James 4:7, 8 - How To Deal With Temptation.

James 4:7, 8 (ESV) Submit yourselves 
therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee 
from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near 
to you.  


Needed For Victory 
   These three sentences are typical James: 
he offered practical instructions as he 
exhorted believers to live a righteous life. Look at 
these points one at a time. 
   	SUBMIT TO GOD  The word submit 
means "to subordinate to, obey, or become subject 
to another person." When done voluntarily out 
of love, submission to others is an act of 
humility and service. It is also recognized as an act 
of obedience to Christ. 
   	RESIST THE DEVIL  Christians are 
not commanded to bind Satan, but rather to 
resist him. Only God can conquer Satan, but every 
believer can resist him. We can follow Jesus' example 
in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13) and respond to 
Satan's temptation with truth from Scripture. 
   	DRAW NEAR TO GOD  How encouraging 
to know that when we draw near to God, He 
immediately comes closer to us! So how do we draw near 
to God? We repent of our sin, and we purge our 
lives of unrighteousness. 
   Like many of God's commands, these are 
simple to understand but not easy to do. Rely on 
God's Spirit to help you, one practical step at a 
time. [Being Still With God Every Day by Henry 


   You may be surprised to know that testing 
and temptation can have a positive effect in the 
life of a believer. Its been said that 
Christians are a lot like teabags: you dont know 
what theyre made of until you put them in hot 
   Sometimes when things are going well, we 
become more vulnerable to temptation. When we 
cant always make ends meet or were sick or 
were having challenges, we are dependent on God. 
But when things are going well and we have a 
little extra money in the bank or our health is 
good, we can become complacent, lazy, and 
ultimately susceptible. That is when temptation will 
   Thats when it hit David. There are two 
names that actually sum up the life of David: 
Goliath, who reminds us of Davids greatest 
victory, and Bathsheba, who reminds us of Davids 
worst defeat. David fell into sin with Bathsheba 
after he had been successful and ruled for many 
years. He was kind of kicking back and taking a 
spiritual vacation. And in his moment of idleness, 
temptation came. 
   As the old adage says, You cant 
stop a bird from flying over your head. But you 
can stop him from building a nest in your 
   The Bible says, Therefore submit to 
God. Resist the devil and he will flee from 
you (James 4:7 NKJV). Notice this doesnt say 
to have extended conversations with the devil. 
Nor does it say to check out what he is 
offering, just so you know. It says to resist him. 
   Temptation isnt a sin; its a call 
to battle. And there is a blessing waiting for 
the man or the woman who resists temptation. [By 
Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

   Sometimes we fight and struggle and push 
against our addictions and ongoing temptations when 
we need to surrender - not to their power over 
us but to God's power over them. We wouldn't 
keep falling and slipping if it were possible to 
overcome these chronic battles on our own. But when 
we quit giving our issues power over us, and 
instead focus on our relationship with God, then we 
give him room to work in us. 
   If you want to be a man or woman of 
integrity, then maybe it's time to submit to God like 
never before. Maybe that's where your fight 
begins. Then with Christ's power, you'll be able to 
resist the devil and his temptations. Tragically, 
so many people do the opposite. They resist the 
promptings of God and give in to the temptations of the 
Evil One. But that will not be you. And it won't 
be me. 
   Instead, we will live with integrity. 
Because our lives are not about us. We will not 
gratify the self-centered lusts of our flesh because 
we are born of the Spirit. We will not allow 
God's loving truth to slide into the quicksand of 
popular opinion and allow ourselves to sink into 
lower standards. We will guard our peace and not 
allow others to rob us of our purpose, passion, 
and power. 
   Submit to God.
   Resist the devil.
   He will flee.
   You will overcome. [Daily Power by Craig 

   "Come near to God," James writes, "and he 
will come near to you." What a sweet, simple 
thought! If we deliberately crowd in close to God, He 
will crowd in close to us. One woman used to 
describe such closeness as cuddling up in the Lord's 
lap, snuggling in tight, embracing Him, and 
feeling His nearness. But then, after a prolonged 
period of terrible suffering in her life, that 
picture changed. From then on, closeness to God 
meant collapsing, absolutely fainting, and falling 
back into God's arms - and then feeling Him carry 
   This may be a time in your life when you 
face emotional or physical pain. Take a minute to 
memorize James 4:8. Draw as close to God as you know 
how, and you will find He is also drawing close 
to you. As He does, you will sense His power 
and have the courage to keep going, carried 
along in His arms. 
   Lord, this sense of being close to You 
isn't something syrupy or sentimental. It is life 
itself! It's the reason for drawing breath each day. 
Please keep me from drifting from You because of 
unconfessed sin, neglect, or a hundred other lesser 
preoccupations. I need to sense You are carrying me today. 
Thank You for being so close. [A Spectacle of 
Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 


   We often make plans without even 
consulting God. Then we pray and ask God to bless our 
plans, even though we didnt ask him to take part 
in them. We just assume that our plans are his 
will. Then, when our plans dont happen on the 
timetable we want or they dont happen at all, we 
get angry with God. Thats called pride, and 
God hates pride. 
   There are probably a lot of people you 
wouldnt want to oppose, but you really dont want 
to be opposed by God. Theres no way youre 
going to win that one. When youre prideful, the 
Bible says youre in opposition to God at that 
very moment. In fact, youre operating as an 
enemy of God anytime you get full of pride. 
Thats how serious it is. So, what does it mean to 
surrender yourself and your plans to God? 
   Romans 6:13 says, Give yourselves to 
God, as those who have been brought from death to 
life, and surrender your whole being to him to be 
used for righteous purposes (GNT). 
Surrendering means saying, God, Im going with your 
plans for my life, not my own. Ive got plans, 
Ive got dreams, Ive got goals, Ive got 
ambitions, but I know that you put me on this earth for 
a purpose, and Im going to intentionally 
choose your plan for my life instead of my own. 
   Surrendering to God is the best path to 
success because instead of him becoming part of your 
plan, he will make you a part of his plan. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 
https://pastorrick.com/devotional/ re James 4:6-7] 

   Long ago, whenever my daddy set up his 
easel and oil paints, I pulled out my cowboy 
coloring book and sat on the floor next to him, 
working with my crayons. Every once and a while, 
he'd glance down at my picture, smile, and say, 
"Nice job." But for the most part, hardly a word 
was spoken between us. An hour or two would pass 
- Daddy painting and me scribbling - yet I 
felt we were in perfect fellowship, both quietly 
delighting in each other's company. So it is between a 
contented Christian and the Lord Jesus. 
   A believer in fellowship with the Savior 
can move through a busy day, simply conscious 
that everything he or she does is blessed by 
favor and grace, as well as by a sense of God's 
pleasure and approval. Today, find delight in the 
company of Jesus. Cultivate that sense of His 
nearness. Remember that He takes great joy and 
pleasure in you. 
   As the psalmist wrote, "As for me, it is 
good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign 
Lord my refuge." Yes, Lord, it is good, sweet, 
satisfying, and peaceful to be near You. To crowd in as 
close as I can to You. To be quietly in Your 
presence as You go about Your work and I go about 
mine. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada 
and Larry Libby re Psa. 73:28] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred