James 4:7 AMPC says; So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
I’d like to say that this definition of resist, sounds a whole lot like rebellion. Sometimes you just have to rebel against the devil. When he tries to convince you of something, you just rebel against it. Isn’t that how you feel sometimes? We do it to God! We resist the right way of thinking, why not resist the wrong way? Perhaps it’s time to turn the tables on the wicked one.
Have you ever been tempted to say something you knew was wrong, but said it anyway? There was no resisting in that. You just left all restraint and let your tongue say whatever it wanted. Have you ever felt a pain in your body and just had your imagination take over? Let’s not even go with pain, let’s go with food. A commercial comes on TV for pizza and before long, you’re calling the closest delivery joint for a pizza. No restraint on your imagination.
I wonder what would happen if we took this one verse seriously? What if instead of yielding to it, we actually rebelled against it. But lets not forget the first part of that verse; Be subject or submitted to God. That means we are to submit to His Word, His ways and His nature. How can we do that if we don’t know His Word, His ways or His nature?
We’ve allowed ourselves to be led around with a ring in our nose, subject to an evil force that keeps us broke, keeps us sick, keeps us defeated. Clearly we need to stop rebelling against God and begin rebelling against the devil. We want to live a victorious and prosperous life, but we don’t want to submit to anyone but ourselves. How’s that working for you?
It only takes one victory over your flesh to empower you to do it again and again. When you submit to God, you’re submitting to His power to change and His vast supply and resources. That’s amazing! He didn’t leave you powerless. No, He sent His Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. Stop resisting God. Start resisting the devil.
Thank you Father that you’ve once again reminded us that you’ve given us all authority over all the power of the enemy, not in ourselves, but through your son, Jesus Christ. By believing in Him, we are saved. By submitting to Him we gain overcoming access through Your Spirit. Today, I ask that you fill me anew with Your Spirit, that I may conquer over my flesh and overcome every attack of the enemy. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.