Blueprints and road maps are useful and necessary tools to get you from where you are to where you’re going. I have the same opinion of the book of James. It’s a book of divine directives, that will help you negotiate the challenging hairpin curves of life.
There are 5 points of interest that are the keys to everything that James says in this book: “Submit to God. But 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 people! Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you (James 4:7-10).”
These words are good advice and principles to be practiced. To apply them to your life, focus on the 5 points of interest:
- Insist: Submit to God
- Resist the Devil
- Persist: Draw near to God
- Desist: Cleanse your hands and purify your heart
- Consist: A life of humility—humble yourself
These 5 points can be summarized by one statement: The life that’s yielded to God is a life that’s shielded by God.