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James 4:1-3 Devotional – Day 5

By January 27, 2023Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9), and the Spirit of God taught us to cry, “Abba, Father,” an intimate Aramaic term similar to “Daddy.” The Creator of the universe cares for each one of us.

Romans 8:15-17
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Praise God the Father
Praise Him that He is a perfect caring Father. Praise Him for His perfect love. Praise Him for His discipline and instruction.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray again for the River Youth. Ask God to strengthen their community and draw students to himself. Pray for youth who do not know Christ to turn to Him.

James 4:1-3 – Christian Standard Bible
Proud or Humble
4 What is the source
of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from your passions that wage war within you? 2 You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

Today we want to engage the discipline of repentance again. Each day we spend time confessing our sins to God, and earlier in the week we addressed the need of making things right with others where appropriate. Today we want to spend some extra time in confession. It would be helpful if you had a pen and paper and were able to write down either what is on your mind or what the Spirit brings to your mind. If you know of sins to confess, go ahead and write them down. Now, quiet your mind as best you can, and ask God to reveal any unconfessed sin to you by the Holy Spirit. The goal is not to look for reasons to feel guilty, but rather to see what may be hiding in your heart in order to be free. God could bring sins of commission (things you said or did) or omission (things you failed to say or do that you should have). It could be specific heart attitudes that you have allowed to take root. Be open, be still, be encouraged. It is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance.

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