Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
When you choose to place God in control of your life, He covers you.
His power, love, and grace flow into you when you submit.
Only when you choose to submit, because it’s a choice.
Doesn’t say we only have to submit once, but implies instead a constant decision.
Going on, we must resist the devil.
Once we choose to do that, the devil goes away.
He flees. Why?
Because you decided to resist him.
Fully resisting the devil’s crafty lies and selfish whims happens only when first you submit yourself to God.
Having chosen to submit to God, God’s power helps you resist the devil.
Make no mistake: your choice is still involved.
Even as a saved by grace singing hallelujah Christian, you can still fall into the devil’s traps.
The choice is yours.
But when you choose to submit first to God, it’s easier to resist the devil.
Because you want what God wants for you.
And news flash, it’s not the devil.
Shocking, I know.
Resisting the devil is a constant decision.
The verse doesn’t say you only resist him once, but again implies a continual action.
Seems simple, doesn’t it?
Yet we resist submitting. Instead we want control.
Purpose to submit yourself to God.
Purpose to resist the devil.
The devil will flee and you’ll be left with God by your side.
Today, if your soul’s heavenly selfie was taken, who would be walking by your side?