James Chapter 4 – Resist the Devil

James Chapter 4 : Resist the Devil and He will leave or Flee From You

Submit yourselves then to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  James Chapter 4 :7

Looking at James Chapter 4 I prayed to the Lord, “deliver me from the snare of the fowler, from Satan and his angels!”  I was under attack!  How dare he come near me!  (Funny how we get so self righteous and blame Satan for our problems that, quite frankly, arise solely from our pride and our flesh!)  I prayed, Lord, give me the victory; help me to overcome!  Yesterday I did not overcome.  She yelled at me, I said something ugly back.  Before the end of the day we were alone in the office and God wrung an apology out of me, and I say wrung, because I did not want to do it, but I literally felt like Jeremiah when he said that if he did not speak the words were like fire shut up in his bones.  I had to get it out and did feel better after for a couple of reasons.  It  certainly was not success in any way, shape or form and certainly was not a witness to these people that I have been praying for daily.

The next morning in my prayer time I was apologizing to God for my behavior and praying that I would do better today. I reflected on James Chapter 4.  Yesterday I tried a lot of “self talk” and trying in my own strength, which I know not to do, but sometimes cannot find my way out of it.  The Holy Spirit led me to commit to God that I would submit to His will in this thing.  Right before I left for work I read a bit in a book that I have been slowly working on.  The passage contained a quote from Oswald Chambers’s book, “My Utmost for His Highest,” for September 30.  It is titled “The Commission of the Call.”

James Chapter 4My Utmost for Highest

God is like that, what can I say?  His timing is perfect; His ways are sure.  I bowed my head and said, Lord, I will submit to Your will today.  If this is the way You choose to humble me, so that my pride can be broken so that You can use me more, I WILL submit to it.  I will humble myself to You Lord so that I might become more like Jesus, meek and mild.  At once a weight lifted off my shoulders and I felt the strength to do what I must come upon me.  Once I realized that He is the One that requires I submit, not to other people, but to Him alone, the rest was easy.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light and when I took it instead of my own, the way was plain and victory was so easy, unlike before.

Submit yourself to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Victory is ours if we submit ourselves to the One Who judges rightly.  Read more from James Chapter 4 here on Your Bible Quotes or sign up to receive James Chapter 4 Bible Quotes delivered by email or text message directly.