that the Holy Spirit,whom God has placed within us,
jealously longs for us to be faithful?
He gives us more and more strength
to stand against such evil desires.
As the Scriptures say,
"God sets himself against the proud,
but he shows favor to the humble."
So humble yourselves before God.
Resist the Devil,
and he will flee from you.
Draw close to God,
and God will draw close to you.
Wash your hands, you sinners;
purify your hearts, you hypocrites.
Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done.
Let there be sorrow and deep grief.
Let there be sadness instead of laughter,
and gloom instead of joy.
When you bow down before the Lord
and admit your dependence on him,
he will lift you up and give you honor.
James 4: 5-10 NLT
I must admit that as I begin to study this section of James my heart trembles. God has clearly given me verse 8 as this years verse, and I wonder what the year will bring.
In just these few short verses I see areas such as deep sorrow over sin, confession, pride, humility, hypocrisy, resisting temptation, faithfulness, and total dependence on God. Am I really ready to allow God to work in these areas of my life,my heart?
It's day three of the new year and already I've sat before the Lord this morning in tears, sobbing. While I can't go into details of what brought on the tears I can tell you that already God is showing me areas where I need to apply more grace, humility, and total dependence on God. I need to be sensitive to others, I need to allow God to work in me and stop fighting those areas that are so hard to let go of.
I need to submit to the will of God for my life. I need to embrace God.