Sinful selfish ambition

Scripture reference

James 3:14–16 (ASV 1901)

14But if ye have bitter jealousy and faction in your heart, glory not and lie not against the truth. 15This wisdom is not a wisdom that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.

Stories

Arthur T. Pierson is confronted with the reality of how his ambition has dominated his earthly pursuits, which kept him from foreign missions. The Holy Spirit leads him to open confession, prayer, and deliverance.
A few days before leaving his homeland, Rees Howells listened to his pastor preach on Hebrews 12:1 and as though speaking specifically to him said “Young man, you may be leaving home, you may be going to a place where your parents will not see you; but remember, the cloud of witnesses and God will see you.” This word from the Lord became an encouragement for Mr . Howells when he faced temptation in the new place he traveled to!