Deo Valente: “Over to you Lord"
Scripture: James 4
1. Passionate lusts lead to internal and external conflicts. May kill literally and spiritually.
Societies and individuals want what they do not have. Some willing to kill to get their way. Coveting addressed early in the Bible. Wars come when nations covet. Individual passions create fights deep within us and can lead to spiritual death.
2. The ultimate battle is between love for the world or love for God.
“Adulterers do you not know that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God.” God will not tolerate unfaithfulness. Lusting passions have no power in the face of crisis or pain. Love for the world is doom, God is our help in crisis.
3. The solution to spiritual warfare is to return to God’s grace.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Loving the world and God is double-mindedness, need to repent. Everything in Scripture says, “God yearns jealously for us.” Don’t be defeated by evil. God is zealous for us to mature.
4. Need to relearn two words from ancient church: Deo Valente: God willing.
If the Lord wills we shall. Arrogant to assume we are in control. Life is a mist...short. Nothing wrong in wanting to live a long life. We should give thanks for yesterday and hope for tomorrow. Saying I will live my mist fully for God -- Deo Valente. “Over to you Lord,” Reynolds Price said.