Pushing or Pulling or Praying or Praising

I hope you’re not pushing and pulling your way through life. Undoubtedly, many folks would testify that their life is one constant struggle. Come with me to the Scriptures: James 3:16-17, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (Is this your life?) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” It is easy to see the distinction between the worldly human conditions and heavenly wisdom.

In chapter 4:1-5, many aspects of the pushing and pulling of this world are described. These are believers who lust and want things, yet they are empty as they ask amiss. They try a dual friendship that will not work. The friend of the world is the enemy of God. Only through a submissive humble spirit can their need be met. (Verse 6)

In verses 7-11, the believer is given a list of imperatives that leads to victory. I will deal only with verse seven which says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” So, my friend, in an attitude of humility, we are to be under obedience to God; and we are to stand against the devil.  These steps will put you on the pathway of a changed life. Your life will no longer be characterized by the chaos of pushing and pulling but by praying and praising. Every Christian needs to pray for a humble spirit which leads to submission and when we do, we will find ourselves praising the Lord.

What I’m giving you is just the start on the road to Christian blessing. Please read verses 7 to 11 and you will find the rest of the imperatives that God lays out for the New Testament Christian to follow.

In closing, I ask you to read James 4:17.  God bless you and may each of us have the victory.


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