Wednesday, June 13, 2001

James 4:3 -- On Asking Amiss

"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."
James 4:3

This is interesting to me, I guess because I get so off track in what I want sometimes.  When we don't have the Lord at the forefront of our lives, we ask for a lot of things that we shouldn't... and I don't even think that we realize all the time how wrong the things that we are asking for are.  Sometimes we even pretend to ourselves that we are doing what we do in order to care for someone else... we can taint love pretty badly that way, and a lot of good works, because we are focusing inward, on ourselves, instead of outward, on God and other people. 

Whenever we are after something so that *we* can feel this way or that way, we are listening to our bodies too much, and not enough to our spirits. :)  Not that we shouldn't take care of ourselves, because we definitely should... but we should make sure that we are caring about others, and that we have God around.  The natural man wants to satisfy physical and emotional needs before anything else... and we are learning to put our spiritual well-being first.  Today, let's try to ask for things that will help other people, not just make us feel better. :)

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