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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Today's Verse : James 4:7-8


April 8, 2012

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

James always packs a lot into a small space. Let's focus on the
center of this call to holiness: let's draw ourselves closer to
God. When we come into God's presence and draw close to him, we
know our thoughts, our motives, and our behaviors will be seen for
what they are in the light of his holiness and righteousness. At
the same time, we know that the devil is forced out by the radiance
of our Father's holy life. Let's seek after God. Let's long to draw
near to him. Let's ask him to cleanse us and make us wholly his and
make us completely holy!

Righteous Father, thank you for your love and forgiveness. Now,
dear Father, help me as I seek to draw closer to you and as I seek
to know you better. Purify my heart of any duplicity or secret sin.
Cleanse my conscience and empower me to be an example of your grace
and holiness. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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