This may be one of the most comforting Truths of scripture..."Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." James 4:8
I just love the attentive responsiveness of God. Even, at times, when I may not fully sense His presence, I can intentionally acknowledge Him, turning my focus towards Him and away from distractions and especially away from the enemy's negative influence. I've also discovered how counterproductive it is to try to "draw near to God" when my speech is dishonoring of God, others or even of myself! Eph 4:29-32 explains why this happens. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
I'm so grateful that "drawing near to God" empowers us to "resist the devil" and to experience the promise... "he will flee from you." (James 4:7) So my goal today is to...
Resist the Devil by Drawing Near to God...dmc