Picture Scripture: James 4:7


Today’s passage is from James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

In our spiritual struggle, our greatest defense is simple solidarity. Submit to God, push back against temptation, and our adversary will eventually relent. The most damaging thing we can do to the devil is to say, “No.”

What makes this such a difficult solution is that saying “no” to temptation sometimes means saying “no” to self. And we don’t like doing that. If we are truly submitting to God, however, we have died to self and to sin. Self-control and self-denial are parts of that.

The simplest solution can sometimes be the hardest. Let’s practice standing firm, saying “no” to sin, and the devil will lose his influence over our lives.