Bible Promise for the Day – Power Over the Enemy Called Satan

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

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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Bible Promise for the Day – Getting the Thought Life Under Control

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

Christians often find that they have trouble in their thought life. They have difficulty in bringing their thoughts under control, and unpleasant or wrong thoughts can suddenly erupt, and this often occurs when trying to pray or when idle.

Of course, having these thoughts makes it very difficult to honor God in the mind or in the life, since the one follows the other. Until the mind can gain control over the thoughts, there will never be much true victory in the life. Satan is often the source.

This verse provides a clue as to how victory can be obtained. The verse first tells the believer to “Commit thy works unto the LORD,” which means to make a determined decision about serving God. You choose to serve Him and to follow His leading. Make it part of your decision that you are not turning back on that decision, too.

This means it cannot be a half-hearted decision that implies that you will see if you like it – and if not, you will quit. There is no determination there and you are not fooling God. Think about God’s decision to save you. Once Christ was born of Mary – there waited a Cross for Him one day. He did not think twice about giving all for you.

After you make that commitment, God will want you to spend much time in the Word. God will begin to keep the wrong thoughts under control for you, and will help you to get even greater control. As you spend more time in the Word, you will discover that He has changed your thought life altogether.

Old thoughts will return from time to time as Satan throws temptations your way. With God’s help, though, He will give you the victory and you will thank Him for it. Be in prayer along with meditating on the Word, and you will begin to discover a victory you did not think possible.

Remember, God’s Word is plain to those who will believe it. The promises and their answers and blessings are for them, too.