Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
Read James 4:4-10
Why did James refer to the people in verse 4 as an adulterous people (vs. 4)?
What is the first command we get in verse 7?
What happens when we resist the devil (vs. 7)?
What do we need to do so that God will come near to us (vs. 8)?
What is it going to take to come to God (vs. 10)?
Apply God’s Word to your life:
· Evaluate your life before God – in what situations are you a friend of the world?
· What do you need to do to draw close to God?
· Take some time to submit your will to God’s will. What changes will that require of you?
· How and when do you struggle with humility? Ask God to show you how to serve others like Jesus did.
Father, I praise You for being good, loving, kind and just. Forgive me for all the times I have relied on my strength and sought to be the center of attention. Teach me how to humble myself and rely on Your strength to resist the devil. Help me to serve others like Jesus did. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:8
"Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you." I Peter 5:5-6
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-2
Posted on Wed, February 3, 2016
by Sam Petitfils