Today’s Bible reading is James chapter 4
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
How can we have a personal Revival? Not the church, not America, not my community, but how can you and I have Revival? James chapter 4 teaches us how. The first step is surrender. He says, “Submit to God.” The word “submit” is a military term and means to bring yourself under the authority of another. Who is in charge of your life? Is God ruling as King of your life? Are you surrendered? The next step is separation. James says, “resist the devil.” When you and I are tempted we need to know that the devil is not irresistible. The blood of Jesus makes us free and forgiven. We are new creatures in Christ so we must resist temptation. As followers of Christ we are in a spiritual warfare, but God has given us His armor so that we might stand for Him (Ephesians 6:10-20). The third step is we must seek to be spiritual. God’s Word says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8) I must move closer to God and God promises that He will move closer to me. In fact, people say to me “I’m not as close to God as I ought to be.” No, but you are as close to God as you want to be. If you want to be closer you can be. Other people say to me, “I’m not as close to God as I used to be.” In that case who moved? God didn’t move. If you have moved away from the Lord then come closer! He promises to Revive you!
Prayer: “Dear Father, we confess our need to You for personal Revival. We repent and confess our sins to You. Please forgive us and renew our hearts. Draw us closer to You. We believe You for Revival in our lives and we thank You. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron