James 4:7 (NLT)
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Over the last month we examined two stories of spiritual preparedness and two stories of spiritual unpreparedness. I have encouraged you to have the mindset, “despite what it looks like on the outside, I know my blessings are on the inside,” “fast without hesitation,” “have a, ‘But if You say so’ mindset with Christ,” and “trust God enough to know that when God sends you out, He is not sending you out alone.” As we close out this spiritual preparedness series, today’s scripture sums the formula for spiritual preparedness: humility plus resistance equals preparedness.
Consider the following:
In all of the examples there was a commonality of a component of humility and resistance. The individuals who were unprepared either were not humble and felt like they had the best solution or initially resisted God’s plan or instruction altogether. On the contrary, persons who were prepared had a spirit of humility because they drew close to God and resisted the desire to do things their way. Today, I submit to you one simple suggestion, if you are still struggling with being spiritually prepared: Humble yourselves before God - align yourself with God’s perfect will. Resist the devil - withstand temptation towards temporary self-fulfillment mentally, physically, and emotionally, and he (the devil) will flee from you. This is achieved through prayer (building your relationship with God) and supplication (to plead humbly). Ultimately, spiritual preparedness is understanding that God knows best and you are to completely yield your desires to God’s will. This yielding in conjunction with putting on your whole armor and resisting your flesh in all forms such as greed, gluttony, lust, envy, sloth, wrath, and pride, will indeed make you spiritually prepared.