11/20/19: James 4:1-17; Psalm 118:19-29; Proverbs 28:3-5

As I noted when we first started reading James it is an inspired book filled with wisdom and instructions for daily living.  And today’s reading highlights a pattern we can use to overcome temptations:

James 4:  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. 

As he so often does James does not “wax poetically” about how we fight temptation.  Instead he gives us commands and verbs — “Submit, resist and come near.”

The big decision — will we follow these instructions inspired by the Holy Spirit?

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