Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up. ~James 4: 7-10
This is the message that reached out and grabbed my heart when reading James chapter 4. My heart’s desire is to live a life pleasing to Christ and in submission to His will. Listen to the words from the Message Bible.
So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the devil and watch him scamper. 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. Hit bottom and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. ~James 4: 7-10
My husband and I have been dealing with a situation that will impact the way we live. At a time when my heart has been expecting something big to happen, I did not expect it to be what we are dealing with.
Monday night, as hot tears fell against my husband’s chest and the desire to throw in the proverbial towel threatened to take over, Mike uttered two soul-filling words- “Let’s pray”.
So we did. I told God how I felt. I mourned and wailed. And, I got on my knees before my Master and we submitted the situation to the will of the One that was not taken by surprise.
As I laid my head on my pillow one of my favorite worship songs echoed in my mind:
“All of you is more than enough for all of me
for every thirst and every need, you satisfy me
with your love and all I have in You is more than enough”
My prayer as I drifted off to sleep was “You’re enough, You’re enough, You’re enough for me”.
That is what James 4: 7-10 is suggesting. Let Jesus be enough.
I had been considering joining some of my favorite gals in the 31 days series next month. I was hesitant because I didn’t have a topic in mind and we all know that me posting 31 days consecutively is optimistic.
But, as I laid there that night, the praise song my prayer, I asked God what He would have me write about for 31 days. And, James 4:8 came to me, followed by Psalm 51:10- Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
So, beginning Saturday I will be posting on 31 Days to a Clean Heart and hope you will join me on the journey to cutting through the clutter of the things in our hearts that hinder us from a closer relationship with God.
This post is linked to the James read along at Marla’s blog.