I’m going to do my posts this week in the method of study that I talked about yesterday, the SOAP method. So, let’s start!
S – scripture
We are going to read James 4:7-10. Read slowly. Don’t rush through this. Listen. If it helps, write it out yourself. Listen for God’s voice in this.
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. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
O – observation
What did you see when you read? This is what I observed.
Submit yourself to God. I am not the boss of my life. God is. I have to submit myself to Him. It’s not about me.
Resist the devil, and he will flee. The devil is not all powerful. He is not unstoppable. He is not the greatest power in the world, God is. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. God will be there. He has promised. He is always there. If we turn to Him, He will be there for us.
Cleanse, and purify. Humble yourself. My sin, my mistakes, they cause harm. To others. To my walk with God. To myself. I have to turn from them. I have to repent. I have to wash myself, and make myself clean.
A – application
How will I apply this to my life today?
Today, I will not seek to do my will, but will seek to do God’s. I will ask myself, before each decision, is this something that God wants me to do? I will slow myself, I will consider my actions. I will think about my plans. I will submit myself to God. I will do all that I can do today to live for Him, not for me.
I will keep my eyes open for temptation. And I will say no. When faced with temptation, I will pray. I will turn to others for help. I will make sure that I resist temptation. I will remind myself that the devil is the father of all lies, and if it’s a temptation, it is a lie. And, I know that if I resist him, the devil will flee. God’s Word promises that.
I will truly repent of my sins. I will not just feel sorry for what I’ve done, but I will ask God to forgive me, I will accept that forgiveness, and I will allow God’s grace to allow me to be faithful.
P – prayer
God, help your Word to be made real in my life today. Help me to submit myself to you today, to live for your purpose. Help me resist temptation, in whatever way that it comes. And help me to understand my need for forgiveness and to truly repent of my sins.
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