Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
The word [YOU] in James 4:7-8 is very important. It’s mentioned five times. While [YE] is mentioned two times.
Let’s pay close attention to James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God.” I want to connect the [YOU] to the word [SUBMIT].
Y.O.U used as an acronym stands for: Yield Oneself United with God!
Submit means to give over or yield to the power or authority of another. [www.dictionary.com]
Y.O.U + SUBMIT = UNITING WITH GOD!
Are you united with God?
Not sure? Then here is how you can tell.
1. Resit The Devil v. 7 Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
If the devil has your name on his radar and is on the war path in your life then you are doing something right that he does not like. He is putting obstacles between you and God trying to get you to retreat by giving up and quitting.
The more you resist him the more he will continue to return. You can’t do anything about how often he returns but you can do something about how long he stays. God said, “resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
There are two main ways you can resist the devil.
- Pray to God and ask him to help you through this temptation. Continue to ask, beg, and plead with God over and over again. He wants to see how serious you are.
- Use the Bible against the devil to make him flee.
Some good examples are…
Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Psalms 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Knowing and understanding the bible is important. Because memorizing several verses will not be enough. The devil will attack your weakness. He will attack every faucet of your life possible to deceive you.
Since he will attack many different areas of your life then knowing what scripture in the bible to use to defend against him will be a plus.
2. Cleanse Your Hands v. 8 Cleanse your hands, ye sinners.
Every day we do things to get our hands dirty. So before we eat we should wash them with an antibacterial soap to get rid of the dirt and germs.
In our christian life we do things that dirty our hands. Things we touch, pickup, take, etc. Some things we do with our hands are just as sinful and wrong as if we had thought about it with our mind.
That leads us to point three.
3. Purify Your Hearts (Mind) v. 8 Purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Your heart is the same as mind. Controlling what goes through your mind is a difficult task. Because there are so many factors that come into play that create thoughts for you to think about.
A thought is triggered by the five senses which are sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch. Each one can be good or bad.
You have very little control over what goes into your mind but you do have full control how long it stays there.
If it’s bad don’t allow it linger to long. Get it out as soon as possible because the longer it stays the more damage it does. Filter out what goes in the best you can but be sure to trash the bad when it’s identified.
As long as you resist the devil, cleanse your hands, and purify your hearts (minds) then you draw nigh to God.
4. Draw Nigh To God v. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh you.
This is not a tug of war match where one group of people are trying to over power another group of people pulling on a rope in different directions. It’s the opposite where you get closer to God while he is getting closer to you.
In case you didn’t know you begin to push away from God because of sin before he pushes away from you. Most of the time God does not have to push at all.
But you can find him right where you left him. He’ll be waiting patiently for your return. Do not run away from him to long because he has work for you to do.
Are you ready to draw nigh to God?
He’s ready to draw to you. Go ahead and make the commitment to get close to God.
Maybe you’ve never accepted Jesus as your personal saviour. If not then read, “What must I Do To Be Saved?”
Y.O.U – Yield Onself United with God!