Saturday, March 10, 2012

Digging In

“Submit therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:7-10)
Man, when God show that to me a month or two ago, it hit me like a brick.  The simplicity of it is beautiful.  If we want to dig in and draw closer to God, this is what we need to do.  We need to submit ourselves to God.  We need to treat Him as Lord and Savior of our lives.  Mere lip service is inadequate.  It’s nowhere near enough.
We need to resist the devil.  Whenever he puts some temptation into our mind, when he tries to get us to fall, to stumble, to sin, we need to resist it.  Don’t entertain any “what-if” thoughts.  We need to take that thought captive and throw it out of our mind.  We have God on our side, and the devil is afraid of God’s power.  If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.  It’s really that simple.  If you’re going through a dry spell, if you want to dig deep in your walk with God, then draw near to Him.  He will draw near to you.
But as a part of digging in and drawing near to Him, we need to cleanse ourselves.  We need to purify ourselves.  God will definitely help, but I truly believe that as a part of drawing nearer to Him, we need to initiate that process.  And part of that does involve us being miserable, mourning, and weeping, as James put it.  Part of that does involve our laughter turning into mourning and our joy turning into gloom.  Why is that?  It’s because it’s all a part of the process of repentance and humbling ourselves.

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