YOU ARE AS CLOSE TO GOD,... AS YOU CHOOSE TO GET!
"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."
In the general epistle of James chapter 4 we find God's rebuke of worldliness.
Here is a New Testament book that has the same style of the wisdom-books of the Old Testament (Proverbs and Ecclesiastes). It is also referred to as one of the Jewish-Christian Epistles (Hebrews, I and II Peter and Jude) of the New Testament.
This chapter could be effortlessly outlined like this:
I. The Problem Of The Human Heart. (verses 1-5)
II. The Solution Of The Human Heart (verses 6-17)
It is while the servant James is dealing (under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit) with "The Solution of the Human Heart" that a person sees a 23 word stupendous statement. (verse 8)
Never forget the spiritual success or failure of any saint rests on what they do with this single Scripture.
Friend, you and I (those of us that are saved) ought to step daily in the traces of this statement!
There are several truths tucked away in this verse that will transform the Believer's spiritual trek. (All found in James 4:8)
I. THE BIDDING.
A truth tucked away in this verse that will transform the believer's spiritual trek is, the bidding. ("Draw nigh to God,"). All of us would be better off spiritually if we simply said, "Yes, Lord!" to His gold leaf invitations found on the pages of the Bible. If a child of God just obeyed five Bible verses on BIBLE READING (Psa. 63:1), PRAYER (Luke 18:1), CHURCH ATTENDANCE (Heb. 10:25), SOUL WINNING (Prov. 11:30) and SPIRIT'S FULLNESS (Eph. 5:18), we'd have to build larger fundamental churches to hold the crowds that would come this Sunday! The bidding!
II. THE BLESSING.
A truth tucked away in this verse that will transform the believer's spiritual trek is, the blessing. ("and he will draw nigh to you".) Since God's step is so much more sizable than the saints, just start His way and He will more than meet you half way. Ask the prodigal son for his personal testimony of this truth. (Luke 15:20) The blessing!
III. THE BATHING.
A truth tucked away in this verse that will transform the believer's spiritual trek is, the bathing. ("Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.") No question, the worldly walk of a child of God is the billboard that shouts, "THIS IS THE BY-PRODUCT OF NO COMMUNION WITH CHRIST FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME!" The closer one gets to God the more careful they become in not wanting anything, NOT EVEN "SHOES", to come between them and their cleanness with Deity. (Acts 7:33) The bathing!