Several verbs (a call to action) in verse above.
Also some promises.
Submission – think about the meaning of that word. (Rather than me give you the definition & go into great detail, you probably have a better brain than I do so just stop, take a moment to think about what it means to “submit” to God).
JUST STOP READING
(Taking a deep breath in & releasing it….)
Now, the verse goes on,
Resist the devil.
Here is the promise, 1st submit to God, not your Will but His Will, then resist the enemy, the opposition (the oponante)…then he (The offensive one) will FLEE, RUN AWAY.
“Draw”, come near, to God …constantly building that relationship.
He’ll draw (come) closer to you, so close that His Spirit will live in you (Jesus possesion).
Wash your hands (come clean, cough up, confess HE IS GOD we are not).
Purify our hearts? -if you’ve confessed He’ll do the rest (1st John 1:9).
How amazing it was for me when I let Christ take over my mind rather than trying to get or be in control.
In the verse above it calls the reader, “double minded”. How true that is…we all, everyday, are faced with choices to make, please ourself, please others, or simple please God and go on living from there.
What? Read the verse above again if you need to.
If you (the reader) have gone to any church at all, you were probably taught from Sunday school on, smile, smile, you’ve got to smile because we are all so happy Jesus took our sins away.
I always saw the two extremes. People smile or put in a smile no matter what. As if Christ Himself walked around showing his pearly white teeth, smiling ear to ear ready to take a selfie or for someone to take a snap shot.
To truly, honestly, genuinely be like Christ, we need to first know sincerly what Christ was really like. ( that knowledge comes from reading the historical recording…I recommend the book of John for a start )
This verse (James 4:9-10) clarifies some things, we do need a sobering up time. If we are truly going to drink in The Holy Spirit, we need to make room for Him, let Him come in & clear some things out. Let go of the ‘shtuff’ we realize take a place that He deserves to be in.
It all comes back to humbly accepting this new friendship, or for some, coming back & fanning the flames or desire you once had for Christ (your 1st love -Rev. 2)
That friendship will give us a genuine smile, even when things are grim.
Able to at least grin when things are truly grim.
A smerk is always better than a snear. I HATE SNEARS.
Just as this is 1 out of 3 post on friends, may you find that Jesus is that 1 who will NEVER let you down (Romans 8).
Special thanks to Chip Ingram and livingontheedge.org for inspiration through the power of our same SAVIOR and friend, The Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is a short 20 min. Audio where Chip points out these same verbs & promises: