James 4:7 Submit to Resist

James 4:7 (KJV)
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The Bible says that the way to resist the devil is to submit to God.

It’s no wonder that so many Christians experience terrible oppression by evil. (A devil cannot possess a Christian because the Holy Spirit already possesses him.) Nevertheless, there is a general movement among Christianity in America (assuming they are truly saved) toward liberality. The idea of Christianity today is that, since where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, then just about anything can pass for Christianity. The concept of submission has been, for the most part, set aside. To submit to God is considered legalism.

It’s one or the other. Submit to God, and the devil flees or live in license and be pestered by the devils.[1]


[1] Or oppressed

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James 4:7 Submit to Resist

James 3:18 The Fruit of Righteousness

James 3:18 (KJV)
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Peace has at least three settings:

  • Peace with others
  • Peace with self
  • Peace with God

To see righteousness come to fruition in another we must,
Have this fruit of righteousness in ourselves
That is the product of a relationship with Jesus Christ. “He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”[1]

Serve the Lord and others in peace
Though the work of the believer is styled as a warfare in the New Testament, there is no place for a spirit of anger or enmity towards those we seek to convert.

Be peacemakers
That is, to be purposeful, mindful, and busy about the business of reconciling opposing parties. 

In the case of the fruit of righteousness, the parties we seek to reconcile is the lost sinner with holy God.

[1] 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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James 3:18 The Fruit of Righteousness


Numbers 23:10 The Death of the Righteous

Numbers 23:10 (KJV)
Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

Balaam had several things about him with which we would have trouble. Peter[1] and Jude[2] both call him out for selling out his ministry. On the other hand, God did speak through him (something Balak was perturbed about). Whether Balaam got to see the answer to the request of this verse in his own life is doubtful. He asked, “Let me die the death of the righteous.”

Death is a certainty for us all. Because of the nature of the corrupt human flesh, there is none righteous,[3] no not one,and all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.[4] Therefore, to die the death of the righteous is virtually impossible… Except for Jesus.

Jesus, the only man ever tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin,[5] died in the sinner’s place. “He became sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”[6] And now, because of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[7]


[1] 2 Peter 2:15 (KJV)
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

[2] Jude 1:11 (KJV)
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

[3] Romans 3:10 (KJV)
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

[4] Romans 3:23 (KJV)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

[5] Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

[6] 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

[7] Romans 10:13 (KJV)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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Numbers 23:10 The Death of the Righteous

James 1:24 What Manner of Man He Was

James 1:24 (KJV)
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

When I was very young in the ministry, a preacher named Don Smith and I planted a Platteville Baptist Church together in Platteville, CO. Pastor Smith was ten years my senior.

We had had a young man, I think 18 years old, visit our services. We followed up with a visit to his place the next week. He invited us in, offered us coffee (which we accepted), and led us into the kitchen. He took two cups from the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink, rinsed them, and set them in front of the coffee pot. He then put some fresh grounds on top of the old grounds still in the pot, added water to the old coffee in the pot, set it to brewing, and excused himself to put on some clothes. (He had greeted us at the door in shorts and no shirt.) Pastor quickly claimed Mark 16:18[1] and prayed while he was out of the room. We “enjoyed” our coffee and visit when he returned.

I got home that night to regale my wife with the tale of our “daring deeds” that day, semi-mocking the young man. Anita reminded me that when she met me, I often wore embarrassingly short shorts and went without a shirt. She reminded me that I would add water to my old coffee and pour it back through the maker. And she said she never used a dish or cup in my home that she had not personally washed because I tended to take them out of the sink and simply “rinse and re-use.” Only three years earlier, I had been exactly like that young man I was now mocking. I had forgotten what manner of man I had been.

God knows that the natural man can look himself straight in the face, put on a clean act, and soon forget what manner of man he was.

It does us well to remember from whence we came and to be diligent in the Word of God so that we do not slip back.


[1] Mark 16:18 (KJV)
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

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James 1:24 What Manner of Man He Was

Hebrews 13:6 Boldness

Hebrews 13:6 (KJV)
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

I sure want this boldness in my life.

  • I want to confidently know and speak of the Lord’s help in my life.
  • I want to not only believe but believe it in such a way that I can speak of it confidently.
  • I want the sort of boldness that is not just saying something with the mouth but boldness in the heart of what I speak.

The Lord is my helper and
I will not fear what man shall do unto me

That sort of boldness, according to this passage, is the product of two things

  • The lack of covetousness and
  • The possession of contentment

The two are complimentary. Contentment is the lack of covetousness. To covet is to lack contentment. Contentment drives away covetousness.

At the heart of this boldness is one foundational truth. Jesus said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” 

Whatever else happens, this promise fulfills us so that we may be content, we may be bold, and we may have no fear.

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Hebrews 13:6 Boldness

Hebrews 12:15-16 Careful Careful Careful

Hebrews 12:15-16 (KJV)
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

The text gives us three things to be cautious about.
Failing of the grace of God
I agree with John Gill. This is not speaking of losing salvation. That is secure in Christ. It is, however, easy for a Christian to fail grace in the sense of falling back into trusting the flesh for righteousness. The early Christians, being predominantly Hebrew, were especially prone to this.

A root of bitterness

  • Bitterness over the world’s treatment of us.  
  • Bitterness at a brother in Christ who may have if better off than us. 
  • Bitterness at the Lord because we expected something else from Him. 

Bitterness troubles and then defiles those who give it a place in their life.

A profane person
The example given is Esau, so the fornication and profanity must be in reference to his lust of the flesh over the things of the Lord.

I am thankful that salvation is secure in Christ because walking by faith takes careful study and diligent practice. Unfortunately, many a believer fails in this count.

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Hebrews 12:15-16 Careful Careful Careful

Numbers 19:5 The “One”Must Be There

Numbers 19:5 (KJV)
And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:

I am interested in the “one.” 

The word is in italics, indicating that the translators of the King James Bible supplied it. It is not physically in the Hebrew text but is implied by the text. The “one” must be there. It is impossible for the action of the text to exist without this “one.”

The context has three or four persons involved
Eleazar, the priest, supervises the action.
All that takes place happens before his eyes.

The “one” who is implied
He is found twice; he slays the sacrifice in verse three, and he burns the sacrifice in verse five.

The priest who casts in cedar, hyssop, and scarlet[1]
This may be Eleazar, but I don’t think so. Eleazar is named twice. I can’t imagine why he would not be named here if it was still him.

A man that is clean[2]
His job was to gather the ashes and remove them from the camp. He was clean when he began. This function necessarily made him unclean until the evening.

There is the “one” whose work was so important it must be performed in the sight of Eleazar, who, I believe, is looked forward to as the high priest.  The “one” is not said to be a priest. We know nothing of his background, breeding, or qualifications. We do not have a name. He is not even called “a man that is clean.” But he must be there.

In all that God does, you have to be there. I have to be there. We have to be there. We may seem invisible, barely noticeable. We are often simply implied. But the fact is, the eyes of the Great High Priest[3] are upon us.


[1] Verse 6

[2] Verse 9

[3] Jesus Christ

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Numbers 19:5 The “One”Must Be There

Hebrews 10:29 A Fearful Thing

Hebrews 10:29 (KJV)
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Because of this age of grace, people tend to think Christianity is supposed to present a kinder, gentler view of God.

Indeed, God is gracious, loving, and generous beyond description

For so loved the world….[1]

It is a grave error to take that to mean that God, in New Testament, is irrelevant. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”[2] “Vengeance belongeth to me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.[3]

The passage begins by saying those who despised Moses’s law died under two or three witnesses.[4] Our text says that there is a much sorer punishment in this new age of grace than that. To tread underfoot the Son of God is to invoke the wrath of God in such a way as is unimaginable torment; hell, and the Lake of fire.[5]

Come to Christ by faith. Live by faith. And, by faith, await the day of His appearing.


[1] John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

[2] Hebrews 10:31

[3] Hebrews 10:30

[4] Hebrews 10:28

[5] Luke 16:24 (KJV)
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

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Hebrews 10:29 A Fearful Thing

Hebrews 9:8 That Is Good News

Hebrews 9:8 (KJV)
The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

I suppose a modern Judaizer would argue that the tabernacle is not standing, but the Temple still is.[1] However, the Bible, in my estimation, makes it quite clear the Jewish system of worship is a relic of the past. The veil in the Temple was torn from the top to the bottom.[2] Jesus nailed the rituals of the Jewish system to the cross, and the meats and holy days are no longer a matter of New Testament observance.

In God’s eyes this system has already collapsed.

And that is good news. The Holy Ghost tells us that there was no way into the holiest of all, the presence of God and the throne of grace, so long as that system stood in the way.

Woe be it to those who wish to rebuild it today.


[1] Regarding orthodox Jewish worship, not the actual structure.

[2] Signifying that it was God, not man, who destroyed it.

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Hebrews 9:8 That Is Good News

Hebrews 8:8 Finding Fault

Hebrews 8:8 (KJV)
For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

The Old Testament Law, here called a covenant, was never intended to make the practitioners righteous. The point was to prove to them.

  • The high cost of sin
  • The hopelessness of earning salvation

It was meant to serve as a schoolmaster and to bring them to Christ.

It could have done nothing else but find fault. Its point was to find fault.

The trouble was that Israel didn’t get it.

God found fault with them because they could not find the fault with the law.

Rest assured that God will find fault with any attempt by man to be righteous outside of Jesus. 

Perfect righteousness only exists when we are completely hidden in Christ.

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Hebrews 8:8 Finding Fault