James 4:7,8[ESV] Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:7,8 [Message] 7 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. 8 Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field.
As I turn to God’s Word, I ask Him what would you have me see, what would you have me do, what would you have me share?
And what jumps out at me in these few verses is; “ Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” There is just no better way to do that than to read the Bible.
Read! This coming year members of our church are going to embark on the challenge of Reading through the Bible in a year.
Why? James 4:8a Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Why? 2 Timothy 2:15 [KJV] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Why? Joshua 1:8 [ESV] Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
Your grace has brought me to You. My obedience keeps you near. Not a “have to” obedience, but rather a “want to” obedience.
So allow me to live out James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. By the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ Jesus.