We understand how sinful we are; our broken nature, and these things make us all the more thankful for God, for His salvation, and for His grace.
And those are all very good things. Those are all things that we need to know. We need to know that we are loved, no matter what we’ve done. We need to know that we need to never get too proud; it’s the pride that comes before the fall. We need to understand that only through grace can we stand.
It’s good for us to know these things.
But, it’s also good for us to read James. Because James tells us to bow up. Do right. Act right. Stop doing things that are wrong. Start doing things that are right.
Yes, we are sinful. Yes, we have done things wrong. Yes, we will make mistakes.
But, you know what? You aren’t powerless.
Listen to what James writes today in James 4:
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
Humble yourself before God. Know that your strength comes from God, not from you. Without Him, you are powerless. Without Him, there’s nothing you can do. Without Him, we have no hope.
But, with Him, resist the devil, and he will flee. With Him, we have the greatest power. With Him, we are not powerless and helpless. With Him, we are more than conquers.
Today, you are not powerless. Today, you are not at the whims of the devil. Today, you have a choice to make.
Will you follow along with the plans of the devil? Or will you resist?
Today, you are not powerless. Today, through God, you have strength and power. Today, through God, resist the devil and he will flee.
Today, you are not powerless. Today, you have a choice to make. What choice will you make?