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SCRIPTURE READING: JAMES 4:8-10
Verse 7 instructed us to submit to God and resist the devil. But how? Remember, James had just been discussing how we speak, about quarrels, and spiritual unfaithfulness. His next statement is, “Come near to God, and he will come near to you.” So, how do we do that? Verse 8 continues, with instructions on cleansing ourselves. This is, of course, a spiritual cleansing. The priests in the Old Testament were required to cleanse themselves before approaching the altar, symbolizing the need for us to come to God clean, spiritually. The command to “wash your hands” and “purify your hearts” shows the need for both our deeds and our thoughts to be pure. And again James used the word “double-minded.” You are to “love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” You can’t come to Him half-heartedly.