Study In James – Jas 3:18 The Fruit of Righteousness Is Sown In Peace

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Jas 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace

The fruits of righteousness of which the above verse is speaking are “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal 5:22). It is knowing that “all things work together for good to them love God” (Rom 8:28). But if we do not love God but love ourselves above God, which we all do from birth, then we will have the following reaction of which James speaks. These lusts are the lusts inside each of us to be God. In every single aspect of life we want control, and we want our righteousness to be acknowledged as OURS. We need, we desire, and we lust to be praised for something, for anything that will puff the flesh up as an individual.

Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

In James 3:11 and 12 we went over the fact that we are the fountain that brings forth bitter water. We also know that the water represents the word, but this bitter water is the bitterness of the way we see the word of God. It is the way we explain the word of God to others or the way we explain God to others. It is bitter because it is not drinkable. It cannot quench the spiritual thirst of the person because it is bitter. It is why 68% of the earth is covered by salt water; bitter, undrinkable water. And our physical bodies contains up to 65% water.

The physical earth’s drinkable water is only 3%. This bitter water is full of cursing. We know from chapter two that a fountain cannot bring forth cursing and blessings, or both sweet water and bitter water. The word of God tells us that God has revealed Himself to us through the things that are made.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

So if the earth is almost 70% bitter water, we can safely say that 70 is 7 x 10, and it is God’s way of revealing to us the complete earth must be crushed. Also only 3% of the earth will be crushed from the resurrection of Christ and bring forth sweet water. All of this is being pointed out to say what James 4:1 is saying. It is a continual thought that has proceeded from chapter three. However this bitter water can be MADE SWEET; this same water that was once bitter to us can be made sweet. How? Because something can be put into the water to change it from bitter to sweet. It is the same WELL, it is the same LUMP

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

This is the principle that God uses. Out of the same well He can make bitter water or sweet water. From the same lump he can make one vessel to honour and one to dishonour.

James gets this type and figure from the well of Marah in Exodus 15:23-27.

Exo 15:23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
Exo 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
Exo 15:25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
Exo 15:27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

It says that when they came to Marah, they couldn’t drink of the water for THEY WERE BITTER. I realize it is speaking of the water itself, but it is also speaking of what the people were. They were bitter against God. They would have rather stayed in bondage to the Egyptians than walk in the wilderness with God. The waters we drink is the way we perceive the word of God. It is how we look at God and His wilderness journey of which we all must walk. It is an inward well and out of it proceeds, from our little member the tongue, either bitterness or sweetness. And when we see that all comes from God, is for God and consists by God (Col 1:16), it is as when the tree was put in the water to make them sweet. The tree is a symbol of something that God has created, not us, therefore only God can make something sweet or bitter.

The tree represents the cross made from a tree that we must all carry, it is bitter to the natural man but sweet to the new man. It is still the same well, we have just been given eyes to see the truth of the source of the water. It is not that all of a sudden the natural man gets an epiphany of his plight and comes to a change of heart. That’s what Babylon teaches. No, the natural man cannot receive the things of God, for they foolishness to him.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The natural man – the bitter well – must cease to be. He must die BEFORE the new man can begin to be recreated in the image of Christ, the second Adam. Once the new man is born again, not of flesh and blood (the natural man), but of the water and Spirit (the new man), he can then enter the kingdom of God WITHIN HIMSELF, where God resides. Entering the kingdom of God is understanding spiritual things from fleshly things, and he (the new man) who is spiritual judges all things within himself.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

In verses 4:1 James is explaining that as the literal Israelites warred with the nations within their borders, so we are warring against the nations within the old man. These wars and fightings come from the lust of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites within us. But these nations are just parables, symbols of something spiritual that the new man has encountered now that he is crossing the Jordan. The promised land is within, it is the kingdom of God within us.

When the enemies of the LUSTITES of the flesh come against us, we do not go to battle with natural man’s strength. No, we are to battle them by knowing that they are sent against us so that we can learn to turn this battle over to the ONE WHO sent it – God. Their god is their belly, and all that the flesh desires is in the flesh. These nations within us were formed by God for their day of evil. It is evil to the old man but good for the molding of the new man.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

These wars and fightings that are “among” us are “inward” in the Elect of God. We are struggling, fighting daily, dying daily to the lusts of the old man, the religious man. Recently a friend of mine lied to me. When I found out he lied to me, I became very bitter toward him. I did not go to him as scripture teaches me to do. Instead I waited for him to come to me to tell me the truth and apologize. But after a few days my bitterness got worse. I grew more angry and more bitter, thinking “how could they lie to me?”

However, the LORD rebuked my self-righteous old man that was causing the wars and fightings within me. I was taken to scripture where the LORD says in Mat 18:15 if a brother trespass against me, I am the one to go to them and tell them their fault, not the other way around. My religious self-righteous man was looking for an apology so he could be puffed up more. This whole war and fighting came from within me, not the other party. God used them to show me that my old man was warring against my new man. Our old man is always lusting AGAINST GOD.

Tit 3:3 ForG1063 we ourselvesG2249 alsoG2532 wereG2258 [G5713] G453 sometimesG4218 foolishG453, disobedientG545, deceivedG4105 [G5746], servingG1398 [G5723] diversG4164 lustsG1939 andG2532 pleasuresG2237, livingG1236 [G5723] inG1722 maliceG2549 andG2532 envyG5355, hatefulG4767, and hatingG3404 [G5723] one anotherG240.

I point this verse out to show that the word that King James used as ‘lust’ in James 4:1 (G2237) and 4:2 (G1937) have actually different meanings. The word seems to bring out the meaning more with the word pleasure. We pleasure ourselves with the things of the world. We pleasure our flesh. This word is brought out clearly in Luke and the parable of the sower and the seed.

Luk 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasuresG2237 of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

So this word ‘lust’ in 4:1 needs to be seen as a pleasure of the things of this world; a pleasure of anything that draws our minds away from the Spirit to the flesh. This is a spiritual war that goes on inside us, but we naturally think of it as a fleshly war.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

These principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places ARE INSIDE US. Remember last week we learned that Satan and his followers’ place was not found anymore in heaven in Rev 12:8? This place is in our minds and heart. His followers are his doctrines, his spiritual dark words that keep our minds focused on the flesh. So my natural mind says, “why would God create Satan to hurt His people or keep them from Him?” I look at Satan as a coyote or a wolf.

In nature, the coyote is a very important part of the order of things. Without the coyote there would be no rabbits, no deer and no squirrels. The coyote keeps them thinned down. Too many rabbits, deer or squirrels and the wilds end up with diseased herds. The diseases run rampant and end up killing off what we call the good animals. How does this relate to Satan? There are verses that God has put in His word to bring this out.

Exo 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

Exo 23:29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.
Exo 23:30 By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.

What place is He speaking of as this land? It’s inward; it’s our hearts and minds where Satan and his angels were removed. However, this war in the heavens is an everyday, minute by minute war. God created Satan to prove us. He is used to be part of the molding process.

As the coyote thins the deer herds to keep the population HEALTHY, so God uses Satan to try us to keep us HEALTHY in looking to our ANGEL Who is bringing us into the PLACE He has prepared for us. He does not drive Satan out once and then the war is over and we prance around on a rock in space called heaven. It is an everyday battle that gives us the victory “little by little” so that The Beast, our flesh, does not get the big head and sin against God.

We sin against God by thinking we are the ones that get the victory because of the flesh. The place is already prepared, the land has been cultivated, the seed planted, the wheat is on the stalk, and we do nothing but eat with the spiritual mouths PREPARED for us to eat with by God. If we claim anything, then we are allowing the people of the land to dwell among us, and we are serving their gods. We do this, we did do this, and we will do this. And again this is the everyday process of Satan falling from our heavens.

Exo 23:29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.
Exo 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

And this place is the same place, the same HIGH PLACE, spoken of in Mat 24:15 and the place from which Satan and his angels are evicted.

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Little by little we see a different HIGH PLACE where Satan is seated. Little by little we see it by God revealing where Satan has sat in different high places in our hearts. One day we think we are all cleaned up, and the next we are shown that Satan is seated in another part of our heavens, and he must be dethroned. As the Israelites took each kingdom, one at a time, so it is the same within our own lands. It is an every day battle to conquer the beast, the son of the Devil, the man of sin that dwells within us.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

As the next verse explains, we set our hearts on the things of God to have our life go the way we desire. And this word is in the present tense (G5719), which means it’s always happening. This is not just something we have done in the past, it is something we DO, it is an is, was, will be statement. Until we draw our last physical breath we will complain about the leaders God has put into office, we will complain about the laws of the land, we will complain about our families, we will complain about jobs, and we will complain about whatever we see naturally as not pleasing to the flesh. This is the lust that WARS inside us and that brings about the battles we must suffer to bring down the beasts and kill him.

Jas 4:2 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.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

I desire to have my life go the way I believe it should go, and I pray for things to go my way. Yet God is not moved by my prayers. They go no higher than the ceilings of my home, because I ask so that I may consume the things I am asking for on my flesh. Flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God. I desire my time to be spent on me, on my flesh. I want every moment to be pleasurable for me as a human being, not as a new man who must die to himself by carrying his cross of death. This is the plight of every person who has every drawn breath on this earth.

What does asking amiss mean? The word “amiss” comes from the Greek word, “kakosG2560. It is found in the new testament 16 times. 8 times it’s translated “sick”, diseased-2 , evil-2, grievously-1, miserably-1, sore-1 and amiss 1 time. So you can see that “sick” is used more times to describe what “kakos” means. Having said that let’s look at how it is used in other verses.

Mat 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

By His word Christ in us casts out the spiritually sick doctrines that we use to pray to Him. Remember, even the devils believe and tremble. We are sick with false doctrines of devils that have led us down the most comfortable place for the flesh. As the Pharisees that stood on corners and prayed long elaborate prayers for show, they were sick with false doctrines.

Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

I am that HYPOCRITE. My old man loves attention and to have people think I’m religious. The new man is to go inside, in his temple, shut his mouth (shut the door), and pray in his heaven, where the Father sets on his throne. But as James says, we don’t want that, we don’t desire that humility. We opened mouthed boldly as though God OWES us what we are asking because we’ve been GOOD. So God, Who sees this inside us, must send the ‘lustites’ to war against us, to humble and break that adultering person. This is why the false doctrine of an angelic tongue is so luring to our weak flesh. If I can jabber a bunch of incoherent babbling, it impresses those around me that I have the spirit of God. Yet these vain babblings are just more nails in my old man’s coffin.

Jas 4:4 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.
Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

The world of which he is speaking is the world of the old man, the spirit of the man of sin that earnestly deires to, longs to, intensely craves, to take the credit for all that we are and all that we have been. When the word “I” comes out of our mouths first, in almost any sentence, it is the little tongue showing the heart of the beast and making friends with his world. When we are shown these worldly friendships inside us, the things we like about ourselves, and what man ever hated his own flesh (Eph 5:29), we are then brought to hate this friendship of the world. I am shown that when I make friendships with these worlds inside me I am lusting against the authority of God and serving another god.

Exo 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
Exo 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

This is the Old Testament version of an outward commandment that we are to see inwardly about ourselves and the nations that live within us. The covenant is making friendships, and the sinning against God is the lusting to envy against Him.

Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

The spirit that DWELLETH IN US lusteth (G1971) to envy (G5355 – jealousy). This verse must be broken down word by word to understand the hidden gold.

Dwell – G2730-From G2596 and G3611; to house permanently, that is, reside (literally or figuratively): – dwell (-er), inhabitant (-ter).

LUST – G1971-From G1909 and ποθέω potheō (to yearn); to dote upon, that is, intensely crave possession (lawfully or wrongfully): – (earnestly) desire (greatly), (greatly) long (after), lust.

Envy -G5355- Probably akin to the base of G5351; ill will (as detraction), that is, jealousy (spite): – envy.

There is a spirit that is housed permanently in us that wrongfully (according to the law of God) has a jealous desire against God’s sovereignty. There is a spirit, a false doctrine, in us that has a jealousy that desires to be God, that dwells permanently in us. This is shown in the following scriptures;

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits (false doctrines) more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

This verse describes how all the false doctrines in us cannot get relief from man’s doctrines because they are dry places – EARTH – even if we think we have been freed from sins of the flesh, a clean house, swept and garnished. From there we bring in seven other doctrines that complete the envying against God that we desire so much. The desire, the jealousy, we have against God is so permanent against God that we must contend with it until we draw our last breath. We believe that we have cleansed our own temple.

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