James 4:1-12 – April 12

Welcome to our study in the book of James which will go through April 15. Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.

James 4:1-12 – Submit Yourselves to God

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

The Battle Within | Dyea Rowland


James 4:1


We just read in chapter 3 about peace. We serve a big God who loves order and peace, yet as we read in chapter 4, we are the ones who cause the quarrels and fights. Power, greed, lust, and jealousy–all the hidden desires of our hearts stand in the way of the One true Jesus we serve. Whether it is financially, relationally, military, domestically, internationally, locally, especially personally. That struggle lies at the heart.


Submitting my whole self to You and only to You. My struggles lately do lay at the very root of my ugly heart. These include my thoughts, desires, my likes, and dislikes; my relationships, procrastination issues, and even the acceptance of others.


Father, as You tell us in verse 12, You are our only Judge…no other opinion matters, except for Yours. I have been hiding from You, taking on these struggles all by myself, not to burden You, and it has gotten me nowhere. I submit to You. Thank You for the abundant amount of grace You have given me and all of the mercy that I have not deserved. You brought it to my attention, yet again, I’m Yours. In Your near name…Amen.

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  1. Did you catch that promise in verse 8? Every single time we make the time to sit at the feet of Jesus, read His Word, be still before Him, listen, journal, pray, He is there!

    I so wanted to journal on that verse today, but as I drew near to Him this morning, I saw Him pointing in another direction, not so fuzzy and warm as talking about verse 8 all day.

    Thus, verse 11 — My Bible notes that the Greek word for “slander” here means any form of speaking against someone, including truth if it is delivered in a harsh and unkind way. This kind of slander is breaking the law–the command to love your neighbor as yourself. Though the slander is a judgment on another, it also brings me to sin under the law. This problem addressed by James to Christians, I have experienced it at church. But guess what, I’m also guilty of it. You stopped me from doing it just last night. You desire LOVE not slander or judgment or harsh words spoken against a believer. Unite us in LOVE, God! Please continue to stop me from breaking this law until I’m free from it. Thank You for always faithfully drawing near to me.


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