Study in James – Jas 4:5-8 The Spirit That Dwelleth in Us Lusteth to Envy

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Study in James – Jas 4:5-8 The Spirit That Dwelleth in Us Lusteth to Envy

Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

The spirit that dwells in us lusteth to envy. The spirit in us desires to be God with such intensity that it becomes an evil desire against God. That spirit is revealed in verse 7 “Resist the devil”. He just told us that the spirit in us is the devil’s spirit. What does it mean to have the spirit of the devil? A lot of who the devil is and how he thinks, and was created to think, is shown in the temptation of Jesus Christ’s flesh in the wilderness. All that occurred in that exchange will show us about the devil, about Christ and about us, for we are both. This battle is inward and the place where this exchange happens is inward and it is daily.

Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Jesus was LED UP of the Spirit to be tempted. Daily we are led up to be tempted for the purpose of being TEMPERED, made suitable for the war. We cannot know how to fight a war unless we are trained to fight a war. We can all identify with the fact that the literal military units of the earth train daily for a war. So we are trained by the Spirit of God to fight the war in our heavens. Being tempted is the same principle of tempering metal. The metal is put into a fire to LOOSEN the molecules, to make the metal soft for shaping. Then it is pounded into shape, heated over and over again until the metal takes shape. Then it is cooled and the molecules tighten again and the metal is made harder. Every time it is heated and then cooled it becomes harder. Thus we are tempted, and by being tempted we are being tempered. The wilderness is the tempering pot, the place where we are led. It is there in the wilderness of our minds that we are tried. Outwardly, the elect are in the world, and the world is a wilderness to us. It is a place where we are led to be molten and hammered into the shape that God desires. Our flesh is the molding pot that houses our minds. Our flesh desires to be like everyone else we see with our natural eyes. But God has another purpose in His plans for us. We are being seperated from the world, literally, and from the world of our mind’s fleshly lusts.

Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterward hungered.

The fasting is the being separated from God’s word. We are led up in times of dryness, where it seems we are not being fed from God’s word. We study, we read, yet it seems we are not getting anywhere, though we are hungry for God’s word. It is in this place of hunger that the Devil comes to us. He comes to us offering food – worldly food – books by Babylonian teachers that seem to have the answer to our problems. Yet Christ in us says, “man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds out of THE MOUTH OF GOD.” The mouth of God, not the mouth of men. The testing doesn’t come until the forty days have been completed. The number 4 equals the whole, and 10 equals complete, both together equal the whole of the flesh – a time when God has brought the flesh to its whole complete weakness. It is here in this place of being completely dissolved of anything of ourselves that we are tried. It is here that God begins His tempering process. It is here the spirit in us lusts to envy against God.

Mat 4:3 And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The scriptures that The LORD quoted were from Deu 8:3. When we look at these verses, we can correlate them to this trial the LORD literally went through and which we go through.

Deu 8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.
Deu 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Deu 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

God did not do this so that HE would know what was in our hearts, but that WE would know what was in our hearts. He created what we are so He didn’t need to find out what was in our hearts, but so that we could know what was in our hearts. We were fed with the manna of fire. The trials we go through are to show us the envy in our hearts toward Him. The manna is small bits of truth, but not the whole truth. The small bits of manna actually cause us to go on, but it’s as though we are chasing an apparition. As we go on, we become more bitter and envious toward God. But all of it – the chasing, the bitterness, the wilderness, and the envying – is from God because it is all THE WORDS THAT ARE PROCEEDING OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD. It is to mold us into new creations that see that every aspect, every word, every second of every minute of our lives are the words proceeding out of the mouth of God as He reads our books. We are being tempered into vessels made for the master’s use (2Ti 2:21).

Mat 4:5 Then the devil taketh him into the holy city; and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple,

It’s amazing to see what the religions of the world don’t tell us; the devil is in the holy city and ON TOP OF THE PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE IN THE CITY. The envying spirit of the devil in us, takes our minds to the top of our temple and says, “You are in control of your destiny, cast yourself down and do what ever you want, you are released from the law, you are being born up by the messages/bread of the stones, ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED. You are not going to be judged for whatever you do because you are are on the pinnacle of your temple, the world revolves around you.”

Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

And then the answer to this envious spirit:

Mat 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

But the envious spirit doesn’t stop there.

Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

If being on the pinnacle of the temple is not enough, then being on top of the power of the whole world and all its kingdoms in us is certainly what we want. All we have to do is espouse to a worldly doctrine of self-help and self-building to make ourselves lord of all. In doing this, we are worshipping at the feet of the devil himself.

Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Mat 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

“Then the devil leaveth Him” sounds alot like:

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Submitting to God is knowing that no matter my wilderness, no matter how sour the manna has become, no matter how good things are or evil things are, they all come from the mouth of God, being read into existence out of our books.

Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Our works inside us are opened, spoken into existence, and we are judged to walk these words as they proceeed from the mouth of God. We are judged in the wilderness where we are shown what’s in our hearts.

Psa 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Psa 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
Psa 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Psa 139:10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
Psa 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Psa 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psa 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

It says it right: “SUCH KNOWLEDGE IS TOO WONDERFUL FOR ME; IT IS HIGH, I CANNOT ATTAIN UNTO IT.” Those words are so true to me. As I struggle within myself and physically in this world with all its temptations, to understand He has ordained it all for my good, it is too wonderful for me to understand. The books of our dead understanding are being read into existence and judging everything that is dead in understanding of God in our lake of fire. This lake of fire is where we are tempered and made strong and where we become living spirits in the fire, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Our understanding of God is enlightened by God, and we begin to come out of the wilderness to walk our earth for 33 years preaching the gospel of good news to all the dead in our lands. In Genesis 1 it explains this dead or darkened state in which God made us.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

In our beginning, God created our heavens and our earth WITHOUT FORMH8414, VOIDH922 and with DARKNESSH2822 upon the face of our deep. We come into this world created without knowledge of God, without understanding of God. We trust in ourselves and our DEEP. We know from Revelation 17:1 and 15 that the deep (H8415) in Gen 1:2 means the Abyss, surging mass of water, which according to Rev 17:15 represents:

“The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”

These peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues are the way we use religions and doctrines and lean to our own human understanding. They represent the face of our deep. But then God says to the elect:

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

This is where He begins to give us understanding, and then later He says:

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

He creates Christ and His wife and puts them into our earth, and they begin to be fruitful, to multiply and replenish the earth that was in darkness, without light and without form. This earth does not then lean to its own understanding and be doubleminded, go back into darkness and be without form. This symbolism is needed for us to see that when James speaks of ‘cleansing your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts, you doubleminded’ he is speaking of us trusting to ourselves again. The darkened earth does not trust to itself for the light it did not create. The darkened earth was without form because it was in darkness. If God draws us near to Himself, the devil will flee from us in these devilish doctrines of darkened understanding. He teaches us to deny our fleshly devilish understanding. He teaches us not be double-minded, He gives us the strength to continue, He teaches us to resist the proud pinnacle of the temple and control of our worlds, and with all this, the devil flees from us for a season, only to return to do it all over again. But with each tempering we become stronger, sharper and more humble before our Creator and Author of our book.

Luk 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

We learned that to be double-minded in James 1:8 is to trust in ourselves and at the same time saying we are trusting in God. It is being double-minded to pray to God and then lean upon your understanding to overcome what you think is a trial you’ve made of yourself. So here in James 4 the lesson is the same. Do not be double-minded or forked tongue and say you believe in the Sovereign hand of God but do not believe scripture where it says that all things were created by Him, for Him and by Him all things consist, good or evil.

Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

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

We cannot say that God is in total control of all things, that He is good and just to all and then say that He does not also create evil. The storms in Texas, the wicked leaders of the world like in North Korea, are all created by God, for God and they consist BY GOD. God is the Creator of all these things and for our ultimate good did He make them. I fell, my leg was in tremendous pain and all I could say was, “It’s of You, my LORD”. I was too scared to think anything else but tell my wife to get out a prayer request. I may never in this life know the full reason for this injury by our LORD, but may He have mercy on me to not be double-minded on Who did it. He is LORD of all whether we believe it or not. Our belief does not make HIM true, HIS truth makes us believe.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

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