“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:7-10
Our biggest problem today is we have let the world come between us and God. We have allowed the world to come into our churches. Too many churches are no more than social clubs. We have too many celebrities in our churches and not enough servants. Christian workers are promoted so much that there is very little place left for God’s glory. We have nothing in ourselves to be proud of. If we see God moving in our lives or in a church, it has nothing to do with us, it has everything to do with God. I see too many church celebrities telling everyone how great they are and not enough about how great our God is.
There are three enemies that take us away from God; the world, the flesh, and Satan. James gives us instructions to follow if we want victory over the enemies of God. We must submit to God. Unconditional surrender is the only way to complete victory. If there is any area of your life that is helt back from God, there will always be battles. We must draw near to God. How do we do this? By confessing our sins and asking for His cleaning. God graciously draws near to us when we deal with sin in our lives. The sin in our lives keeps God at a distance. He will not share us with anything else. He must have complete control. If we are going to have victory, we must humble ourselves before God. “You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (Psalm 55:16-17) If we can just obey these three instructions, then God will draw near to us, cleanse us, and forgive us and the wars will end. We will not be at war with God, so we will not be at war with ourselves. This means that you will not be at war with others. Then God will become the Prince of Peace in your life.
Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7