Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.James 4:7
and do not give the devil a foothold.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.
1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:9
Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
To the will of God, with respect to worldly things, and be content with such things as are enjoyed, and be satisfied with the portion that is allotted; it is right and best for the people of God to leave themselves with him, to choose their inheritance for them, since by all their anxious cares, their striving and struggling, their impatient desires, wars and fightings, as they cannot add one cubit to their stature, so nothing to their worldly substance; and it becomes them to submit to God in all afflictive dispensations of his providence, and be still and know that he is God; as well as to submit to his way and method of salvation by Christ, and particularly to the righteousness of Christ, for justification; and to depend upon him for supplies of grace in the discharge of every duty, and the exercise of every grace:
resist the devil, and he will flee from you; Satan is to be looked upon as an enemy, and to be opposed as such, and to be watched and guarded against; the whole armour of God should be taken and made use of, particularly the weapon of prayer, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and the shield of faith; and also the grace of humility, than which nothing is more opposite to him: he is a proud spirit, and he endeavours to swell men with pride of themselves; and when he has worked them up to such a pitch, he is then master of them, and can manage them as he pleases; but a poor humble believer, with whom God dwells, to whom he gives more grace, and who comes forth not in his own strength, but in the strength of the Lord God, as David against Goliath, and who owns his vileness and sinfulness, and flies to the grace of God, and blood of Christ, Satan knows not what to do with him, he is puzzled, baffled, and confounded; such he leaves, from such he flees; he does not like the power of prayer, nor the strength of faith, nor the sharpness of the two edged sword, the word of God, nor the humble believer’s staff, bag, scrip, and sling.
M Henry writes:
Submit to God, ver. 7. Submit your understanding to the truth of God; submit your wills to the will of his precept, the will of his providence. Submit yourselves to God, for he is ready to do you good. If we yield to temptations, the devil will continually follow us; but if we put on the whole armour of God, and stand out against him, he will leave us. Let sinners then submit to God, and seek his grace and favour; resisting the devil. All sin must be wept over; here, in godly sorrow, or, hereafter, in eternal misery. And the Lord will not refuse to comfort one who really mourns for sin, or to exalt one who humbles himself before him.
It is God’s loving nature to quickly aid those who understand the order of creation, their circumstance and God’s omnipotence. Pride is the root of many sins. Puffed up pride led to the great angel Lucifer’s fall and name conversion to Satan. He then used it to entice Eve to ‘be like God’.
Puffed up pride is a sin no doubt. Let’s not confuse this pride with the good kind, like pride in a job well done, but let us neither elevate it beyond what it should be and usurp or forget God.
Furthermore, God has also made available spiritual resources for our use such as the spiritual armor referred to in Ephesians 6. It only works when applied. Like medicine is of no effect sitting in the bottle.
God expects us to employ the tools of the trade with His backing. When we do such, we can be assured of victory.
P. S. This victory, this success is from His perspective, in His timing but be assured we shall overcome by His might.
Father, You know best and we rely and need You desperately.
Death swallowed up in Victory! Rejoice brothers and sisters for we have the ultimate hope in Jesus. Lets give Him our all.
The world calls you foolish; the Word calls you wise: trust God completely wholly rely on God adhere to God’s Word believe Jesus agree with God give …The World Calls You Foolish
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.1 Corinthians 15:10
Thanks be unto God for making this new man, new life possible. The transformation is happening! Each day we are closer to forever glory.
Physical death for the believer is merely a commencement like a butterfly shedding its cacoon. Glory unto God almighty.
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
My pondering: Fire has its purpose when controlled. No doubt, conflict is bound to occur when you do almost anything which is bold, new or daring. But we are wise to understand the difference between fodder and principle; between fools and truth seekers.
Any fool can start a fire. A wise man understands when and where it’s purposeful and albeit sometimes inevitable yet he picks his battle fires precisely instead of carelessly, which Smokey would certainly approve.
So if we remove the brush and kindling around us that so easily ignites forest fires in our hearts and others, we all are better off.
Clear the brush!
What more can I say than if believe Him then you will see Him.