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2 Ye lust [epithumeo], and [kai] have [echo] not [ou]: ye kill [phoneuo], and [kai] desire to have [zeloo], and
[kai] cannot [ou][dunamai] obtain [epitugchano]: ye fight [machomai] and [kai] war [polemeo], yet [de] ye have [echo] not [ou], because [dia] ye [humas] ask [aiteo] not [me].KJV-Interlinear
2 You lust and do not have; so
you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and
quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.NASB
Mankind will lust for things, desire things, even
commit murder in order to get the things he wants.And this ultimate sin, murder, is often used
to justify an objective of getting something or establishing a belief in
something, which things are falsehoods or temporary anyway.
Humanity will take life which is eternal, in order to
obtain something that is temporary or false.Mankind will commit sin, prejudice, deceit, hatred, gossip, and so forth
and in so doing exchange his eternal destiny for something that is temporary in
Esau exchanged his birthright, his entire inheritance,
for a single meal.Was that a smart
trade?No.But then he never intended to keep his end of
the bargain.He intended to cheat Jacob
out of both the meal and the inheritance.
And no one can fool God and have life both ways.
So you repeatedly do things over and over again, and
get the same results - nothing.And you
get these poor results, you do not get what you expect to get, you are never
satisfied, because the sin nature is incapable of providing what you want, and
you do not look to God in the correct way, in order to get what you want.
And when you do ask, you ask for illegitimate things,
or you want illegitimate desires fulfilled, or your whole pattern of life is
based on the priorities of the sin nature.
Whether you want passion or power, wealth or food,
something personal or something public, or whatever, when its source is based
in the sin nature, then the only results you can get, are false or poor
Seeking provision from the sin nature produces dissatisfaction,
never fulfillment. There will never be enough of whatever it is you want or
need.Sooner or later, your attitude will
resort to greater sins, even murder, even as you murder (ruin) your own destiny
(life), in stubbornness, without having a second thought about it.
And who drives your attitude?You do.You are your own worst enemy and you are the only one who drives and
drives and refuses to relent on your sin nature driven attitude or pattern of
Whether you are destitute or a billionaire, when
operating in the clutches of your sin nature, you will never have fulfillment
in life. You have only the delusion of what the world provides you with
temporarily, or the perpetual frustration of never succeeding in life, or the
constant agitation of facing problems in life.
And as James teaches us here, all of these inabilities
lead to blame and strife, and discontent or even violence against others.And all of these and aggravations are due to
your refusal to approach God in the right way.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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