5 actions words, verbs; they tell what YOU need to do to have the devil flee from you. He is a formidable enemy. He is described as a prowling lion, seeking someone to devour. And that someone is you.
Have you ever watched a cat stalk, catch and then toy with a mouse until the point of death? That is what satan does with us. He stalks us, waiting for us to be vulnerable, then he catches us and toys with us until we feel we could die or would rather die than endure.
Yet God's words tell us that to have satan flee from us we must put into action the 5 words above.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:7, 8 ESV)