Wisdom for each day:
Monday: We have as much of God as we want..
James writes a wonderful truth when he writes “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” There is a wonderful mutuality to the level of intimacy that we experience with God. Here James gives us a wonderful promise that if we come towards God, then God to will come towards God. In other words we can have as much of God as we want. In what ways might you come near to God today?
Tuesday: Submit yourselves then to God.
We can often think that the christian life is just about obedience and it is a part of it. But in actual fact obedience springs from something more important, it flows from surrender. The first step we take to living obediently is to surrender our wants, will, and desires to God’s wants, will and desires. He really is after our whole heart. He doesn’t want hollow obedience, he wants heart surrender. Is there a part of your heart that you are withholding from God today? What would it mean for you to surrender it to Him?
Wednesday: Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
The devil is real and he will seek to lure us away from God. Our enemy is seeking to devour us. However the truth is that because of Christ, the devil has no power over us. We are able to resist him and when we do James writes he will run away. How do we resist the devil then? Firstly, it is by being aware of his activity in the world and what it looks like. Secondly, we do what Jesus did, and resist Him with the truth of God’s word. Thirdly, we can tell him to go away from us and he will obey because in actual fact the devil is afraid of us for we carry within us the spirit of Christ.
Thursday: Wash your hands.
James writes “wash you hands, Oh you sinners!” and here he is referring to our conduct in the world. The idea is to attempt to keep our hands clean from anything that does not resemble God’s intentions for the way we ought to live in the world. But when we do fail and the truth is we will fail, we can repent of it and God will wash our hands clean again. This is the wonder of His grace – that he is continually helping us, lifting us, and restoring us into a life of service for Him. Is there
anything that you need to wash your hands of today?
Friday: Purify your hearts.When James talks about purifying our hearts, he is referring to our hearts intentions and motivations. We live our lives with intentions. Even if those intentions are unintentional or not well thought out. God would have us live intentionally for Him, and this intention should line up with the greatest commandment as Jesus gave us, “to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind….And love your neighbour as yourself.” Hence motivated by His incredible love for us we strive to love Him with our entire being and to the world His incredible love. What are your intentions for you life today?
Saturday: Grieve, mourn and wail.
When was the last time your wept over your sin? James unpacks that true repentance involves true remorse which shows itself through grieving, mourning and wailing. We weep because we understand that when we sin it breaks God’s heart, and it negatively affects our intimacy with Him. Sin is not something to trifle with. Unfortunately many people weep about their sin, not because they have offended God but rather because they have been caught in their sin and have to suffer the consequences. True repentance understands that when we sin we have offended God and that it is to HIm to we direct our request for forgiveness + restoration into His presence. Is the Holy Spirit bringing conviction over a particular sin in your life? What would it look like to repent and receive God’s grace + forgiveness?