Friday, April 30, 2010

James 4:7

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
(NIV)
What a wonderful formula this is! It is as simple as 1+1=2. "Submit yourselves to God..." + "Resist the devil..." = The devil runs away! I love that!

One way that this particular verse has become an integral part of my life is in those times that I am hounded by temptation. In the midst of those times I begin to feel like I cannot say no. That I must give into the temptation. I am fighting it, I am feeling frustrated, sometimes I almost feel as if I have stepped out of my body and I am yelling at myself to stop, but I am not.

Then this verse invades my mind.

Suddenly, the power of the Spirit steps in and I ... stop. I submit to God. I resist the devil and the devil scatters! This verse empowers me with the knowledge that satan doesn't actually have any power over me.

How about you? How has this verse helped you?

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