by Pastor David Grey
“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.” — James 4:7-9
James issues this call to all believers, reminding us that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven we must strive to be rid of all vestiges of our old life in the world.
We have been born into a family headed by a holy Father and are expected to grow into sons and daughters whose character is the same. It is the essential family trait we are to desire and actively seek. We are called to be holy for He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). In order to do this, James says, we must first humble ourselves before God and then to resist the devil. How often instead do we find ourselves resisting Father, and yielding to the enemy?
Without this humbling of ourselves before God and personal effort to resist the temptations and snares of the enemy there can be no victorious life. But He has promised that if we will approach Him humbly, in the name of Jesus, by faith and prayer, we will find Him coming to meet us.