How close are you right now to your Heavenly Father? On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, what number would you assign to yourself?
Before we move forward I need to make it clear that the target audience of this post is for Christians; in no way can we earn our salvation, it is a gift from God.
A quick read of the Epistle of James will tell you that James was very plain spoken, he did not mince words. James gets right to the point and tells it like it is. Our scripture text is a perfect example of this style of writing.
In James 4:8a it says “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” In this promise from God we have the classic action / reaction. The bible clearly states our spiritual health is directly connected to our own efforts to separate from the world and live a life pleasing to God. Read the rest of this entry »