Wednesday, 23 February 2005

James 4:1-10

From where do wars and fightings among you come? Is it not from this, from your lusts which war in your members? You desire, and do not have. You murder, and are jealous, and cannot obtain. You fight and war, yet you have not because you ask not. You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts.

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever desires to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us yearns to envy? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says, God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.

Therefore submit yourselves 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, sinners; and purify your hearts, double-minded ones. Be afflicted, and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness. Be humbled before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
[MKJV, e-Sword]

I think the Lord really wants me to understand and remember these verses well.... I just did them while preparing for this week's PCGM, and then I turn to today's devotion for Soul Journey, and what do i see? The devotion for the day is James 4:7-10!! LOL... But it does serve as a timely reminder to be constantly onguard against temptations, and to continuously draw near to God. To trust in Him and to just give everything unto him, and to rely on Him. Even more so when we consider the world today, and what is allowed and tolerated....

In light of this, I was also updating my copy of e-Sword, and discovered all the little add-ons that are available (thanks Rick Meyer, and your supporting team!) that include commentaries and dictionaries, on top of the various versions of the Bible that are available ^^ I got the traditional chinese Bible as well, but there wasn't one for japanese... Oh well... guess I have to make do with the one I got off Bible Gateway... except that it has no furigana, so I need to have my kanji dictionary on hand when I read it...

Things to look forward to:
(1) Howl's Moving Castle opens in Singapore tmr!! Gonna catch it with a couple of friends from Japanese language class ^^
(2) LSM3251 fieldtrip to Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve on Friday
(3) 1st Gen12ii mass training and meeting of team-mates on Saturday

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