A Divine Jealousy

​While the Israelites were camped at Acacia Grove, some of the men defiled themselves by having sexual relations with local Moabite women. These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab. In this way, Israel joined in the worship of Baal of Peor, causing the Lord ’s anger to blaze against his people. The Lord issued the following command to Moses: “Seize all the ringleaders and execute them before the Lord in broad daylight, so his fierce anger will turn away from the people of Israel.” So Moses ordered Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death the men under your authority who have joined in worshiping Baal of Peor.” Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman into his tent, right before the eyes of Moses and all the people, as everyone was weeping at the entrance of the Tabernacle.  When Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest saw this, he jumped up and left the assembly. He took a spear and rushed after the man into his tent. Phinehas thrust the spear all the way through the man’s body and into the woman’s stomach. So the plague against the Israelites was stopped, but not before 24,000 people had died. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest has turned my anger away from the Israelites by being as zealous among them as I was. So I stopped destroying all Israel as I had intended to do in my zealous anger. Now tell him that I am making my special covenant of peace with him. In this covenant, I give him and his descendants a permanent right to the priesthood, for in his zeal for me, his God, he purified the people of Israel, making them right with me. ”

Numbers 25:1‭-‬13 NLT

One man, who had a divine jealousy for God’s will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven,  saved a whole people and brought peace through his obedience. His righteous amber towards evil and wickedness,  and his obedience left this man and woman, forever called out by name in the Word of God as transgressors.

This action was not taken by Phineas in anger towards these two, but in bold obedience to God. It was not a judgement that Phineas executed against their hearts – the commandmen came from God and out of love for His God, he obeyed without wavering. This was not heartless or cruel,  it was the justice of God made visible to the world.
Regardless of some modern perversions of the Word of God, Jesus didn’t just “come for sinners” – He “came for sinners to bring them to repentance”. In fact Jesus tells us that His call will “raise those who did good to salvation and those who did evil to judgement”.  His name is not a free pass to continue in wickedness. This grace once planted in us, now alive and abiding is the power to tread on the head of temptation, and for our lives to be a living testimony of the power of the blood of the Lamb to supply an annointing of power, love, and self control. 
Do you put your full trust in what the Word of God speaks into your daily life?
Or do you put your trust in what some king surrounded by his followers has convinced you that it says? Or in what lies the world has to sell you?
Or are there more pressing matters in your day than consulting a God that you cannot hear,  a book that you cannot understand,  and a religion that looks to you like hatred,  judgement,  and hypocrisy?
At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the Lord , and he handed them over to you. The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” Asa became so angry with Hanani for saying this that he threw him into prison and put him in stocks. At that time Asa also began to oppress some of his people.

2 Chronicles 16:7‭-‬10 NLT
Fully trusting is our opportunity to see victory reign in our lives,  to know that righteous jealousy for the Lord, to know that justified hatred towards sin and death,  and to know the love of being your brother’s keeper. And why does it matter that we warn our brother and sister of the coming judgement (besides the example that Christ gave us,  preaching “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!”)?
It is that righteous jealousy that Paul felt for the Corinthians when he said:
For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you  as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

II Corinthians 11:2‭-‬4 NKJV
Yes, Christ taught repentance,  and that the wicked would go to destruction and the redeemed would know eternal life and life abundant. And that life abundant is witnessed and demonstrated in the lives of the Apostles and martyrs who are jealous enough towards their God to face persecution,  trial, and suffering in this world. He did not say,  “Build up a great amusement for my people that will stir their emotions and promise them more in this life.” No, He told us to lay down our lives,  to deny ourselves, to love others, and to be bold in the truth. His example was to turn over the tables of the money changers.  Oh, that He would turn over the tables of so many that make merchandise of the gospel! That merchandise saying “We follow Paul” or “We follow Mark” or “We follow XXX church/preacher” would be replaced with materials sharing the name of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. But the name above all names takes a backseat in places that worship and exalt themselves – and this merchandise cries out and testifies against us,  Lord! This half hearted trust in you,  Lord, leaves so many powerless – either not acknowledging the power that exists to set them free – or refusing to enter in themselves and barring the way for others. 
Belief,  faith,  or the lack of it is manifest in our lives. 
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Therefore by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Matthew 7:16‭-‬21 NKJV
And it matters:
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

John 3:19‭-‬21 NKJV
Choose belief, whole hearted belief, unashamed belief, unwavering faith that abides, that remains:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:16‭-‬17 NKJV
Find your divine jealousy for the Lord, world changer. 

The Wicked are Not Acquitted, but Changed

​The Lord  is  slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the  wicked. The Lord has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, And dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither, And the flower of Lebanon wilts. The mountains quake before Him, The hills melt, And the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him. The Lord  is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.

Nahum 1:3‭-‬7 NKJV



Without the cross, without the Good News of Jesus Christ,  wouldn’t this be a death sentence for you,  sinner? Or do you insist in believing that you are “a good person” or that this is “just the way you’re made”? Can’t you remember the lies, the selfishness, the pridefulness, the lack of compassion,  and your lack of praise and worship towards your creator, your rebellion against the ways that are written that are best? 
But He doesn’t change His mind about us. No, you see,  He has a purpose in mind for us,  for those who believe and trust in Him. That plan is that we might be changed by His grace, by our faith,  so that others might know that we have seen the power of sin and death overcome in our lives. And this He does as a testimony of His mercy,  His love,  and yes,  of His righteousness. This has been His plan since the beginning for us.
He has a new name for us,  and it is no longer a label of sinner,  it is a confirmation that we are newly created as a saint – as a child of God.
His plan is not just about forgiveness,  but about transformation, about change,  about a demonstration of the power of the blood of the Lamb that becomes evident in the testimony of a life touched by grace and alive in faith, trusting in the Lord.

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Revelation 12:7‭-‬12 NKJV

The Body



1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.


Today’s Workout

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.

So glorify God in your body.

Believers, it is prudent for us to ask each other, “Do you believe that you were bought with a price?”

And, “If you do believe, do you think that grace was bought cheaply or at a high cost?”

Too many times we treat grace is if it was cheap or common, just because we believe that we’ve received it as a free gift. But we have to ask ourselves that if grace is misunderstood, if it is tossed aside in favor of so many temptations of this world, can we say that we’ve ever really known grace? Just because someone holds up fools gold and proclaims “I’m rich” doesn’t mean that the rock in their hands is worth anything. Hebrews 12:15 warns us about falling short of the grace of God, and so many passages throughout the Bible make it clear who “shall NOT inherit the Kingdom of God”. Romans 6, Ephesians 2, and Colossians 2 all contrast being dead in sin to being alive in Christ for those who are bought with a price and who glorify God.

So the question I ask is, “Is your body a temple of the Holy Spirit that lives and abides within you?”

Can you show me? Have you shown me in your life today? With how you have treated others? With how you have handled stress and challenges and temptations? With how the Holy Spirit has manifest itself through your life as opposed to you just walking in the flesh like you did before?

If you haven’t, do you want to? Or are you satisfied with some concept of “cheap grace” and a “heaven ticket” that allows you to remain your own? Are you satisfied with glorifying your own self and your own passions and desires instead of glorifying God? Is the freedom that you really desire a “freedom from God, godliness, and rightousness” and a “freedom to sin and self fulfillment”?

There is a much better way. The “One Way”.

Make Him your master today. Accept His Lordship over your life. Repent from your ways and turn to Him, believe Him, and you too can be a dead vessel raised to new life.

You too can be the BODY OF CHRIST – the true church that is made up of children of God – not a building or denomination or gathering of dead, religious people.



John 17:20-26

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them,that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Today’s Workout

The phrase “that they may become perfectly one” speaks to the unity of the believers as the body of Christ and the unity of believers with God. So the question begs asking of ourselves, “Is my life in unity with God?”


I think that if anyone immediately answers boldly, “Yes, I am one with God” – they might have more to fear than even the lost sinner. If there is no tension pressing them to examine themselves and identify those areas where they fall short of the glory of God so they might come to the foot of the cross with a humble and repentant heart – we might have to ask them whether or not it is their faith or their pride that is strong.


Yes, Christ has made known to us not only the name of God, but the perfect example of His righteousness. And His righteousness looks quite different to us than the judgmental, religious, ritualistic, and hypocritical self righteousness of the proud and the wise. His righteousness shines so brightly against the contrast of our imperfect lives that we are humbled by the opportunity of being called Children of God. If we have anything to boast of, it is Christ alone, not our own works, words, actions, or victories. Because what victory is there to be had that is not built upon the foundation of Christ the cornerstone?


So like Paul, I don’t yet claim to have yet achieved it, but I press on towards the upward goal of following in the footsteps of my Christ. I do not oppose you friend, because you are not my enemy. Just because you see me standing firm against sin, doesn’t mean that I stand against you, friend. I too know the battle that rages between flesh and spirit. I too know the temptations that are common to all men. I don’t stand as a perfect example for you to follow, but I follow the one who is. And we each have this same opportunity.


And do you know that as we follow our master, we become more like him? Those who follow another master into destruction, their deceit, wickedness, selfishness, and pride – it grows up and chokes the joy out of their lives – and it tries to choke the life out of those around them. They are diseased trees bearing deadly fruit into this world. But you who follow the good shepherd who lays down His life for the flock – His love, His spirit, His very nature comes and abides in you and remains – and that love infiltrates the darkness of this world and overcomes it.


Examine your life. Not so that you can become either proud or guilt stricken, but so that you can realize your need for the grace that this Good News of Jesus Christ offers those who would humbly see themselves in their fallen condition, and who would submit themselves in faith to be raised to new life, to follow a new master, to live free from sin – not free to sin.


We are not dogs who return to their own vomit. We are not slaves to sin. We are free indeed – not by our own strength, but by the grace of God. We do not walk alone. We are one with Him, and He is one with us.


“Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” – Revelation 22:15


“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10


“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” – Galatians 5:19-21


Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with itspassions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.



Wanted, Dead or Alive

Dead to Sin, Alive to God
Romans 6:6-14
6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self[a] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free[b] from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Today’s Workout
One master wants you to be dead and defeated, powerless against sin and evil and wickedness – while the other master wants you to experience an abundant life that brings encouragement, nourishment, forgiveness, hope, love, and faith to those in your circle of influence. Which will you serve? Will you uplift and empower those around you to be the best that they can be? Will you help people succeed in fulfilling the vision for their life dreams? Will you be a hand up to those around you in need? Will you be a shoulder to lean on for those who need comforting? Will you be a welcome port of peace and encouragement in their storm? Do you realize that through your example, you will either grow the fruit in them that will nourish you in your times of need – or you will allow the weeds that are choking out their possibilities to also choke you out when you need to lean to them?
This life is a team sport. You’re working out, you’re putting in work for one team or the other.
You’re wanted Dead or Alive.
Choose life. Choose Jesus. And let Him come and live in you and through you today – contaminating every part of your life with the overflow of His spirit. Get to work!

I can’t hear you?!!

​Shout with joy to the Lord , all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! 

He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Psalms 100:1‭-‬5 NLT

One of You is a Devil

​Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”

John 6:70 NKJV
If an apostle chosen and identified by Christ himself was a devil – how many moreso who have given themselves titles and received such titles from men?
Especially amongst men who divide themselves and honor men not God by saying we follow “Peter”, or “Pope”, or “Luther”, or the “Baptist”, or any name other than the name above all names – are you seeking to honor men, or do you seek to honor God?
Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.

I Corinthians 1:12‭-‬15 NKJV
This world is filled with deceit, division, and darkness, but we do not cower in the corner with our little flame of truth. 
I encourage you to read Matthew 5, 2 Peter 2 and Jude 1 if you disagree with anything I share here, friend. 
If someone’s “light” leaves you seeking prosperity in this life more than righteousness – if it leaves you justifying your remaining in your sinful ways,  I encourage you to make sure that you know the difference between the blind leading the blind along the broad path that leads to destruction and those who know,  love, serve,  and remain living in Christ, not just in word but in deed. 
Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord , And their works are in the dark; They say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?” – Isaiah 29:15 NKJV
“The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.” – Isaiah 9:2 NKJV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:19‭-‬24 NKJV
See below a related article “A Tragic End for Judas”


A Tragic End for Judas
“When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind…saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood’” (vv. 3–4).  
– Matthew 27:1–10

All four Evangelists describe Judas as a traitor when he first appears on the scene in the Gospels (Matt. 10:4; Mark 3:19; Luke 6:16; John 6:71). On the other hand, Peter is not defined by his betrayal of Jesus in denying the Savior three times. Since Peter repented and was restored (John 21:15–19), he is remembered as the rock, not primarily as the denier of Christ. Yet Judas never turned from his sin and bears the shame of his deed forever.
Matthew’s juxtaposition of Peter’s denial and Judas’ death invites us to compare the state of their souls. Like Peter, Judas is remorseful after the fact, changing his mind about the wisdom of his deed after seeing Jesus condemned (Matt. 27:3–4). Unlike Peter, Judas does not feel the “godly grief” of repentance (2 Cor. 7:10). The Greek verb for Judas’ change of mind (Matt. 27:3) is not the one normally used for repentance. Moreover, Judas does not really try to stop what he has started and will not testify of Christ’s innocence before Pilate. John Calvin writes, “True repentance is displeasure at sin, arising out of fear and reverence for God, and producing, at the same time, a love and desire of righteousness.” Were Judas repentant, justice and righteousness would move him to intervene on Jesus’ behalf. Godly sorrow leads people to run to God, but Judas’ despair makes him run into the arms of death (v. 5).
Once more, the Jewish leaders care more about the minutiae of ceremonial regulation than the greater sin of killing an innocent man (see Amos 5:21–24). They use the blood money paid to Judas to buy a place to bury Gentiles (Matt. 27:6–8), thereby fulfilling prophecy (vv. 9–10). The text Matthew cites seems to be a paraphrase of Jeremiah 19:1–14 and Zechariah 11. Both prophets allude to Israel’s rejecting the shepherds God sent to them and the destruction that results. For centuries the Almighty sent His prophets to shepherd His people, but His people rejected them and the destruction of exile occurred. Now with the condemnation of Jesus to death, the leaders have rejected the “Shepherd and Overseer” of their souls (1 Peter 2:25), and they make themselves even more worthy of God’s wrath than their ancestors.
Coram Deo
Matthew Henry comments, “Some have said, that Judas sinned more in despairing of the mercy of God, than in betraying his Master’s blood.” Neither Judas’ betrayal nor his suicide is the unforgiveable sin, only his refusal to seek the grace of Christ. Peter and Judas both committed heinous transgressions, but Peter found restoration when he repented. Today let us repent of our sins and turn to Jesus, knowing that He offers pardon to all those who trust Him alone.
Passages for Further Study
2 Chronicles 7:14 

Psalm 7:12–13

Luke 11:29–32

2 Peter 3:9

The Beauty of the Trials

We are still living without septic and without power service. Thank you,  Jesus! This has been a wonderful experience for us.
What is amazing is that at one extreme,  there are people who look at us as if we are fools and ask,  “Why would you ever choose to live like that? ” And at the other extreme,  there are people that stand here looking at where we are and say, “Man, you are living the dream. I’d love to one day have something like this!” 
Yes, these are both actual statements made by people around us about the exact same situation. Two quite different perspectives. 
Yes, this life has surrounded us with friends in all kinds of different lifestyles and circumstances – but this is not about our circumstances,  because in this life there will always be some that will have more than us and some that will have less. In this life, there will always be those that understand us and those who do not. In this life, there will always be those who encourage us and those who will seek to tear us down. 
All of this has and is bringing our family closer together than we’ve been in the past. And it is bringing us closer to a life where we pray for and try to help both of these groups of people in our daily lives. 
There are many people who have a lot of things,  but have little compassion and love and generosity towards those in need. We hope that we might share love and that they might be humbled when their visibility into our decisions about living this way by choice highlight so many that lI’ve in more challenging situations not by their own choice. 
There are many who have a lot of compassion and mercy and generosity towards others that have very little themselves to show for it. We hope that we might share work and meals and help with their needs as we can or connect them with those who have the resources to help fill their needs. 
With all of this being said, today I am praying that Duke Power provide us with the power that we have been going without. The Lord has continued to provide for us and we’ve found ways to make this work. But the generator that we’ve been running on non-stop for weeks now is not meant for this type of constant service.  And the money spent on enough gas and propane daily to keep it running has been a wonderful testimony to our trusting in the Lord to provide and His being faithful and true to meet our needs. 
But I know and trust that it is time for us to bring quiet again to these rolling hills instead of the roar of this generator that has been our announcement to our new neighbors that we now live here. We are ready to be a blessing and not a nuisance to our neighbors, we are ready for this process of building to begin,  we are ready. And we know the Lord’s answerve is “Yes”. And we have been satisfied that the Lord’s answer had been “but not yet” up to this point. And we are confident that His timing is best. 
I’m just telling you,  friends,  that I am praying for God to move in a mighty way and make it clear to us today His purpose and will for this land in serving His Kingdom. No matter the answer or direction, Lord, no matter our understanding, Lord, set our feet form upon your path,  and make it a clear and evident testimony today,  that as for me and my house,  we will serve the Lord.

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

James 4:1‭-‬3 NLT