This month as we meditate on the book of James, try reading it through at least one time with this viewpoint:
Who do I serve? My Flesh or God?
Let me give you an example of what I mean.
2 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
3 You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
4 So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
If I am living for my flesh, trials and temptations or as the Message Bible calls them, tests and challenges are things to avoid. We want to get out of them. My flesh wants comfort, ease, and satisfaction. My flesh doesn’t like pressure, discipline, and training for maturity. My flesh likes the things of this world with no boundaries.
If I am living for God, I realize that every trial, test, temptation, challenge is an opportunity to show God, those around me, and myself really how much I am truly living for God.
The Bible is very clear that if I live for my flesh it will lead to death. But if I live for God I will experience life and peace. In this world that makes no sense. The world says if it feels good do it because that must be right.
As you read James and apply the viewpoint: Who do I serve? My Flesh or God. You will see that James is trying to teach us that denying our flesh and living for God will give us true life now and for eternity!