8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you (James 4:8-10)
How many things are we to do from the above passage?
What will the results be of drawing near to God?
A) It’s to late
B) He wont notice
C) He will draw near to us
“Draw near to God” and “he will draw near to you.” What are you drawing near to? I was constantly drawing near to what I loved the most, sin! Me, I loved me the most, and wanted what I wanted and when I wanted it! Sad, yes I know. If we want to be free we must “draw near” to God. We must stop “drawing near” to sin, or sin will “draw near to us.”
“Cleanse your hands” and “purify your hearts.” Certainly our hands need to be washed from our sinful desires. Our hearts from the things it’s been attached to. Are your hands in need of washing? Does your heart need purification?
What do dirty hands and an impure heart lead to?
A) I’m not sure
B) Being cool
C) Being double-minded
Does this make sence to you? Have you been double-minded? What are you thinking about that you may consider being double-minded?
We’ve mentioned the first 3 out of 9, what is 4, 5 and 6?
A) Sing, dance and be excited
B) Dance, be excited and sing
C) Be wretched and mourn and weep
We need to be wretched over our sinning against God. We need to be cut to the heart as we mourn over our time wasted. We need to weep about sining against the God we say we love.
What two things do we need to change?
A) Change your attitude and your mind
B) Change your thoughts and your words
C) Turn your laughter to mourning, and your Joy to gloom
It seems we aren’t taking our sin seriously. We go about life as if to say, “God will forgive me.” But as we draw near to him and he is drawing near to us, we should go through a process of mourning and gloom about where our lives have been, and how we have turned our backs on God by the pursuit of our evil desires.
Finally, “humble yourself” before the Lord and he will exalt you. Only the humble are exalted. Do you see it? Coming to a place of humility is the key to being exalted by the King of Kings. God gives “grace to the humble” but “opposes the proud” (James 4:6.) Draw “near to God” and he will “draw near” to you.
Author: Erick Hurt
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Now an Elder at Family Bible Church, I speak, teach, and preach with the same passion I once had for sin. I work as a volunteer for Setting Captives Free ministry as a mentor and mentor coordinator helping people become freed from the grip of sin. Visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com.