Father, please settle my heart and mind as we come to our time together this morning. Enfold me in Your arms as I climb onto Your lap. May I breathe in the aroma of Your holiness – pure and unblemished. I pray that it will burn away the dust of the world that wants to accumulate. Refine me. Purify me. Cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Make me wholly Yours. Amen.

James 4:6-10 (<<click here)

“…humble yourselves before God.”

Our world is not a great promoter of humility, Lord. Though if we would take the time to embrace it, a little humility would go a long way. It’s not about putting ourselves down but about putting ourselves in place. We must abdicate the throne as the supreme authority in our lives and yield to You. You are all-knowing and have the wisdom to use that knowledge. We are short sighted and on many fronts are making educated guesses at best as to what we should do or where we should go. I humble myself before You, Lord.

In doing so I realize that the devil has absolutely nothing of any value to offer. I resist you – get out of my life – you are not welcome! Lord, Jesus, I stand with You! When I come close to You, You come close to me. I cling to You, my salvation!

I wash my hands of this old world and its mirage of satisfactions. Purify my heart, Lord. Enable me to lead a pure life – cleanse me.

Lord, may I see my actions of the flesh for what they are. May I be filled with “sorrow and deep grief” over time wasted in following my own selfish desires. May fulfillment only be found in You.

I’m Yours, Lord. Amen

Sept. 22nd, Thurs, 7:10 am