Have you chosen to seek God and surrender to him? Are you seeking His direction of your life? Even if you are, if you’re like me you probably still choose to take the occasional detour. Do you continue to keep options open to do things you know you shouldn’t be doing? Living a life like that will fill you with guilt, shame, anxiety, fear and keep you from living the abundant life.
In order to help you guard against this kind of behavior, James wrote, ‘So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done’.
Don’t you love James? He doesn’t sugar coat things. He gives us a coat of tough love.
Even those of you mature in the faith face decisions and have to make choices every day. It’s both the hardest and easiest thing you’ll ever do. In your surrender, you draw close to Him, and in turn He’ll draw close to you, just as James tells us.