“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
As a Chicago Bears fan, I was greatly pleased they picked a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft. We haven’t had a good quarterback—let me think about it—ever.
What I’ve learned about Chicago quarterbacks is that they throw three-yard pass plays and aren’t good at beating the blitz. Over the years, our biggest rival, the Green Bay Packers, led by quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, have destroyed our defensive blitz by throwing it deep.
When the devil blitzes us and is successful, he will repeat the same tactics. He will tempt and tempt you in the same way until you’re blue in the face.
For example, I’m tempted to have a sour attitude around 9 p.m. on many nights if I’m not alert. My patience runs thin and exhaustion sets in. The fruit of the Holy Spirit seems to have gone to bed without me. It’s in those moments I need to be aware that Satan will tempt me to treat those around me with disrespect.
One of the reasons why people don’t find freedom in various addictions like drinking, drugs or pornography is that the devil is not very creative, he’s just consistent.
If we won’t resist, he won’t quit blitzing our lives if he knows we’ll surrender to the same sin again and again.
If you’re bent toward anger, the devil knows exactly how to step on your toes.
If you’re default is perfection, he’ll highlight your inadequacies for every project.
If it’s insecurity, watch out while scrolling on social media.
Think about some of your sin struggles, whether lust, pride, fear, comparison or anger.
When do those sins seem to flare up? What can you do to overcome?
James 4:7 highlights the primary way: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Getting lost in the goodness of God is the great antidote to sin. It’s less about “don’t touch the stove” and more about saying “yes” to who God is.
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Our Creator is infinitely good and His will is love: to submit to One who is too wise to err, too good to be unkind, should not be hard. If He were a tyrant, it might be courageous to resist, but since He is a Father, it is ungrateful to rebel. He will not do what is inconsistent with the best interests of our race; therefore, to resist Him is to contend against one’s own advantage.”
Surrendering to God is the best decision we can make.
>When are the times and places that Satan tempts you the most?
>What sin has tripped you up lately?
>How can you submit to God?