033 Draw Near To God – James 4:7-8

by Dan Horner on January 6, 2013



Draw Near To God – This is the Language of Friendship

James, Jesus’ brother writes:

 “Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

James 4:7-8

I think sometimes we over complicate what it means to turn from our old lives and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

  • We worry about praying with the right words
  • We worry about doing the right things
  • We obsess about wearing the right clothes or eliminating the right things from our lives

Problem is:  we do these things in our own strength and define what is “right” using our own common sense.  This is misguided.

So what should we do?

James gives us a very practical answer. 

  1. Set God as Lord in your life.  Live under his Leadership, Guidance and Protection.
  2. Resist the Devil.  He will flee from you. 
  3. Draw near.  Spend time with God in Prayer and reading the Bible.

Can you think of any relationship you have which actually gets better even if you don’t spend time building your understanding of each other?  I can’t.  So why should our relationship with God be any different?  A mark of health is a longing to spend time with Him.

 In fact,  love for His Word,  love for His people and a desire to spend time with Him in prayer are all marks of someone who is growing in their relationship with Jesus.

If we expect to grow, we need to move towards Him.

Works every time!

If you want to memorize other Bible verses that will remind you of the daily nature of our walk with Jesus, check out each of these previous sessions of Memorize The Bible With Me.

 Thanks and have a great week!




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Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version ® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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