I'm so excited to explore a very famous passage for the next two episodes.
James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Today, we explore the history and culture of the word "submit." James uses a visual image from the military to help us learn how to live this out in our lives.
Once you understand the history and culture of that word, the bible verse comes alive.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
So, we’ve been learning from James Chapter 4 about fights between Christian believers due to the battles that rage within us from bitter greed and selfish ambition.
In the last episode, we learned that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. James continues that idea of God giving grace to the humble in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
So, what do you do when you recognize this battle within you that wants to be greedy or selfish? If we’re honest with ourselves, we all deal with. So this verse is a key verse for living a powerful life. James says you do 2 things. Submit to God and resist the devil.
In the Greek, the word “submit” is an action word. It literally means “to line up under.” It gives the idea of soldiers under the authority of their commander. What do soldiers do? They are always listening for their general’s orders. When he says “jump,” they jump. When he says “go,” they go.
The same goes for us as Christians. You make a willful decision to submit to God as your commander. This is an action that you must do. God doesn’t force your obedience.
As a Christian, this idea of submitting to God should excite you. Think about it. You submitting to God is like you being under the command of the most powerful commander of the universe – who has already won THE world war. You’re always listening for his direction. You’re always looking for circumstances where God is asking you to partner with Him. In John 5:19, Jesus said that he could do nothing on his own. He does only what he sees the Father doing. This same goes for us.
So can I encourage you to be excited today. Anticipate and always be looking for “God encounters.” These are places that God shows up throughout your day to allow you to bless others. Maybe in a phone call or text message. Maybe in a person you encounter at the gas station, maybe in your spouse’s life. You never know where God will use you today when you submit your life to Him.
Join us again tomorrow as we explore the last part of James 4:7. Resist the devil and he will flee.
So, your simple truth for today. When you feel that battle within you raging to be selfish or greedy, submit yourself to God, and watch with eager anticipation to see how God will use you to bless others.
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I’m Julie Carruth. I’ll see you again tomorrow.