are trying to force things, going a little too far. Yet we ignore the still small voice because we will not trust God. We cleanse our hands by knowing when we've done all we are supposed to do in a situation. This is the first major step we make in drawing nigh unto God which indeed changes our daily lives forever. This is an act of personal humility which will solidify our faith. Yet there is another aspect to this which removes what is between us and drawing even closer to God. For he continues his instruction for you to "purify your heart, ye double minded" which is a call to removing something less obvious but more rewarding if performed. This aspect involves how lifestyle Christianity goes beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law. This purification has to do with correcting the impure motives of your heart to stop being "double minded".
James introduced this idea in chapter 1, telling us, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." Therefore, if this issue is so insignificant, why does he return to it, especially at such a critical point in this Epistle?! Anyone who assumes living by faith is periphial or even optional is double minded and hasn't yet had their heart purified in this way. For an Israelite to be pleasing to God he must live by faith and in order for his faith to be pure, he cannot be double minded. Do you just want to remain a person who has very little power with God who is racially awake? Or do you want to be a lifestyle Christian who is not only racially awake, but has power with God?
James is showing that being double minded is what cause us to ask amiss and is the only thing holding us back from getting our prayers answered the way we want. How do we even recognize this barrier?! When you become racially awake your perception of God, yourself, and everything around you changes. Yet without this purification of the heart things in this life will never get any easier unless you compromise, remaining double minded, remaining a friend of the world in your practice.
When we read where Christ said His yoke is easy and His burden is light, now that we know the truth on race (but still being double minded), we can't help but scratch our heads since it appears life has become so much harder. After all, before we were awakened, life was a whole lot easier and too much didn't really bother us. But now that we see the world for what it really is, we are confronted with situations and decisions which threaten our survival, both economically and physically. Where do we find the attitude and lifestyle which fits with this foundation of racial separation Christ has laid in our lives? It is on the other side of this purification of our hearts; from being double minded to living by faith.
What is being double minded? It's very simple: not being single-minded, not being convinced or sure whether you can fully trust God. THIS IS THE MISSING PIECE TO YOU BEING AS CLOSE TO GOD AS IS POSSIBLE IN THIS LIFE! No Christian can read the Bible without knowing we are supposed to live by faith. But because of us being double minded, there is fear; we always seem to find a way to not hold on to trusting God and we revert back to our old way of survival and settling for the best we can do. YET IN SUCH A RACIALLY SENSITIVE CULTURE, YOU MAY BE DISCOVERING THE BEST YOU CAN DO STILL ISN'T ENOUGH BY THE WAY YOU ARE STRUGGLING IN THE PROCESS. 'We don't have quite as much 'wiggle room' as we one did, unless again, we end up compromising or having to make painful sacrifices simply because we are double minded and will not step out and trust God.
The cleansing of our hands helps us to see clearer the kingdom of God; that we must live by faith and trust God. This purification of our hearts gives us the wisdom and power to actually do it; to enter the kingdom in this life and experience His bountiful blessings. We must be convinced in our hearts however that there is no other option but to put everything in our lives totally in His hands. We must seek to be purified of all our worries, doubts, fears, impure motives, and jealousy.
The Apostle John said thatfaith is the victory that overcomes the world. So if you believe you have overcome the world racially prove it by solidifying your faith. THIS IS THE MOST WE CAN DO TO FULLY DRAW NIGH UNTO GOD. You can be freed from being "double minded", no longer crumbling infear, to where your heart can produce and maintain a pure faith. To "purify your hearts" is doing all you must do to solidify your faith so you can begin entering the kingdom and receive what you desire from God.
James already told us to look ourselves in the mirror of the perfect law of liberty. We have now seen our dirty hands and impure heart. STOP LOOKING FOR SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF AND RECOGNIZE GOD WANTS TO LIVE THRU YOU! CLEAN UP YOUR WAYS, PURIFY YOUR MOTIVES, AND EXPECT FOR GOD TO GIVE YOU RESULTS.
GOD IS TELLING YOU TO GET OUT OF HIS WAY IN YOUR LIFE. What needs to be removed are all the fleshly, carnal egotistical aspects of our lives. He lives in you and you are the only one who is standing in His way. YOU EITHER BELIEVE IN HIM AND THAT HE LIVES IN YOU, OR YOU DON'T. If you do, determine what is stopping you from putting your full trust in Him. Only those who truly love Him will do whatever it takes to solidify their faith:
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Don't expect cleansing your hands and purifying your heart in this way to be a 'cake walk'. James says solidifying your faith is to "Be afflicted". Yes, James says God loves and wants to bless us so much He is willing for us to go thru whatever it takes to draw nigh unto Him in this incredible way. When we discover this distance within us from God, it should cause us to "mourn, and weep" as Christ taught in the Beattitudes. When you see all you once considered security and safety nets (which you previously constructed and trusted in your life) come crashing down around and beneath you, you realize they were nothing more than a worthless facade, keeping you from a more pure faith.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
When you get to this point all that is left is to worship your God. Worship is revelation and response. James sums up the only way to respond, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord". With our faces to the dirt from which we were formed, all we can say is, "Oh Yahweh, my Creator, make me now what You want me to be. I've tried it my way; I can't do it anymore." It is time for Israelites to surrender to Yahweh and see what He can do with us- and it starts with you. When a humble heart is full of pure faith, one day, something incredible will emerge from the ashes- "and he shall lift you up".
Again, don't see this language in reference to God being off somewhere else. God is in you and He isn't looking at the outward appearance. What He has in His "sight" is the thoughts and intents of our hearts. WHEN HE SEES WHAT WE IS LOOKING FOR, WATCH OUT! By His Spirit and through His Word, we can see what we need to correct (I Samuel 16:7; Hebrews 4:12). Don't be satisfied until you see humility. For once you humble yourself, THEN be prepared for Him to "lift you up".
One thing's for certain, we can fool one another and even ourselves, but we can't fool God. Though we determine our own desires and ask them of God, He is the One Who searches our hearts. Nothing is impossible with God, therefore we must be sure our motives are not what's preventing us from receiving what we want from Him. Though there may be other pure motives which are more personal, a main reason we should ultimately want God to do something for us, is so that we might somehow be more effective in doing something for Him. If you can say this is within your motivation without any inner conflict, you have solidified your faith.