“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:7-10
Dear Holy Spirit, there is only one response left for me as I see and hear all that James calls forth from me. I can only repent and draw near to you. I can only humble myself under your mighty hand and confess that I am not who you call me to be. I can only submit to you, your will and your Word. Lord God, work this repentance in my heart hourly and daily. Break my heart, O God, in sorrow and repentance. And then, dear Savior, raise me up with your forgiveness and mercy. Then, dear Father, raise me up to the exalted status of your dearly loved child, washed by Jesus blood. Then, dear Spirit, raise me up to a new life in this day and an eternal life in heaven with you. O Lord God, break me with your Word and then resurrect me by your Spirit. That’s all there is left for me. Amen.