JAMES 4:7 - 8 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you...
The subject of the devil is one I don't really like to dwell on much...But I do think it is important for us all to know the truth about this mysterious creature sometimes known as Satan or Lucifer. I think sometimes we all may give him far more power than he really has. That is a mistake. On the other hand, I know there are some who discount him altogether, even laughing at the idea of a real devil. They imagine some character with horns that runs around in a red suit with a pitchfork in hand. That of course is not what the Bible teaches. The devil is a magnificently beautiful fallen spirit being, with a well-organized network of demon forces. When we become Christians, we recognize that there is right and wrong, good and evil. There are standards to live by. So the devil begins to tempt us and tries to bring us down. There is a VERY real spiritual battle going on every day rather we are aware of it or not. However, our focus should NEVER be on Satan. We should always be looking to God instead. If we are in a state of humble obedience to God, submitted to Him, we CAN resist the devils temptations. God has put a protective hedge around every Christian and He will not let us be tempted beyond our ability to resist...1 Corinthians 10:13. We should never underestimate our adversary. He is real, and he is dangerous. We would all be wise to flee temptation, and not leave a forwarding address...I personally love the part of the verse where it says, when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us.
These last couple of weeks where I have been soo sick with pneumonia I have at times literally felt the spiritual battle going on around me. I have been weak and vulnerable and Satan as always knows my weaknesses and doesn't miss his opportunities to swoop in and mess with my spirit and heart. My husband prayed with me every morning before he left the house that God would send His mighty angels to do battle for me. How grateful I am that we have the authority in Jesus to do this and that He is our strength, for we are weak. We can put on His whole armor and He then battles for us. How wonderful is this?
I am feeling much better today; stronger, not only physically but spiritually as well. How very grateful I am that when we resist Satan he does flee from us, and when we draw near to God, He does draws near to us! Just doesn't get any better. Have a wonderful week, and may we all remember the power we have in Him.
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