This is our final week in the book of James. We have been convicted and challenged, as well as strengthened and encouraged. And hopefully through it all, we have grown closer to God. I pray that we draw near to God continually, knowing that He will draw near to us. May our permanent posture be to cling to Him!
So often we see God changing things up and we wonder, “What is God up to? What is He doing?” That’s me right now. Clinging is a daily lifestyle full of questions. I’m sharing some of that journey in a new Cling Vlog. Are you in a time of wondering what God is up to?
James chapter 4 is packed with truths we need to hold onto. As with all of this book, it’s convicting, calling us to see sin and regard sin rightly. Yet it’s also the chapter that gives us this amazing promise—“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
So much in my heart from my time in Israel. It’ll take a while to unpack it all. But this rose up one morning, and I couldn’t shake it. As I get older sometimes it seems life is passing me by. But I’ve only got one life to live—and I know what I want to do with it.
For some of us James is hitting hard in many areas. Hopefully we’ve been prayerfully examining where our faith is. But if somehow you’ve dodged James’s targeted words thus far, it’ll be impossible this week. We’re dealing with that poisonous instrument that we all own—the tongue.
James asks stirring questions this week, like these:
“. . . have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (James 2:4)
“What use it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14)
I pray we look to the Lord to help us to answer these questions, thankful that He gives grace as we do so.
The first week in James was a lot to take in, let alone walk in. In week 2, James isn’t letting up. He moves right into another hard-hitting topic—temptation.
It’s not easy to “consider it all joy” when we encounter a trial. But always, we can consider it an opportunity to cling to God.
For the latest YouTube Cling Bible Study, we are diving into the book of James! This study has been expanded from the James study on Instagram and Facebook this past spring. I am praying God’s blessings as we study this book together.
In your Christian circle, are singles having sex as a way of life? Are people/are you realizing the impact this has on a close walk with God? Let’s talk about it!