Goodness Helps Us Understand God’s Authority

Daily God Walk for Monday, September 28, 2009

 The Spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely… That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 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. – James 4:5-7

 There is so much said in this chapter of James that we could take a month of devotions to cover it all. I’m going to try to summarize the thoughts in just a few paragraphs.

He addresses the tension that is among believers produced by each one trying to have things their own way. He basically says that they fight among themselves and only pray to gain more things to satisfy their cravings.

James speaks some pretty harsh words about the folks he was addressing and sums it up with, “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the word becomes an enemy of God.” That’s very strong language. I wonder how that would go over in churches today.

I can’t say it any better than The Message, so here is how it reads:

“You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”

 If we can learn the lesson that “The Spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely” we will pursue him with passion. It is with these things in mind that James writes, “Submit yourselves then to God.” The Spirit in us desires the way of God and calls us to surrender our will and our way to him.

 Principle: The Spirit in us calls us to surrender our will and our way to him.

Affirmation: Because surrender to his will because it is the source of life.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to see beyond my own desires to your will and your way. Help me surrender my all to you so that your goodness lives through me. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 136 – Jeremiah 45-46 – 2 Timothy 3 – Proverbs 28

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