Submit in the Greek derived from two words Hupo (hoop-o) and Tassó (tas’-so) and by definition hupo means “under authority” and tassó “to set in place”. So when James encouraged us to ‘submit ourselves before God’ in chapter 4 verse 7, he was strategically and militantly instructing us to first set or place ourselves under God’s authority. You see, once we are in the right position (prayer), then we become capable of resisting the devil and ultimately he will flee. The Message Bible paraphrased it this way, “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” Numbers 13:19 reminds us that God’s voice will never contradict or nullify God’s word!

About Noel Pinnock and Lowell Pinnock

Noel Pinnock is a published author and recognized expert with over 25 years of experience in transforming under performing companies into positions of prosperity and optimum value. He specializes in strategic, operational, and tactical services. As a nationally certified public manager, he has been responsible for overseeing many large-scale organizational transformations. We are #4given, saved by the blood of Christ.
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