Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
The Christian life is a battle. Spiritual warfare is real; angels are real; Satan is real. As the sworn enemy of our Savior, Satan’s greatest desire is to turn people away from Christ through his lies and deceit. For a Christian to function as if this is not a reality is a recipe for spiritual and natural disaster. Real spiritual warfare is in submitting to God before resisting the devil. Anything other than that would be twisted righteousness.
Although the Devil cannot snatch us away from Christ (1 John 5:18), he is still hard at work to cause division among believers, render them ineffective in their testimony, and damage their relationship with God. Because of this reality, Christians are called to “resist the Devil.” We are to stand firm and oppose the adversary of God’s people. The closer we are to God, the farther we are from the devil, and the farther we are from God the closer we are to the devil.
From our text today, the Apostle James tells us to “submit ourselves therefore to God.” then resist the devil. These commands are two sides of the same coin. Submitting to God and Resisting the Devil Go hand in hand, Submission to God is itself an act of resistance to the devil. As we align our lives with God, the result becomes a growing resistance to the temptations of the devil and he loses any foothold and must flee. The devil cannot overpower a child of God who is humbly submitting to and actively pursuing Jesus.
I Declare: Today I bring my spirit, soul and body into alignment with God. I resist anything that is not God’s will for me. Satan,sin and sicknesses are far from me. I am a friend of God!
Ignite Thought: To think that we can resist Satan without humbly submitting our lives to God is the height of arrogance.