James 3:16 – 2 Corinthians 3:17

James 3:16
16
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

2 Corinthians 3:17
17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

-Notice the different spirits that can be at work around us and the results of those spirits.  In the presence of carnal emotions such as envy and strife, there can only be confusion and ungodliness.  God doesn’t have liberty to move in such an environment; not because He is limited, but rather because we have limited our ability to receive Him.  But if the Lord is able to show up and work; He brings liberty in abundance, God’s Word can be made real, and the Holy Ghost can bring conviction.  Confusion and evil works will only keep people in bondage, but if “if the [Lord Jesus Christ] shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

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