Monday, January 18: Submit yourselves, then, to God

Read James 4:7-12


Read James 4:7-12

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. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?



Submit and resist—James uses these two powerful verbs to cut to the heart of the fundamental responsibility we each have to choose to live our lives in a vibrant, personal relationship with God. He also provides practical examples of how such deliberate submission and resistance will powerfully affect the attitudes we have toward others.


Very honestly, in what part of your life do you find submitting to God the most difficult? What's the hardest kind of temptation for you to resist? The assurance we have is God's promise that he will give us what we need in both areas. All we have to do is ask.


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