All who want to know and love God must start by aligning themselves under His authority. Alistair Begg teaches how the book of James encourages us to show such obedience based on our heart attitudes of happiness and humility. As we submit to God, we must also actively resist the devil, fighting his temptations not with some sort of spectacular spiritual warfare but with daily repentance, moral purity, and inward devotion to God.
7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
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