Written by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it will lead to destruction.” How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word (Psalm 119). The things you set your heart to pursue can look fantastic because of their appearance, or because of how much money you will make, or because of some status symbol it will be for you. After all, a new Land Rover or a new Cadillac will look a lot better in your drive way than a rusty old pickup truck with multiple dents and holes and more than 300,000 miles on the odometer.
In the book of James Chapter 4 we are being warned about our attitudes, our desires and our reasons, concerning our attempts to pursue the things of this world. The of Word God states: “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures”
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy with God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace, therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners,; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4: 1-10).
Now hear the Word of the Lord: “All the day long I have been outstretching My hands to a disobedient and gain-saying people; who want their own way , yet they wonder why their way seems so difficult. I have been blocking your way because of My love for you. For those things you have been trying to accomplish on your own without desiring My Heart’s Life-Giving intent for you, are becoming more than your heart can handle. The more you pursue your own way, the farther you will draw away from My Presence. You are provoking Me to Godly jealousy. Therefore I have set obstacles in your path to prevent the harm you would be causing for yourself. Not only for yourself, but for those who love you as well.
“It is time for you to wake up. Break up the hardness of your heart by turning away from those shallow and beggarly elements that have caused your heart to pursue what is not good. I did not lead you that way. Your adversary has lulled you into accepting what has been detrimental to your future. Consider your ways now, says the Lord, for your have been putting your riches into a bag full of holes. For you will fall far short of the returns you have been expecting. It is time for you to come home. You may wonder; “How do I return, where do I turn; who would accept me now?” I have been calling you since the day you came forth from your mother’s womb. I been placing My own hand upon your life to draw you back with My everlasting love. Do you believe that I haven’t known the path or direction you have been running? There is a way. You must believe. I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life, says the Lord. Whosoever shall come unto Me, I shall never cast out;” says the Lord
Now, Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.