RESIST and He Will Flee

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THIS WORLD HAS become the ultimate temptation circus. It often feels like we can’t look in any direction without something or someone coaxing us to violate our morals. Our culture praises what should be condemned and condemns what should be considered praiseworthy.

How is a Christian to live under such circumstances? How can a person remain adaptable without compromising their beliefs? How can you be guarded without becoming paranoid? How do you stay discerning without criticizing the world and everybody who lives outside of your principles? It’s impossible!

Or is it?

The Bible actually sums it up in two sentences. “Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil, he will flee” (James 4:7).

But it can’t be that simple, can it? And even if it were, there’s no way that it still applies to today’s inside-out society, right?

Surprisingly enough, it does still apply to today. Not to mention, it’s still very effective.

How? Well, the answers can actually be found in the word itself. When we take apart the word resist letter by letter, we have our own handy guide for dealing with temptation.

RESPECT your conscience – This isn’t a very popular point of view in today’s world. Especially since we live in a society that believes in subjective truth. “Do whatever feels good!” we’re told. What they don’t tell you is that such thinking actually ends up enslaving us to our imperfect desires. One of the key steps to resisting temptation is recognizing that there is a universal standard of right and wrong. A standard that was put into place by God. When you respect this balance and learn to mind your conscience, you become even more free than those who don’t live by any rules.

EVALUATE your options – The most common reason that we fall into temptation is because we think it’s the only way. We’re deceived into assuming that this one little step will satisfy our wants. However, the truth of the matter is that sin will always take you a little farther than you’re willing to go. It offers you a taste, but never gives you the full meal. Sometimes the best way to avoid this is to simply consider alternative options. The Bible tells us God will never place us in front of a temptation from which there is no escape. He will always provide another way. It’s our job to look for that alternative.

SACRIFICE your desires – This one doesn’t need much of an explanation, but it is one of the most difficult steps in the RESIST process. Human nature is exceedingly selfish and always looking out for its own needs in ways that it thinks best. The problem, however, is the fact that we really don’t know what’s best for us. Our wisdom is extremely limited. Almost like that of a toddler. They don’t understand the consequences of touching a hot stove or running across a busy parking lot. Not because they want to do themselves harm, but because they don’t know any better. Sacrificing our selfish desires is one of the best things we will ever do for our spiritual, emotional, and even physical safety.

INCREASE your biblical understanding – When you get to know a friend well enough, you begin to have a decent understanding of their likes and dislikes. You know what they want without them even having to ask. If you order coffee for them, you know how they like it, and if they ask you for ice-cream, you know what flavor to get. The same is true with God. The more you get to know Him, the better understanding you will have of His will. Spending time in the Word is one of the best ways to get to know God because He is the Word.

SEEK the Lord – As important as it is to draw wisdom from scripture, it is equally important to ask God for guidance. He knows your situation better than anyone else in your life. The creator of the universe is the most qualified source of counsel that there is, and He’s available 24/7. Don’t neglect or take for granted such a privilege.

TURN away – When all else fails, the best thing to do is turn away. Nothing is worth jeopardizing your morality over, and there is no earthly prize good enough to risk our spiritual peace for. One of the best questions to ask yourself when faced with temptation is this: “Would I do any harm by simply walking away?” Sure your pride may get a little bruised, or others might see you in a different light, but you have a responsibility to be true to yourself and your faith. If you choose to walk away from those things then you’ve done a disservice to not just those around you, but your very soul.


resist temptationRemember temptation isn’t a disease that you can catch. It’s a force to be resisted. Rise up, fellow warriors! Don’t bury your head in the sand and isolate yourself with only those who share your view of life. Jesus didn’t spend His time on earth avoiding sinners because He was afraid that they would tempt Him. Neither should we.

As Christians, we can’t be so afraid of the world that we refuse to participate in it. God clearly states in His Word that He did not give us a spirit of anxiety, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Such a spirit cannot coexist with the fear of temptation.

Remember James 4:7. “…Resist the devil and he will flee.”

Not “maybe” or “perhaps”. It says that he will.

THIS WORLD HAS become the ultimate temptation circus. It often feels like we can’t look in any direction without something or someone coaxing us to violate our morals. Our culture praises what should be condemned and condemns what should be considered praiseworthy.

How is a Christian to live under such circumstances? How can a person remain adaptable without compromising their beliefs? How can you be guarded without becoming paranoid? How do you stay discerning without criticizing the world and everybody who lives outside of your principles? It’s impossible!

Or is it?

The Bible actually sums it up in two sentences. “Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil, he will flee” (James 4:7).

But it can’t be that simple, can it? And even if it were, there’s no way that it still applies to today’s inside-out society, right?

Surprisingly enough, it does still apply to today. Not to mention, it’s still very effective.

How? Well, the answers can actually be found in the word itself. When we take apart the word resist letter by letter, we have our own handy guide for dealing with temptation.

RESPECT your conscience – This isn’t a very popular point of view in today’s world. Especially since we live in a society that believes in subjective truth. “Do whatever feels good!” we’re told. What they don’t tell you is that such thinking actually ends up enslaving us to our imperfect desires. One of the key steps to resisting temptation is recognizing that there is a universal standard of right and wrong. A standard that was put into place by God. When you respect this balance and learn to mind your conscience, you become even more free than those who don’t live by any rules.

EVALUATE your options – The most common reason that we fall into temptation is because we think it’s the only way. We’re deceived into assuming that this one little step will satisfy our wants. However, the truth of the matter is that sin will always take you a little farther than you’re willing to go. It offers you a taste, but never gives you the full meal. Sometimes the best way to avoid this is to simply consider alternative options. The Bible tells us God will never place us in front of a temptation from which there is no escape. He will always provide another way. It’s our job to look for that alternative.

SACRIFICE your desires – This one doesn’t need much of an explanation, but it is one of the most difficult steps in the RESIST process. Human nature is exceedingly selfish and always looking out for its own needs in ways that it thinks best. The problem, however, is the fact that we really don’t know what’s best for us. Our wisdom is extremely limited. Almost like that of a toddler. They don’t understand the consequences of touching a hot stove or running across a busy parking lot. Not because they want to do themselves harm, but because they don’t know any better. Sacrificing our selfish desires is one of the best things we will ever do for our spiritual, emotional, and even physical safety.

INCREASE your biblical understanding – When you get to know a friend well enough, you begin to have a decent understanding of their likes and dislikes. You know what they want without them even having to ask. If you order coffee for them, you know how they like it, and if they ask you for ice-cream, you know what flavor to get. The same is true with God. The more you get to know Him, the better understanding you will have of His will. Spending time in the Word is one of the best ways to get to know God because He is the Word.

SEEK the Lord – As important as it is to draw wisdom from scripture, it is equally important to ask God for guidance. He knows your situation better than anyone else in your life. The creator of the universe is the most qualified source of counsel that there is, and He’s available 24/7. Don’t neglect or take for granted such a privilege.

TURN away – When all else fails, the best thing to do is turn away. Nothing is worth jeopardizing your morality over, and there is no earthly prize good enough to risk our spiritual peace for. One of the best questions to ask yourself when faced with temptation is this: “Would I do any harm by simply walking away?” Sure your pride may get a little bruised, or others might see you in a different light, but you have a responsibility to be true to yourself and your faith. If you choose to walk away from those things then you’ve done a disservice to not just those around you, but your very soul.


resist temptationRemember temptation isn’t a disease that you can catch. It’s a force to be resisted. Rise up, fellow warriors! Don’t bury your head in the sand and isolate yourself with only those who share your view of life. Jesus didn’t spend His time on earth avoiding sinners because He was afraid that they would tempt Him. Neither should we.

As Christians, we can’t be so afraid of the world that we refuse to participate in it. God clearly states in His Word that He did not give us a spirit of anxiety, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Such a spirit cannot coexist with the fear of temptation.

Remember James 4:7. “…Resist the devil and he will flee.”

Not” maybe” or “perhaps”. It says that he will.

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