Wanting What God Wants (For Me)

Jam 4:1  Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves.

Jam 4:2  You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it. You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you?

Jam 4:3  And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.

Jam 4:4  You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.

Jam 4:5  And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” (MSG)


  • Not ALL desire is GOOD, GODLY desire

Pro 21:25  (Darby)  The desire of the sluggard killeth him; for his hands refuse to work:

(KJV+)  The desire8378 of the slothful6102 killeth4191 him; for3588 his hands3027 refuse3985 to labor.6213

(MSG)  Lazy people finally die of hunger because they won’t get up and go to work.

—V26 MSG)  Sinners are always wanting what they don’t have; the God-loyal are always giving what they do have.

(YLT)  All the day desiring he hath desired, And the righteous giveth and withholdeth not.


Mark 11:24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  (KJV)

—Ps 37:4      Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (KJV)


Mark 9:33    And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?

34      But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

35      And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.  (KJV)