Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:7b-8a)
It's almost funny how easy it sounds, isn't it? Resist the devil and draw near to God. Oh, ok.
But the problem is that the devil isn't just sitting there waiting for us to walk away from him. He's actively trying to mess with our heads and our hearts. Plus, God isn't exactly swooping in to resist the devil for us. We must draw near to Him first. Do you see the part where we have to actually act? There are two action words here: Resist, and Come. We are in control of how we respond to both God and the devil. Even choosing to do nothing is making an action choice, because either you're merely delaying making a choice, or you're actually making the choice by not resisting the devil.
So let's be people of action words today. Resist, and Draw Near. And always remember whom you are resisting, and to Whom you are drawing near. :)