THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM
INTRODUCTION: The essence of sin is selfishness. The heart of
the matter is the matter of the heart.
I. DESIRES THAT CONTROL OURSELVES. v.l
"Among You" - believers living in James' day.
A. REASON. la
"Quarrels" - speaks of continuous conflict; long
drawn-out resentment; spirit of bitterness. This
is a spirit of conflict w/in our heart.
"Fights" - individual conflicts rather than long
period of resentment; outward expression.
B. RESULT. lb
If war within - soon war without
C. RECOGNITION. lc
"Lusts" - evil desires; unbridled search for
"War" - strategy; the members of our fleshly
bodies are armed and ready. General passion,
major pride, sergeant ego, private lust. These
soldiers are waiting to take over and war against
Romans 7:23; I Peter 2:ll; Gal. 5:17
II. DESIRES THAT CONTEST OTHERS. v.2
In and of themselves, most of our desires are
legitimate. But the devil and our flesh, worki ...
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