It is easy to find ourselves telling God what we want Him to do and then get angry at Him if He doesn’t do it. James now gives seven steps for victory in this warfare.
If we follow these instructions we will not be at war with God, ourselves or others. The key to this victory is submission to God (v. 7a). This submission involves purity of mind and purity of heart (v.8b). However, anyone who wants to be submissive to God must of necessity resist the devil (v. 7b). The promise is that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us (v. 7b).
Dr. A.W. Tozer wrote: “The more I am like God the nearer I will be to God. Suppose I am sitting in my living room with a Siamese cat on my lap and my wife is several feet away in the kitchen; yet I am nearer to my wife than the cat because the cat is not like me.” Am I more like God now than I was six months ago?
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James 1:1-4How to Profit from Trials
James 1:5-8How to Deal with Trials
James 1:9-11The Perspective of Rich and Poor
James 1:12-18Loving God In Spite of Trials
James 1:19-25Qualities Needed in Trials
James 1:26-27Doers - Not Hearers Only
James 2:1-9Beware of Personal Favorites
James 2:10-18Faith is Proved by Love
James 2:19-26Faith is Proved by Works
James 3:1-8The Tongue that Needs Tamed
James 3:9-12The Lips Need to Bear Spiritual Fruit
James 3:13-18Heavenly Verses Demonic Wisdom
James 4:1-5Pride Promotes Strife
James 4:6-10Humility Cures Worldliness
James 4:11-17Don’t Boast about Tomorrow
James 5:1-6Rich Oppressors Will Be Judged
James 5:7-12Be Patient and Persevering
James 5:13-20The Prayer of Faith