“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. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” James 4:1-4 NKJV.
An undeniable truth is that, to a certain degree or measure, we all have some form of pride within us. Had that not been the case, surely there would be a lot more peace and tranquility in the world. When things do not go our way, at times, negative emotions are evoked within us because we wanted things to go a certain way. You will find that even in the church people have conflicts with each other because of their own hidden, selfish, pride-filled desires. Unfortunately, it is part of our human nature, but we cannot use that as an excuse, as through Christ we are made new. It is important for us to recognise that there are other powers out there at work in this world, which seek to keep us from having a relationship with God. Sometimes the things we receive and seemingly “thank God” for, may not necessarily be from God. There are things which are not meant for you personally as they will lead you away from God and there is nothing more the enemy wants than to see you drift away from God. He can and will “bless you” with certain things in your life if they shift your focus from God, even if you thank God for it. Always remember that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God.
Speak to God about your life.