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RESISTING THE ENEMY

Updated on January 27, 2008

Do you have self-control?

"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings". I Peter 5:8, 9 NIV

Jesus, our perfect example, gave us a clear understanding how to deal with the enemy of our souls. This is what Jesus said and did:

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God", he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written; He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone". Jesus answered him; "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test". Matthew 4:1-7

The book of James takes it a little further when he say: "Submit yourselves, then to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you". James 4:7 NIV

Submission is not the same as obedience. Instead, it is the surrender of one's will which leads to obedience.

James issues a series of ten (10) commands in vv. 7-10: (1) submit (2) resist (3) come near (4) wash (5) purify (6) grieve (7) mourn (8) wail (9) change (10) humble. Rather than resisting God's will for us, we should resist the devil.

In verse 8: the call to "wash your hands", is a command to make one's conduct pure. The call to "purify your hearts", insists on purity of thoughts and motives. The eager quest for pleasure had resulted in sins of the heart and hand. Four of the ten imperatives occur in verse nine (9), and all four (4) are calls to repentance. Let your change of heart be expressed unabated, fully, so that the genuiness of your repentance cannot be hidden.

In verse 10 the specific form of humbling is that of repentance for the sin of transferring affections from God to pleasures of the world. The designation "double-minded" is used somewhat differently than in 1:8. Here it describes the attempt of the readers to love God and the pleasures of the world at the same time.

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    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Jonathan, I certainly will check out this new book.

      God Bless

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      9 years ago

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    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      10 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you writemyown, for your comment.

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      writemyown 

      10 years ago

      GREAT HUB SATAN GOES TO AND FRO

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      Wehzo 

      10 years ago

      Thank you SirDent for your contribution to this hub.

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      SirDent 

      10 years ago

      Nice hub. It speaks to the heart and soul and feeds those who will eat of it. It is the bread of life.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      10 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Idunn for your gracious comment. Once we know the direction we should go, it's incumbent upon us to move, with a certain zeal, in that direction.

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      IĆ°unn 

      10 years ago

      happiness is not being powerful or getting everything your way. it's amazing to me how few people realize that. once again, you offer such solid direction with your Hubz. :)

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      Wehzo 

      10 years ago

      Absolutely Peter, surrendering is something we have to practice at, but is crucial to being an overcomer.

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      Peter M. Lopez 

      10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Great stiff. Wehzo. Surrender is key.

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      Wehzo 

      10 years ago

      Thank you LdsNana-AskMormon. I do enjoy writing , and presenting the Gospel to whoever will listen. Thank you again for being so gracious.

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      Kathryn Skaggs 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      Nice to 'hear' you Whezo. Don't work too hard. I really enjoy how you write and present the Gospel.

      tDMg

      LdsNana-AskMormon

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      Wehzo 

      10 years ago

      I am doing well LdsNana-AskMormon, thanks for asking. I hope you too are well. We are back to working 6 and 7 days a week, so I don't have as much time as I would like to write, and to comment on many of these wonderful hubs. You said it beautifully when you said, "Obedience is a desire of the heart". Thank you for your comment. Thank you too writemyown. I appreciate your contribution to this discussion.

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      writemyown 

      10 years ago

      FROM KING JAMES VERSION STUDY BIBLE

      1 PETER 5;8-9 (KJV) 8 BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT, BECAUSE YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, AS A ROARING LION, WALKETH ABOUT SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR; 9 WHOM RESIST STEADFAST IN FAITH, KNOWING THAT THE SAME AFFLICTIONS ARE ACCOMPLISHED IN YOUR BRETHREN THAT ARE IN THE WORLD

      MATTHEW 4:1-7 (KJV) THEN JESUS LED UP OF THE SPIRIT INTO THE WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL 2 AND WHEN HE HAD FASTED FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS, HE WAS AFTERWARD AND HUNGRED 3 AND WHEN THE TEMPTER CAME TO HIM, HE SAID IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, COMMAND THAT THESES STONE BE MADE BREAD 4 BUT HE ANSWER AND SAID IT IS WRITTEN, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD 5 THEN THE DEVIL TAKETH HIM UP INTO THE HOLY CITY, AND SETTETH HIM ON A PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE, 6AND SAITH UNTO HIM, IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD , CAST THYSELF DOWN; FOR IT IS WRITTEN, HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING THEE; AND IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP , LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE 7 JESUS SAID UNTO HIM IT IS WRITTEN AGAIN,'THOU SHALT NOT TEMPT THE LORD THY GOD.

      JAMES 4: 7 SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE TO GOD RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU

      JAMES 8 DRAW NIGH TO GOD , AND HE WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU. CLEANSE YOUR HANDS, YE SINNERS AND PURIFTY YOUR HEARTS,YE DOUBLE MINDED,

      9 BE AFFLICTED, AND MOURN, AND WEE LET YOUR LAUGHTER BE TURNED TO MOURNING, AND YOUR JOY TO HEAVINESS.

      10 HUMBLE YOURSELVES IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD , AND HE SHALL LIFT YOU UP

      JAMES 4 7-10

      7 RESIST THE DEVIL 8 CLEANSE YOUR HANDS 9 REPENT

      10 REFER YOU TO MATTHEW 23;12 AND WHOSOEVER SHALL EXALT HIMSELF SHALL BE ABASED; AND HE THAT SHALL HUMBLE HIMSELF SHALL BE EXALTED.

      (THE WARNING IS AGAINST SEEKING TITLES OF HONOR TO FOSTER PRIDE.

      OBVIOUSLY WE SHOULD AVOID UNREASONABLE LITERALISM IN APPLYING SUCH COMMANDS)

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      Kathryn Skaggs 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      Wehzo -

      How are you my friend?

      I am in complete unity with you, on how you taught this doctrine of resisting the adversary. I love that you brought to light the principle of obedience and submitting our wills...

      I believe that you expressed it well when you say that obedience is born out of submission to God's will, and not the act itself, of following Him. Obedience is a desire of the heart and is spiritual, whereas submitting is actually work... that is contrary to the natural man. So, this goes beautiful in testifying to the doctrine of...

      after the trial of our faith, come the blessings.

      At least this is what I heard you teaching...

      Obedience is the first law of Heaven. It is a Celestial Law. God who is LAW - is SO, because of His Perfect Obedience to LAW. If not... God would cease to be God.

      It Is this perfection in Him, therein, which we have full confidence - that He will keep His covenants with us, as we submit our wills to Him - so that we might be at one, with Him.

      tDMg

      LdsNana-AskMormon

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      Wehzo 

      10 years ago

      Thank you JosiahOneil for vistiting, and for your gracious comment. I will definitely be vistiting your hubs.

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      JosiahOneil 

      10 years ago

      Awsome stuff. I love seeing the word of God open and clear. I am new to this hub page thing, but am trying to write as much as I can, it seems to be a great venue for sharing the gospel, and being an outspoken christian in a culture of cowardice. I think you would like some of my hubs.

      josiah

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