James 4:7-10 (NLT)
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.


James, the half brother of Jesus, writes, �Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.� Humility takes away pride and arrogance and allows us to see our sins. It is then we find sorrow, grief and sadness for departing from God. Our sadness is short lived; for the Lord sees our humility and lifts us up in honor. James reminds us to resist the devil and he will flee from us for we have a divided loyalty between God and the world. Satan always offers the world, but in the end there is no reward in his offer.


In the book of Matthew, ��Jesus responded, �The Scriptures also say, �You must not test the Lord your God.�� Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. �I will give it all to you,� he said, �if you will kneel down and worship me.� �Get out of here, Satan,� Jesus told him. �For the Scriptures say, �You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.�� Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.� Jesus resisted the devil and the devil fled seeing he could not tempt Jesus. God then sent his angels to minister to Jesus. The words of James are a roadmap for staying close to God and also for repentance when we do pull away from God. God never flees from us, but instead is always willing to draw near as we truly repent in our hearts. The world will let you down, but God will lift you up in honor.