19 April 2022
James tells us that when we resist the devil, he will flee from us. Jesus gives us the best example of what it means to resist the devil. The single biggest attack of the enemy is to deceive you about your true identity. He wants you to buy into the lie of how the world sees you. Like Jesus, you will resist the devil when you recount what the Bible has to say about your relationship with God and who you now are in Christ. Satan is happy for you to rail against every sin under the sun as long as he can keep you in the dark about your true identity. Think about it. If preaching against ungodly behavior was what James meant by this, then why do the ungodly flock to argue with all those preachy Facebook posts? If the devil is not fleeing from you, perhaps you are not resisting him in the right way.
Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.— James 4:7 (MEV)