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James 4:7 – Obey God and Resist the Devil

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

– James 4:7

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Satan hates God as well as the people who fear God. The Bible recorded that Satan frenziedly abused Job so that he would reject God. However, Job used his actual conduct to proclaim to Satan that nothing could alter his faith and obedience to God, even death or pain could not take away his devotion to God and fear of God.

Just as God says, “Job’s determination made a coward of Satan, his faith left Satan timorous and trembling, the force of his life-and-death battle with Satan bred in Satan a deep hatred and resentment, his perfection and uprightness left Satan with nothing more it could do to him, such that Satan abandoned its attacks on him and gave up its accusations against Job before Jehovah God. This meant that Job had overcome the world, he had overcome the flesh, he had overcome Satan, and he had overcome death; he was completely and utterly a man who belonged to God. … His righteous deeds allowed him to overcome Satan and to stand fast in his testimony to God. So, too, did his righteous deeds make him perfect, and allow the value of his life to be elevated, and transcend more than ever, and make him the first person to no longer be attacked and tempted by Satan. Because Job was righteous, he was accused and tempted by Satan; because Job was righteous, he was handed over to Satan; and because Job was righteous, he overcame and defeated Satan, and stood firm in his testimony. Henceforth Job became the first man who would never again be handed over to Satan, he truly came before the throne of God, and lived in the light, under the blessings of God without the spying or ruination of Satan…. He had become a true man in the eyes of God, he had been set free …

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James 47 - Obey God and Resist the Devil

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