By Layton Dutton Associate Pastor of Youth Calvary Baptist Church Evart Have you ever tried to take a giant dog for a walk? It may be more like the dog is taking you for a walk. They tend to have a mind of their own and pull you in the direction their desires take them. Sometimes the dog takes the path you want him to follow, but other times it\u2019s a totally different direction. You want to go left and he wants to go right. Each of you pulling and refusing to give up ground. Eventually, one side surrenders. The battle is over\u2026.at least until your dog smells some bacon cooking the next street over. You have probably heard the verse, \u201cResist the devil, and he will flee from you.\u201d (James 4:7). We look at the word \u2018resist\u2019 and think it means I just stand there refusing to move until the devil stops bugging me. But there is more to this scenario then simply standing there. Like the dog in our illustration, we are to head in the opposite direction. James 4:7-8 also state this, \u201cSubmit yourselves, then, to God\u2026.Come near to God and He will come near to you.\u201d I am not to only to staunchly resist giving into the devil, but I am to submit to and head toward God. There should be no resistance between God and myself. I am to always follow God\u2019s direction as spelled out in the Bible. What does God\u2019s Word say about my speech, actions and attitude? Then that is the direction I need to head. So, yes, \u201cresist the devil\u201d; but also, \u201csubmit to God\u201d and \u201ccome near to God\u201d. He will then \u201ccome near to you\u201d, \u201clift you up\u201d and \u201cgive you grace\u201d (James 4:6-10). To which of God\u2019s commands do you need to submit?