So give yourselves to God. Stand against the devil, and he will run away from you. James 4:7
There are two things I see here; one, we are to give ourselves to God. Some translations say submit, but both words denote complete surrender. No more me, me, me, but what can I do for You, Father.
The second is something we must do–stand against the devil. He does NOT go away quietly and leave you alone. ‘Oh, sorry, I forgot you gave yourself to God!’ will NEVER come out of his mouth. He will try everything he can to try to get you back, but if you keep resisting, he will run away like the chicken he is.
You ask how do I know these things? Because I submitted my life to God and not a day goes by that Satan doesn’t try to discourage me, lie to me, and try to cheat me out of what’s mine. It is a constant battle in my mind, but the more familiar I am with God’s Word, the easier it is to use that Word as a weapon to put him in his place.
And here’s another key, the more I testify of what God’s done for me, the more I tick the devil off. Every opportunity I get, I share with others what God’s done for me. I teach the truth of God’s Word so that others may see and walk in the same freedom.
Know the Word so you have the right tools to resist with. Satan will run away, but be prepared and keep resisting. Stay submitted to God, His plans are more important and rewarding than any of your own. Be ready to be messed with! Just because you submit to God doesn’t mean a life of ease, it means ‘game on’ devil. GAME ON!