Draw Near To God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Prayer - James 4:7-10 - Draw Near To God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – James 4:7-10 – Draw Near To God – Growing As Disciples

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.  James 4:7-10 (ESV)

Submit Myself

All that I am. All that I have. All that I hope to be is yours. I give myself and my entire being to you. I submit all my thoughts and words and deeds to you. I want everything about me to be pleasing in your sight. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I don’t want there to be there to be any double-mindedness in me. I want to love and follow and serve you with single hearted, white hot, passionate devotion. I want to shine brightly for you in the world. This in the desire and prayer of my heart. This desire and your prayer comes from me. I have given you this desire and will I grant you this prayer of your heart.

That’s great. That’s fantastic. That is better news than I could have hoped for or even imagined. Why is that? I know that I am a sinner. I have sinned and I will sin. I will fall short. I will not measure up. I will make mistakes. I will take missteps. I will go where I should not have gone. I will do what I should not have done. I will sometimes fail to go and do your will.  I know that, not all I will think, say or do will be pleasing in your sight. But, I will keep on confessing my sins to you. I will keep on drawing near to you. I will keep on submitting my heart and mind and life to you. I will not draw back. I will not retreat. I will not run away. No, I will run from temptation and evil. I will run to you for help. Temptation and evil will flee from me as I humble and submit myself to you. You will strengthen me. You will sustain me. You will support me as come to rely on you. I know that,  you will draw near to me as I draw near to you. I know that, you will lift me up as I keep on humbling myself before you. You will use me. You will work in me. You will work through me as I keep on submitting myself to you. Yes, I will and that will be very good. 

sLord, I will submit my thoughts, words, deeds and entire life to you. You are my God. I love you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. Thank you that you will draw near to me as I draw near to you. Thank you that evil will flee as I submit myself to you. Amen

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Submit Yourselves

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Therefore - James 4:7-10 - Submit Yourself- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Therefore – James 4:7-10 – Submit Yourself- Growing As Disciples

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. James 4:7-10 (ESV)

Drawing Near

I know that I am a sinner. I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words, and deeds. I have done what I shouldn’t have done. I have left undone what I should have done. My heart has not been pure. I have had a double mind. My behavior has been wretched. I take my own sinfulness seriously. This is no laughing matter. I am deeply sorry that I have sinned against you in so many ways. With a humble heart, I am bowing down before. I am admitting my sin to you. That’s good.

I am so thankful that you have made it so I can turn away from my sin to follow you. You got my attention. You turned my life around. You helped me to see the error of my ways. You gave me a desire to know you. You gave me a hunger to seek you. Now, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Now, I want what you want. Now, I want to live my life completely for you. That’s very good.

I am holding on to your promises. I am drawing near to you. I know that you will draw near to me. There is no exception clause. No there is not. I can count on you drawing near to me as I draw near to you. Yes, you can. I will never leave you or forsake you. You may not always feel my closeness. You may not also realize that I am with you. But, you can hold on to me because I will be holding on to you. You are my child. I am your Heavenly Father.

I am counting on you. I am trusting in you. I know that I cannot live a life that pleases you without your power and strength. No, you cannot. As I draw near to you and you draw near to me I will be resisting the devil and all the evil he will try to throw at me. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. I know that your word will help me to think your thoughts and do your will. Yes, it will. I know that your word will change my heart and transform my mind. Yes, it will. I know that your word will push evil thoughts out of my heart and mind and life. Yes, it will. You will cleanse me with your word. Yes, I will. Your word will make me able to live and walk in ways that please you. Your word will make me able to stand against every evil and temptation. I will trust in you and all that you have to say to me as I draw near to you. That will be very good.

Lord, I am drawing near to you. I am humbling myself before you. I am turning away from evil and withdrawing from sin. I am submitting myself to you. Cleanse and heal me. I will walk in your ways. Use your word to push evil out of my heart and mind. Amen

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