Today’s Reading: Leviticus 21-22; Matthew 28
Today's Thoughts: Resist the Devil
Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
As believers, we face so many obstacles that can take us out of serving the Lord. We have thoughts that control us, wants that consume us and feelings that move us. Because none of us were born understanding God’s ways, our natural inclinations work against living out a Spirit filled life. Coming to Christ means that we lay aside our natural inclinations and ask the Lord to fill us with His wisdom instead. That process is known as submitting. To submit means to be under obedience. So we take what we want to do, what we feel is right to do and what we think is best and tell the Lord that we want His Will instead. Waiting and trusting begins.
To resist the devil means that after we have submitted to God, we go to the Word of God to counteract our thoughts, feelings and wants. The devil is fully aware of who we are and how we think. As a result, he uses our desires to entice us to keep from submitting. We start questioning the love of God and His motivation. We begin to fear and hold on instead of trust and let go. We have to realize that the devil is alive and well. His desire is to use your fleshly desires against you so that you may sin against God.
Jesus resisted the devil by the Word of God. Now, if the Living Word needed to speak forth the written Word to resist the devil and have him flee, how much more do we need to submit to God in this pattern also? God has what is best for you. Believe Him, submit to Him and the devil will flee from you. It is a promise.
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