11/9/16 “THE CURE FOR STRIFE AND CONFLICT” – Pastor Shane Idleman

Complete Sermon Notes

The Cure For Strife And Conflict

JAMES PART SIX: 11/09/16

INTRO: Written to Christians outside of Palestine – our default nature has to be rebuked often.

  • The three ways to fail in life: Blame and Complain and not be Grateful.

  • Why is it so important to address this?

We’ve become very good at avoiding conviction – if a person dares to challenge us, we make excuses.

1. Be open and teachable – recognize that their is crack in the armor.

  • PRIDE puffs up – like a Balloon

JAMES 4 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.

When the Flesh Controls Your Life, Strife and Conflict are inevitable.

  • All types of wars – pride sparks the flame: critical spirit, fault-finder, defensive, self-focus and superficial.

  • My “desires” say – feed me so I can destroy you.

2…Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

A] A diminished prayer life – the desire for pleasure diminishes the work of the Spirit – praise and worship are stifled, spiritual growth is halted, and joy and peace are nowhere to be found. Sin is a heavy weight of bondage that affects every area of life.

B] A self-focused prayer life

David Wilkerson’s article http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/33654 – Paul asked the Galatian church, “You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:7-9.)

He is asking, “What’s in your life that keeps you from going on in the full blessing of Christ? You were doing so well at one time. I know you to be a praying people, and you labor diligently to do good works, but something is wrong. I don’t see you growing anymore. Instead, you’ve gone back to relying on your flesh. I don’t sense the sweet aroma of Christ you once had…Something’s hindering you. “What could have persuaded you to settle in this condition?”

Whatever it is, I tell you it’s not of God…Something is clouding you, something you may be holding on to… What leaven has crept in?” – “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9).

Lust diminishes the work of the Spirit – praise and worship are stifled, spiritual growth is halted, and joy and peace are nowhere to be found. Sin is a heavy weight of bondage that affects every area of life.

  • Prayer is stifled when lust controls us.

  • Cheating on God – the covenant of commitment and love has been broken.

2. Be filled with the Spirit and emptied of self

4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Spiritual Adultery – Cheating on God

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. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

  • Friendship with the world leads to conflict and strife.

  • Giving our heart to another: “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”

SPIRITUAL ADULTERY – “I don’t love you anymore – I’m moving on.”

3. Return to the marriage covenant- 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists [withstands against] the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

BUT – in spite of my neglect He offers grace: unmerited and undeserved favor.