God only deals with one type of person – he that is humble. That is why the scriptures say God resists the proud (James 4:6). But an often overlooked aspect of this verse is the end part: …”Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
How is this possible? How do we resist Satan? There is only one way to drive this powerful and evil being away. If you submit to God, then Satan will flee from you – because he knows the power of God. Conversely, those that fail to do this will be in bondage to Satan’s desires. God’s will is that we obey Him, in all ways. That includes living by the commandments of God, something to irritates many who profess to walk the Christian life.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded.” (Jam. 4:8)
You can’t have both the world and God – it is impossible. You can try it for a while and appear righteous, but in truth, you have to hate one or the other. So if you lead a double life, you state by your actions that you hate God. You can argue this statement, but the fruits are evident.
How many casual Christians today heed the admonition of God to let their laughter be turned to mourning; their joy to heaviness? (verse 9). This is talking about getting serious towards repentance, to end the casual love of this world. Where is visible repentance and conversion today? Where is continual and substantial spiritual change? Where are the people that think like God?
God promises that if we humble ourselves in repentance before Him, He will lift us up (Jam. 4: 10). Yet most are painfully unaware today of what God is doing. Too many talk about the Bible to feel religious, but they don’t live by every word of God as Christ commanded. Yet a true Christian MUST obey God implicitly, without exception. No word of the Bible can be discarded and no man made doctrine may be inserted. Only then will we have the ability to make Satan flee – by the power of the spirit of God which is given to those that obey God.