“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (Jas 4:7-10 NLT)
Every day we come in contact with the germs of spiritual warfare. Such germs come from a world that is filled with evil; an old nature within us that has an appetite for sin; and an adversary that is always plotting and scheming ways to tempt us. Though many of these germs can inter us undetected, once inside of our hearts and minds, they can seriously weaken our spiritual immune system. What can we do to help keep ourselves spiritually healthy?
1. Humble yourselves before God. see yesterday’s devotional
2. Resist the devil. see yesterday’s devotional
3. Come close to God. Along with resisting the devil, we have to draw closer to God. We have to fill our hearts and minds with things that are pure and that will help keep us strong. Such resources include God’s Word, prayer and Christian music.
4. Wash your hands and purify your hearts. A believer can’t expect to have victory as long as they willfully continue to condone what they know is sin. James tells us that we have to stop participating in things that defile us. “Wash your hands” means to quit doing those things. “Purify your hearts” means to remove from your heart what you know is offensive to God. The reason so many Christians struggle in their spiritual walk is because they are not willing to change the way they live.
5. Let there be sorrow and deep grief for what you have done. The apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians of a ‘godly sorrow.’
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. (2 Cor. 7:10 NLT)
If people would develop the habit of washing their hands regularly, there would be less sickness. If believers would develop the habit of washing their hearts regularly, there would be less spiritual defeat.