God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (Prov 3:34, James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5). Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:6-7).

These words from James can be found three times in scripture. It makes me think that God is writing this in all CAPS followed by a series of !!!!!!! Pride is at the root of every sin. It began before the Garden of Eden when the enemy was banished from Heaven. It continued in Adam and Eve, and it continues in every human heart when we resist submitting to a holy, perfect, and loving Father.

If we could step back and ask ourselves objectively why would we resist submitting to a loving, generous Father who knows us—our past, our character, our short-comings, and whose plan for each of us is good and perfect.

Submitting is a difficult battle because it is so complex yet crucial. Each of these pride verses is either followed or preceded by a warning about the enemy looking for someone to devour. Bob Dylan had it right when he said, “You’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord. But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”

Once again, the Holy Spirit is there to rescue us from ourselves. With His help, and only with His help,  can we resist the devil, and he will flee. 


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