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. (James 4:7,8 NIV)
What can wash our sins away? Nothing, except Jesus’s blood. One sign of a completed job- washed hands. Can we help someone, not willing to help themselves? Walk away answering…no? Never give up praying for someone. Decide to serve God, even if in inner circle, we’re the only one. We’re never alone, God is always with us. Are you willing to get your hands dirty? Spend hard time working through issues- even those we deny.
Sin is derived from the devil as salvation is through Christ. Our flesh is drawn to sin. Yet, our help comes from the Lord. Weigh out odds- one hand holds bondage with eternity in hell compared to other hand holding freedom in Christ with eternal life in Heaven. Simple choice made easy through Jesus Christ, ultimate sacrifice. On the cross, Jesus covered all our sins, by His blood. As we resist the devil, he must flee. Speak to him authoritatively. We speak to him through Christ’s authority. It’s part of our inheritance.
Double-minded will catch many off guard. Applying God’s Word here, conveniently dismissing God’s Word there, is double-minded. James urges us to wash our hands and purify our hearts. Our hearts sure have a tough time- believe not believe, trust not trust, and know vs. doubt. How do we know for sure? Read God’s Word, The Bible, for ourselves. It is truth that will set us free.
My oldest’s favorite childhood toy, a Power Ranger toy with chewed hands. Finding this toy as I decluttered, forced tears from this sentimental mother. Christ reminded me, His love for us was compared to my beaming heart. I marveled taking a little boy chewing on his power ranger hand to a matured young man. I stand in awe, how God loves us. He takes our immaturity and develops maturity reflecting Him. Our view of mankind changes. Our vision is now capable of seeing hurts and pain in others, as Christ sees them. He is full of mercy and love, willing to come near as we draw near to Him.
Motivating Monday! A sweet time reflecting God’s provisions. Just like the song says- He is the potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me, this is what I pray. Change our hearts, dear Jesus, may we give our lives to the Potter’s hand.