Disobedience is Pride

James 4:7 (NKJV) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Submitting to God requires humility, and humble submission is simultaneously the act of resisting the enemy. Submitting and resisting is a one-step process. Not a two-step religious effort. Without humility, there is no resisting, just cooperation with the adversary.

James 4:6 (NKJV) But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Any act of disobedience is an act of pride. It demonstrates our belief that we know best. It places us in a terrifying position that no Christian in their right mind would want to be in. A place where God is resisting us. Pride brings us into partnership with the enemy. We can’t fight the enemy if we partner with him, nor can we follow Christ. Humility is our only protection against the deception of pride.

Satan represents the opposite of humility. He is the father of selfish pride. The last thing he wants us to do is to submit entirely to God. Our surrendered life is the most frightening thing to the enemy and the most destructive thing to the kingdom of darkness. When we are humble and wholly submitted to God, the devil and all his demons know who we are and tremble. We become champions for the kingdom of God, vessels fit for the Master’s use, instruments of destruction to be used against the works of darkness.

Quoted from the book, The Spiritual Warfare Manifesto

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