James (Jacob) 4:5-10 TPT
“The Spirit that God breathed into our hearts is a jealous Lover who intensely desires to have more and more of us”? But he continues to pour out more and more grace upon us. For it says, God resists you when you are proud but continually pours out grace when you are humble.” So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you. Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you. But make sure you cleanse your life, you sinners, and keep your heart pure and stop doubting. Feel the pain of your sin, be sorrowful and weep! Let your joking around be turned into mourning and your joy into deep humiliation. Be willing to be made low before the Lord and he will exalt you!
Does this Scripture passage mean anything to you? Consider the truth being emphasized here. It’s not enough to get saved and have the Spirit breathed into us with no follow up on our part. His desire for us is to be continually craving more and more of Him as He does for us! This must be true since He pours out more and more grace upon us which motivates us to continually cry out to Him with desire that is intense. But if we just settle with a one time only in-filling of the Spirit then we will lose the desire to run after Him constantly without fail day after day, moment after moment. We should desire…no, crave that so we cannot and won’t stop pressing into Him with a love that enables us to have the power and strength to resist the devil. And then the devil runs and we continually grow closer to Him! These scripture verses are truth that if we grasp them with all our might, will fuel our desire continually to embrace Him and grow our relationship with Him to an intimacy that thrills us beyond any other relationship we have our could ever have! This is why we must put away pride so that nothing can hinder our love for Him. After all His love for us is greater than any other love we could ever have. That’s why He pours out grace to us so wholeheartedly! It’s so amazing to realize just how much He loves us. How could we ever not want to be in the love relationship that He wants so amazingly to have with us. Therefore we must respond to the admonition to move our hearts closer and closer to Him so He will move closer and closer to us. I’ll say it passionately! How can we not treasure His love and do all we can to increase in passion for Him?!! How else will we ever come to the place where we don’t doubt but grow in faith stronger than ever. We must grasp this so that the devil has no open door to draw us away from Him! Therefore we must recognize the need to be made low so we can be exalted. He loves us so much that He helps us be successful in our relationship with Him drawing ever closer to Him.