James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
How can a Christian continue to stay close to God?
1. Cleanse your hands
Cleanse means “to make clean or purge”; Christians must continue to be sensitive to the stains of sin that leave long lasting marks in a person’s life. Sin not only damages, but also severs relationships, especially our relationship with God!
Note: Unconfessed sin will keep you far from God and hinder your relationship with Him.
2. Purify your heart
Purify means “to make pure”; to have a close walk with God, Christians are to have a pure heart toward the things of God, and not to be in two minds. Either you stand with God or you stand against God.
James 4:4 “...whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
How is a person to cleanse their hands and purify their hearts?
We need to come before the Lord and confess our sins to Him with a pure heart. Do not treat sin lightly.James 4:9 “Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep...”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”