Two Steps To Victory

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

God promises that the devil will flee based on two steps on our part: Submit. Resist. 

God does not take hold of us against our will. We have to choose to submit to Him. This means being obedient to His Word, listening for His voice, and avoiding the things of the world that cause our spirits harm. 

Submitting is recognizing that God is greater. That He is the One who knows what is best for us. That it is He who has wisdom in all things. It is recognizing our dependence upon Him for grace.

We can use the Word Of God to resist the devil. It is the weapon we use in spiritual battle. When satan came to Jesus, Jesus said, "It is written."

To resist, we must daily put on the whole armor of God. We must have the humility to recognize our weakness and use God's armor as our strength. 

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:11

This is not a once and done thing. It is a daily requirement. 

Submit. Resist. And God promises that the devil will flee. By God's Word and Grace we have the victory. 


To Ponder:

How can I daily and consciously put on the armor of God to submit to Him and resist the devil?


Prayer:

Father God, 

   You have promised that if I submit and resist I will be victorious against my biggest foe. I submit my life into your hands. Help me to guard my life daily with Your Armor. To always resist diligently that I may grow more and more like You each day. 

Give me strength. I thank You for it. 

Amen 

Lori HilComment