Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/10/10

This week’s scripture is from James:

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”     (James 4:7-8a)

It often seems that the devil is on the prowl, constantly causing us grief and problems, and even when we might not be under direct attack we are daily set upon by sin and the troubles of the world and work. In this life we cannot escape them but momentarily. Too many of us have a habit we were raised with that taught us to take on our troubles and fight them. Yet we cannot stand against them alone.

We must remember that there is one who fights for us. He does not draw away from us; we get drawn away from Him. We need to remember to always turn to Him first. Christ is our champion; He has already defeated the devil. We need to get ourselves on our knees before the throne and call on His name, for He is faithful and true. He bears the sword of truth; He is our shield and our rampart; His mercy and grace attend us. Rejoice, call on His Holy name; submit yourself into His care and into His keeping.

May the Lord richly bless you this day and each day as you spend time with Him and draw near.

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