Turning Point; David Jeremiah – Submit and Resist

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:7

 Recommended Reading: Ephesians 4:26-27

A case can be made for pride being the oldest sin. Paul said as much when he wrote that it was this sin that condemned the devil (1 Timothy 3:6). And in Isaiah 14:13-15, we have the description of Satan expressing his fivefold intent to be like God. Satan’s failure was his unwillingness to submit to God, an unwillingness that God opposed.

The apostle James warned that Satan might tempt Christians to be prideful, resulting in God’s opposition (James 4:1-7). Why would Satan tempt us to be prideful? Because pride can lead us to a failure to submit to God. Any time we are tempted to sin against God, we can be sure that Satan is fueling that temptation. So what should we do when that happens? Two things—which are the two sides of the same coin of victory: (1) Submit to God and (2) resist the devil (James 4:7). When we are tempted to sin, we resist the devil by submitting to God. And when we submit and resist, the devil “will flee from [us].”

Satan is always looking for a foothold (Ephesians 4:27). Stop him in his tracks by resisting him and submitting to God.

Nothing is more powerful to overcome temptation than the fear of God. 
John Calvin


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