Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 (NIV)
Do you find yourself resisting or assisting the enemy? Many times we don’t even recognize the fact that we are assisting him. Better yet, even when we recognize it, we’re so bent on succeeding in our own agenda that we press on. Nevertheless, he is very cunning and manipulative. One of his biggest schemes involves strife.
The enemy aims to divide and conquer. If he can get us to focus intently on our differences, it causes separation and isolation so that he can go in for the kill, so to speak. Sadly, many of us have walked away from jobs or relationships because we don’t want to be told what to do but yet we play right into the enemy’s hands. Essentially, we’re like his puppet on a string. We nurse bitterness and unforgiveness as though it is just payment for the wrong that has been done to us.
Resisting the devil is imperative in order to get him to flee but it must be preceded by submitting ourselves to God. It’s declaring that I no longer need to get revenge or make that person pay for the wrong they’ve done. It’s also declaring that God’s way of dealing with the situation is far better regardless if it neither meets my expected outcome nor occurs within my desired timetable.
Lord, thank You for Your continued assistance in helping me to recognize the enemy’s scheme to cause division at its onset. I refuse to be his puppet on a string!