James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
In a day when many people fear the Devil, and when Hollywood takes advantage of this fear for the sake of the dollar, the true child of God needs no such fear. Many people around the world fear the wicked one more than the Creator of all. Let me also add that Satan cannot be stopped by any earthly object – a Hollywood invention.
When a person gets saved by believing in Christ for salvation, the child of God gains a new Father – God Himself. The Holy Spirit moves within, and being God, He is infinitely more powerful than the created being called Satan.
This Bible verse is very clear in what it teaches. There are three statements in it, and the end result, seen in the last statement, is that Satan “will flee” when the terms are met. Of course, once he does that, he is defeated in his evil intent at that moment. Be aware, though, that he or his evil servants will be back.
Christian, the first term is to “submit” or surrender to God. This means a wholehearted surrender. Be genuinely surrendered to God to do His will. Really seek first the Kingdom of God and let His indwelling Spirit guide you.
Then, be sure to stand up to and “resist” Satan’s devices (temptations), and do not yield to them. Ask God to protect you and let Him take care of Satan. Keep your eyes on Christ and His great strength, and when you do, victory will be yours because of Christ’s power which already defeated Satan on the Cross two Millennia ago. Faith in Christ’s ability to deliver is the answer to Christian victory.
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When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they endured a lot of hardships. It was not without a reason, however, and God explained His reason for it in this way in Deuteronomy 8:3 “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”
God wanted His children to understand that the things that sustain life here are not the same things that give us real life – God’s kind. By this I mean that biologic life is not at all the same as spiritual life. Neither can having biological life ever bring forth spiritual life.
Being “spiritual” is becoming a more and more popular concept, but it is only pseudo-spirituality. It is just a substitute for the real thing. It is commendable that some people want a greater spiritual depth to their life, but they go about it in the wrong way.
In the above verse, God declared that the purpose of their trials was so that they might learn that the spiritual life that God wants to give us will only come from one Source – the Bible. Getting that life cannot be obtained in a class, with a degree, or even a ceremony. It only comes from God Himself.
Some people look for a better life, or for immortality – as I mentioned in my last post – from science, thinking that it can provide all the answers to life’s problems. Well, it can’t!
God says that if you want true life from God then you need to know what His Word says about it – which I am summarizing in this blog post. Someone once said that there is a vacuum-shaped hole in the heart of every person, and that it can only be satisfied by God Himself. True – and God put it there.
In order to get the true life that God offers, there first must be a hunger for it. You need to recognize, like I did many years ago, that you are a sinner and that that sin keeps God at a distance from you. None of us are good in His eyes: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
Then, the Word of God tells us that our sin is sending us to Hell. We see this in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death.” This refers to the price tag of sin against a holy God, and it refers to both physical and spiritual death. He cannot let sin enter His Heaven, and His justice cannot let sin go unpunished.
This problem leaves us all in a real dilemma: God loves us, but His justice demands the penalty to be paid and He has already condemned us. This is why Christ had to come. He stood on the receiving end of God’s wrath against our sin on the Cross and paid for us what we could never pay.
In reference to the verse above, Jesus boldly declared, in John 6:51: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
He was not referring, of course, to literally eating Him in order to gain the life He offered. Instead, He explained it in an earlier verse: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
The sinner must come to Christ, humbly in prayer, confessing their sin and asking for forgiveness. Then they must ask Christ to give them the life He offers, which is pardon, and eternal life for those who believe it. Notice that He also said if you partake of Him through receiving Him in prayer, that He said you would never hunger or thirst – this means your spiritual life will be satisfying because He moves into your heart and life and will be with you forever! His presence brings salvation.
Do you have this kind of bread – and life – today?
Bringing God’s Great Truths to Light, Evangelist Mike Valles
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