by Paul Tautges | February 5, 2014 11:49 am
James 4:1-10 continues to be one of the most significant passages of Scripture that the Holy Spirit is using in recent years to awaken my heart and mind to the reality of idolatry within me. The more I grow in the grace of Christ the more the Spirit labors to form the image of Christ within me. This deep, lasting work takes place in the heart—at the level of my heart’s desires. As He sanctifies me, I am enabled to see more and more of the onion-like layers that need to peeled away so that the core of my being—my desires—are confronted with the truth of the gospel. The more He does this—at least for me—the more I feel like I want to begin the Christian life all over again. How hopeful it then becomes to remember that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning (Lam 3:22-23) because I need a fresh supply of them every morning. Great is His faithfulness and grace!
This past Lord’s Day, the Holy Spirit directed our guest preacher Paul Whitt to exposit James 4:1-10 and, like previous exposures to this passage, I felt like the Lord was doing another open-heart surgery on me. Here are some short, pointed statements made by the preacher that were particularly convicting to me, personally.
The longer I am a believer in Christ the more I realize how desperately I not only need God’s saving grace, but also His all-sufficient empowering grace to walk with Him by faith. May His grace and peace by yours today, as well.
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