What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us ? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:1-7 ESV)
There is a war we fight every day. We fight a war with ourselves, about who we are, what we want, what we need, if we are where we want to be…
James is telling us that all of our quarreling comes from our own inner turmoil. We desire things and because we do not have them and others around us do, we do what we have to to get it.
But do you not realize that God will give you everything you need if you will only hand your life over to Him? Submit yourself to God and every good thing He has for you will be yours. Resist the evil that leads us to give into our inner desire for fame and glory, and the Devil will flee from you.
Do not submit to the war inside, but turn to God and allow Him to have control, so your life will be what He has planned for you.