Some further study into kingdom principles:
It seems like a contradiction to tell someone to submit to authority and in return they will yield authority (power), but this is absolutely the case in God’s Kingdom:
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:6b-7
Submitting to God means doing things His way. It is an acceptance of His Lordship over us. It is an acknowledgement that His wisdom and understanding are greater than ours. How else can you explain the Lord instructing us to be kind to people who are unkind? Or praying and asking God to bless someone who has hurt, used or taken advantage of us? How about giving to receive? Or having peace in the midst of turmoil? In God’s kingdom, all of these are possible through His grace and wisdom.
The following is an example of how to apply the James 4:7 scripture in our daily lives:
Let’s say you are new to a job that you very much need. Your boss hands you a stack of papers with the names, addresses and phone numbers of businesses that use the product your company manufactures. You are told to contact each business and introduce them to your company. If you are asked how you got their number, you are told to not answer and to redirect the conversation, because the list was taken from the office of a competitor. You recognize that this is wrong, but speaking up could cost you your job. What do you do?
A quick memory scan of scriptures yields the following truths:
”Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.” Leviticus 19:11
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9
“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Luke 16:13
At this point you are most likely experiencing anxiety and fear. Ignoring the situation will not make it go away because your boss expects updates on your progress. On the other hand, confronting your supervisor carries tremendous risk. So you pray, you ask advice from trusted friends and then receive their various answers:
“Don’t rock the boat. Just go along and make the calls. What’s the harm?”
“Hey, it’s business. Everybody does it. Survival of the fittest, right?”
“You need the job and the economy is tough now. Don’t mess up a good thing. God will understand.”
This is actually a temptation and a test. You are being tempted to lie, cheat and deceive people. Fear of losing your job is testing your faith. Is God your provider or not? Do you trust Him to work this out, even if you lose your job in the process?
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”1 Corinthians 10:13 New Living Translation
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:7 NLT
Jesus is the most powerful man to have walked on the earth. He healed sick people, delivered the oppressed from demonic influence, performed miracles and lived His life in perfect obedience to God, so that at the end of His earthly life He could say, “I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me…”
The right thing to do here is to speak privately with your boss and tell him you cannot in good conscience make the calls. Since he told you how the list came to be in your company’s possession, your beliefs will not allow you to contact these businesses nor lie to their representatives. Your part is to choose God’s way, which is the way of integrity, and then to trust Him with the results- good or bad.
So, back to the original verse: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Pray and ask God to intervene in your tough situation. Asking for help is a characteristic of a humble heart. “Therefore submit to God”- do things His way, in His strength and ability, in accordance with His word. Then you will be actively resisting the devil, and he (the devil) will flee from you. Whatever bad situation you are going through will come to an end. It will not go on indefinitely because you have the promise of James 4:6-7. (See also Isaiah 54:17)
I want to leave you with one final scripture. I know this post has been heavy with them but I am a Christian who loves the word, so bear with me and be blessed 🙂
“Being found in appearance as a man, He (Jesus) humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:8-11 New American Standard Bible