Losing the War

James 4:11-17

Last week we looked at the first ten verses of this chapter where James addresses three types of warfare in which all of us must do battle. We considered: Sensual warfare; Spiritual warfare; and Satanic warfare. All of these are very real in the lives of every believer, and often we become casualties. James also showed us the way to be victorious … by drawing nigh to God. James continues in the rest of this chapter to deal with the topic of warfare. Are we winning or losing? Just because James gives us the way to win the war, doesn't mean that we will do so. Remember, we must be doers of the Word and not hearers only. What happens if we lose the war? It isn't always easy to tell whether we are winning or losing. I believe that James gives us some evidences to clue us in to the fact that we are losing the war.

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

I. The Development of a Judgmental Spirit. v11-12

II. Evidence of a Presumptuous Spirit. v13-15

III. Evidence of a Boastful Spirit. v16

Are we winning the war? The sensual war, the spiritual war, and the satanic war? If these spirits or attitudes exist in our lives, we are not winning…we are losing miserably! What can we do? Draw nearer to God through His Word! Obey Him…do right.