Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.-James 4:7
We all don’t want to fall into the traps that devil lays for us. James tells us that the key to resisting the devil is to submit ourselves to God. The question is then what does submitting ourselves to God look like. James gives us the answer in the next few verses. He says: “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he lift you up” (James 4:8-10 NIV). To submit yourself to God is to completely change your thoughts, you attitudes and your actions. When you submit yourself to God you will no longer find the things that you once found pleasurable to be pleasurable. It is only with this change that you will be able to resist the devil. Remember this the devil is the father of lies and he will tell all kinds of lies, and the way to combat lies is with the truth. The moment you start speaking truths when the devil is telling you lies he will run. Resisting the devil is not about how strong you are. It is about how strong your faith in God is. You cannot resist the devil on your own. The only way you will ever be able to resist the devil is through the power of God and the only way to get the power of God is to full submit yourself to him. When you do this you can withstand anything the devil throws your way.