James 4:6a,7…6a But He gives a greater grace. …7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Command #2 – 7a Submit therefore to God.
The order of the 2 commands is important. First, the Disciple is to “submit therefore to God”. Therefore refers to greater grace available to the Disciple during the growth process after salvation. Growth in an intimate relationship with Jesus produces humility then submission. This is a word we don’t like because we think we control our lives. But, all the commands in James cannot be accomplished if the Disciple is self-centered instead of Jesus-centered. This is possible because He first loved us and now we can obey Him because we love Him.
What part of your life do you have a problem with submitting to God?
Command #3 – 7b Resist the devil
Having committed to being Jesus-centered we can resist the devil with the Word of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, and our perseverance. This is the only combination that can face the snares and temptations of the devil. When Jesus was tempted by the devil He was full of the Holy Spirit and answered each temptation with scripture. Then ” 13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.” A
It is imperative that we be in the Word every day faithfully in study, meditation, and prayer and be daily filled by the Spirit. B
Blessing #2 – he will flee from you.
When the Disciple follows the commands of Jesus we will have the same experience as Jesus – the devil will flee from us for a while. What a blessing!
Notes: A- Luke 4:1-13; B- Summary: 31 Days of Prayer Using ACTS format.
& Daily Bible Study using the HEAR method on a single Bible verse per day. & Ephesians 5:18c “be filled by the Spirit” HCSB, CSB