As you know, the Scriptures give us exclusive insight into God and life which comes from nowhere else. Concerning lifestyle Christianity, James places much emphasis on the multiple fascets of faith. So what about prayers we've offered which haven't been answered? In this lesson, we will deal with more than just the mechanics and outworkings of faith. Let's get to the heart of the issue, discovering what solidifies our faith.
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Conflicts and divisions come from within us, "even of your lusts that war in your members". Understand, you cannot be offended unless you allow yourself to be offended. You cannot become upset unless you allow someone to upset you. Ultimately, problems develop between us due to conflicting opinions and desires. As we've said again and again, we cannot continue to blame everything on non-whites and take no responsibility. We each have our own mind and are responsible to make our own choices in spite of whatever influences are present. Besides, anyone who knows the truth should understand that ultimately non-whites are not even a part of this equation because they mean nothing to God. The only "members" who have a 'dog in this fight' are Israelites.
As you regard what it is you desire, you must be comfortable asking God for things and with what it is you are asking Him for. This is how a more enduring faith can begin taking shape in you. Keep this in mind as James in essence is explaining where most problems stem from. Think about it: the source of most all our differences with others is when what one desires comes into conflict with what another has on his mind. Strife among brethren can come from lust which is nothing more than unmanaged desires. Yet when we as brethren are each in tune with the Spirit of Christ, we can have desires which compliment one another. Difficulties may be avoided when the carnally-minded repent and submit to God (which we will see later).
Here again we find ourselves on the subject of desires. We may wonder, how do people, groups, or nations end up in fights or even going to war with one another? Simply by conflicting interests or desires, regardless of who the hidden instigators may be. Yet the Christian way of getting what we want isn't meant to come thru our "lust" or even "war", but by simply asking God with a humble heart by faith. The New American Standard puts this portion of verse 2 well, as: "You do not have because you do not ask." BEGIN SEEING THE NEED TO BRING YOUR DESIRES BEFORE GOD SIMPLY BY ASKING HIM. As we have emphasized repeatedly, never minimize the importance of properly determining your desires. God allows your experiences and gave you your imagination for the purpose of previewing your potential desires, recognizing if they are really what you want.
These opening verses illustrate what happens when whites wrongfully handle their desires outside of taking them to God. This is the root of most of our frustration; trying to gain what we want thru means outside of faith by not following the Spirit of Christ. Yet even for those who think they know what they want and ask Him, there can still be some frustration:
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
So maybe you get that we are to "ask" God for things we want, but wonder why you still haven't received them. James says, "because ye ask amiss"; what does this mean? The Greek word translated "Ye ask" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #154 which is to call for, crave, desire. So it is simply to communicate to someone else something you desire. The word "amiss" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2560 kakos which is badly... diseased, evil, grieviously, miserably, sick. The word "consume" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #1159 meaning to waste. If you will take to heart what James is telling us here, it will greatly solidify your faith! If you "ask, and receive not" it very well could be that you are asking "amiss" or badly, which is wanting something for the wrong reason or motive. Even further proof of this is what he says is prevented by God not giving it to you: "That ye may not consume it" or that you would not waste it "upon your lusts". Through this we clearly see our Loving Father is looking at the motives and intentions of our desire as He is not in the business of spoiling His children. SO IT'S JUST AS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHY IT IS YOU WANT SOMETHING FROM GOD, AS IT IS TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT.
We've already learned that what we want from God should make us feel happy, blessed, and fulfilled. No one really wants anything unless it's going to bring some personal pleasure and satisfaction. We've seen how the only way to please God is by faith, which involves finding the desires which stir up the most feeling and emotion within us (Hebrews 11:6). Now James is qualifying this a little further that it cannot be solely based on selfish motives, otherwise we have the wrong intent and are asking amiss. There must be a pure motive for what we want. KEEPING THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU DETERMINE YOUR DESIRES IS ONE OF THE WAYS YOU CAN FURTHER SOLIDIFY YOUR FAITH.
So just simply find a solid balance between personal fulfillment and knowing whatever it is you desire can be used in a way to bring positive attention to Christ. THIS IS A KEY TO DISCOVERING THE ABUNDANT CHRISTIAN LIFE. Our greatest desires are to be based on heartfelt motives which are both personally gratifying and for the betterment and productivity of the kingdom of God.
We must learn asking in faith isn't just coming up with anything you might selfishly want, but something which reflects a heart motivated by the Spirit of God. If you for instance, see God providing you the means to take a dream vacation that would help you to relax and then return to God's service being more focused, no one could say you have a wrong motive. But if your motive is to go off and indulge yourself in lustful activities, it would be a whole other thing. God wants us to ask for things and to be particular about what we desire. James is now pointing out to the believer how we must have the right motivation. This is one of the least noticed but most important verses in the Scriptures when it comes to faith, for this reason.
Obviously in our modern society few actually possess a solid faith, viewing their belief in God as a lifestyle. Whether it's because they just don't believe it's possible to live that way today or they think themselves unworthy, most do not take learning about faith in the Scriptures that seriously. Yet if you're one the few who find the narrow way of faith, it must not be assumed faith is just some 'genie in a bottle' formula as some false teachers like to teach. For when it comes to asking God for something, use this little word "amiss" to check your heart as to the motives and intents of your requests. When we come to the place where we are convinced we can ask God for things and that He will actually give them to us, we must then not only determine the things we want, but why we want them. Otherwise, we are still being carnal and worldly.
In the Spirit, no white person wants to be at odds with God. Though so many of our people appear to be having it both ways, you cannot love the world and still love God. In addition, only Israel was ever married to Yahweh, and in Christ, He came to reconcile us to Himself as His Wayward Bride. Therefore, only Israelites can be "adulterers and adulteresses" when it comes to Yahweh.
In the Greek, "emnity" is a very strong term as it is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2190 which means to be hateful... hostile... adversary. When we as God's Bride have impure motives and intentions, we are in essence being hateful and hostile towards our Husband while being "a friend of the world". To not want to do what is best for our race is to have a "friendship" or fondness for the present world, opposing the kingdom of God. White individuals need to "know... that the friendship of the world" makes them God's adversary.
James is wanting us to see that not living by faith is being unfaithful to God; makes sense doesn't it? A wife is to ask her husband for what she desires, no one else. For us to claim to be Christian Israelites (which means to be the Bride of Christ) and refuse to determine our desires and ask Him for them, is actually being "adulterers and adulteresses" not Christians according to this verse. Indeed, in light of our immediate context and specifically what we just learned in the previous verse, though we may have determined our desires and asked them of God, if our motives and intents are not pure, we still remain "a friend of the world". WE MUST SOLIDIFY OUR FAITH IF WE WANT TO KNOW WE ARE BEING FAITHFUL TO OUR HUSBAND, KNOWING HE WILL TAKE CARE OF US AND ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.
Say a woman is trying to talk her husband into buying her a fancy red convertible. Now she's determined what she desires and she's asked him for it. But secretly her intent in having the car is so she can turn other men's heads. You think that husband ought to buy her that sports car? We must check the motivations of our hearts to see is they are pure before we ask. ONLY YOU CAN DETERMINE WHAT YOU DESIRE AND FOR WHAT MOTIVATION. If you want something, but for the wrong reasons, you better change your motivation or change your desire if you want to receive anything from God.
People ask all the time, "Why is it we don't see as many people healed as in Bible times?" Could it be that for some who pray for God to heal them it does not happen because they do not even think about why they want Him to do it, other than just so they won't be in pain or die? We know we can't live in these bodies forever. But could it be more people would be healed if they asked God to do it because they wanted the rest of their lives to be in greater service to Him in some way? We cannot help but see how checking our motivation for wanting God to do something can solidify our faith: WHY DO YOU WANT GOD TO DO WHAT YOU ARE ASKING?
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
It cannot be fully determined which "scripture" verse 5 is quoted from. The thing to understand is that this verse isn't in reference to the Holy Spirit but a carnal "spirit" or attitude "that dwelleth in" us. This jealous attitude influences us from having a solid faith causing us to mismanage our desires. When our motives are not pure before God, our lust can lead us to become jealous of others who already have what we want. Do you find yourself murmuring and complaining about what others have? We should never see what others have in relation to ourselves, thereby being tempted to covet, which is the warning of the 10th commandment. This is yet another reason to continually check the motives of our hearts. This verse is ultimately the breakdown of how jealousy creeps in and breaks down our faith.
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS GOD. That is, we will receive "more grace" from God as long as we are "humble", which entails our motives being pure. One who is humble will freely "Submit... to God" and "Resist the devil" showing evidence that God's grace is already at work, with more grace to come. We submit to God by acknowledging His authority within us by the Holy Spirit. Do you believe you have the power to make the devil "flee from you"? According to this verse, whether you believe it or not, you do! STOP GOING ALONG WITH THE DEVIL BY HAVING IMPURE MOTIVES AND JEALOUSY, PUTTING HIM TO FLIGHT!
If we want something someone else has, that is an impure motive. To want something someone else has is to say God does not know how to take care of you. One who is humble trusts that in God's time, He will answer your prayers and provide what you have asked for. We must never forget that God is always right and it is most important that we be right with Him in our hearts. "God resisteth the proud" which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #5244: appearing above others. To "resisteth" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #498 meaning to range oneself against... oppose. No matter what we think we know, God opposes those who have a motive to lift themselves above their brethren, plain and simple. The more we try to lift ourselves up, the more we are opposed by God and the less likely our desires will be met by Him. This is the same thing as grieving the Holy Spirit. Walking in humility is the way to approach solidifying your faith.
We remain arrogant and ignorant to the fact that we are going along with the devil in our impure motives until we become "humble". As Proverbs chapter 16 teaches, pride comes before the fall. Here we see also that pride is what keeps us from receiving the blessings of God, as it taints our motives even to the point where we may hold resentment toward those who are blessed of God. God's grace refers to the bestowal of God's favor and blessings. Yet here we see a lack of humility leads to God's opposition. And people still wonder why America is no longer blessed as she once was, as individual whites do as well, refusing to repent of their impure motives and arrogant ways.
We should never expect God to give us more grace until our heart is right toward Him in humilty. Maybe you want more grace from God but are only experiencing His resistance. It's not God that needs to change, it's us. If this bothers you then you're not being humble. Even when we are certain we are right with Him and at peace, we should always be searching our hearts and lives to make sure. If we are going to have a good testimony and take a stand for Christ we must do this, trusting in God's endless supply of grace for us.
Maybe you've felt resistance in your prayer life. Would it shock you to discover it is God Who is resisting you? If you're too proud to live by faith that's exactly the case. If you're too proud thinking it's okay to accept non-whites, God will continue to resist you. His blessings of more grace are shut off to us until we "Submit". Those who are too proud to ask Him for help, "God resisteth". To those who humble themselves and ask of Him, "he giveth more grace".
Though the influence of God's enemies is prevalent, we must "Resist the devil." If you choose to do so, they have no choice but to "flee from you" because of God's presence and authority in you. Ultimately how do we get the devil to flee from us? By giving God what He wants; our submission. God doesn't just want a measure of your time and attention- HE WANTS YOUR HEART. It's not thru politics that the white race can cause the jews and non-whites to flee from us. IT'S THRU GIVING GOD OUR SUBMISSION THRU LIFESTYLE CHRISTIANITY. What would it mean to know that the enemies of God are running away from you?! That yours is a life of power. The only acceptable way to submit to God is in humility by faith. THOSE WHO WILL REMAIN HUMBLE WILL ONE DAY HAVE A SOLID FAITH.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Doesn't it make sense that those who are the closest to God will receive what they want from Him? Therefore, the way to solidify our faith is to simply get as close to God as is possible in this life. Thru racial separation, we take responsibility for both our private and social interaction and involvement with His enemies, naturally bringing us closer to God. As a result, some may feel as if they have 'arrived'. James here says there is more.
To "Draw nigh" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #1448 which is to make near... approach. So how do you approach Someone Who is already closer than close, living inside of you? For this can't be speaking of God being somewhere out there and us having to reach somewhere else to be nearer to Him. We can draw nigh to Him NOW where we are, acknowledging and embracing His GREAT I AM presence and authority. We all know God is Omnipresent (He is everywhere), but in personal relation to us as individual Israelites, HIS MEETING PLACE IS IN YOU.
As you will see, this drawing nigh to God is practical yet paradigm-shifting and life-altering. James says, "Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded". Though there isn't some distance you must travel to draw nigh to Him, there are some things which stand between us and God, in spite of the fact that He is in you- in your heart and mind. Something pollutes our hands making us sinners who are missing the mark, no matter how hard we try. Something confuses our hearts to where we are not powerfully functioning in the way we were intended. There is something shielding us from fully approaching God. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU CAN REMOVE IT. There is no need for someone else to aid you in this cleansing and purification. The power to draw nigh to God and solidify your faith is in you.
Understand in this flesh, we'll never be sinlessly perfect. Yet there's a cleansing and a purification which can help us sin less and prevent us from always falling short of the glory of God, contained in this verse. To "Draw nigh to God" begins with a call to repent and separate from the world, as opposed to remaining at emnity with Him. This will become more evident as we continue. Our hands become 'dirty' when we put fleshly efforts toward trying to accomplish only what He can do in our lives. For the Spirit within tells us when we are trying to force things, going too far. We can no longer ignore the still small voice by refusing to draw nigh to Him. We've cleansed our hands when we know we've done all we are supposed to do in a situation. This is the first indication we are drawing closer unto God. This is an act of personal humility which will begin to solidify our faith.
Yet there is another aspect to this which removes what is between us and drawing even closer to God. For James continues his instruction for you to "purify your heart, ye double minded" which is a call to removing something less obvious but more rewarding if performed. This aspect involves how lifestyle Christianity and Identity Faith goes beyond the letter of the law to the Spirit of the law. This purification has to do with correcting impure motives of your heart or to stop being "double minded" which has led to our asking amiss.
James introduced this idea back in chapter 1, telling us, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." If this issue is so insignificant, why does he return to it, especially at such a critical point in this Epistle?! Anyone who assumes living by faith is periphial, or even optional, is double minded and hasn't fully drawn nigh unto God. For an Israelite to be pleasing to God he must live by faith. IN ORDER FOR HIS FAITH TO BE PURE, HE CAN NO LONGER BE DOUBLE MINDED. Do you just want to remain one who is racially awake yet not close to God and has very little power with Him? Or do you want to be a lifestyle Christian who is not only racially awake, but is closest to and has power with God?
James is showing that being double minded is what's holding us back from getting our prayers answered the way we want. As you well know, when we become racially awake our consciousness of God, ourselves, and everything around us changes in every way. As a result, things in most of our lives appear to become so much tougher as we try to carry what we perceive as such a heavy burden for our people. When we read where Christ said His yoke is easy and His burden is light, for instance, we can't help but scratch our heads in wonder, as it appears life has become so much harder and more burdensome. Is there a contradiction in the Scriptures? Of course not. IT IS THAT WE ARE STILL DOUBLE MINDED AND HAVE NOT DRAWN NIGH UNTO GOD.
Think about it, before we were racially awake, comparatively speaking, life seemed easier and not much really bothered us. Now that we see the world for what it really is, we do not want to compromise, as we are confronted with situations and decisions which threaten our very livelihood, both economically and physically. Where do we find the lifestyle which fits with this foundation of racial separation Christ has now laid in our lives? It is on the other side of this purification of our hearts; being transformed from one who is double-minded to one who is closest to God. CLEANSING OUR HANDS BY SEPARATING OURSELVES FROM THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, WE MUST PURIFY OUR HEARTS IN ORDER TO DRAW NIGH UNTO GOD.
No Christian can read the Bible without knowing we are supposed to live by faith. But because of us being double minded, we seem to find some reason or make some excuse to not hold on to trusting God, reverting right back to our old way of settling for what we have to do to 'survive'. IN SUCH A RACIALLY SENSITIVE CULTURE, YOU MAY BE DISCOVERING THE BEST YOU CAN DO STILL ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH BY THE WAY YOU ARE STRUGGLING IN THE PROCESS. 'We don't have quite the 'wiggle room' we once had, so we end up compromising because we are double minded and will not trust God.
What is being double minded? It's not being single minded, not keeping our eye on God; not being convinced or sure whether you can fully trust Him. YOU'VE KNOWN THAT GOD IS IN YOU, NOW CONVINCE YOURSELF YOU CAN TRUST HIM. THIS IS THE MISSING PIECE TO REMOVING THOSE HEAVY BURDENS.
The cleansing of our hands helps us to see the kingdom of God more clearly. But this purification of our hearts is receiving the wisdom to enter the kingdom and experience His bountiful blessings. We must be persuaded in our hearts however, that there is no other option but to put everything in our lives totally in His hands. We must purify ourselves of all our worries, doubts, fears, impure motives, and any jealousy.
The Apostle John said that faith is the victory that overcomes the world. So if you believe you have overcome the world racially, prove it by purifying your heart. THIS IS THE MOST WE CAN DO TO FULLY DRAW NIGH UNTO GOD. Free yourself from being double minded, no longer crumbling in fear, to where your heart can produce and maintain a pure faith. In order to purify your heart you must be wiling to do whatever it takes within yourself to begin entering the kingdom now.
James already told us to look at ourselves in the mirror of the perfect law of liberty. We have now seen our dirty hands and impure heart. STOP LOOKING FOR SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF AND RECOGNIZE GOD WANTS TO LIVE THRU YOU! CLEAN UP YOUR WAYS, PURIFY YOUR MOTIVES AND ATTITIUDE, WHILE EXPECTING GOD TO GIVE YOU RESULTS.
THIS CALL TO CLEANSE AND PURIFY YOURSELF IS GOD TELLING YOU TO GET OUT OF HIS WAY IN YOUR LIFE. What needs to be removed are all the fleshly, carnal egotistical aspects of our lives. He lives in you and you are the only one standing in His way of shining through. YOU EITHER BELIEVE IN HIM AND THAT HE LIVES IN YOU, OR YOU DON'T. If you do, determine what is preventing you from putting your full trust in Him. Only those who truly love Him will do whatever it takes to solidify their faith by drawing nigh to Him:
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Don't expect cleansing your hands and purifying your heart in this way to be a 'cake walk'. James is saying drawing nigh to God is to "Be afflicted". Yes, James says God loves and wants to bless us so much He is willing for us to go thru whatever it takes to solidify our faith in this incredible way. When we discover this distance within us from God, it should cause us to "mourn, and weep" as Christ taught in the Beattitudes. When you see all you once considered security and safety nets (which you previously constructed and trusted in your life) come crashing down around and beneath you, you realize they were nothing more than a worthless facade, keeping you from a more pure faith.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
When you get to this point all that is left is to worship your God. Worship is revelation and response. James sums up the only way to respond, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord". With our faces to the ground from which we came, all we can say is, "Oh Yahweh my Creator, my Father, make me what You want me to be." It is time for Israelites to surrender to Yahweh and see what He can do- and it starts with you. When a humble heart is full of faith, one day, something incredible will emerge from the ashes- "and he shall lift you up".
One thing is for certain, we can fool one another and even ourselves, but we can't fool God. Though we can determine our own desires and ask them of God, He is the One Who searches our hearts. Nothing is impossible with God, therefore we must be sure our motives are not what's preventing us from receiving what we want from Him. Though there may be other pure motives which are more personal, a main reason we should ultimately want God to do something for us is so that we might be more effective in doing something for Him. If you can say this is within your motivation without any inner conflict, you have solidified your faith.