James 4:7 Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
RESIST=anthistémi in the greek and it means to stand against, withstand, I take a stand against, oppose, resist.
In the time of spiritual warfare, the believer must know with assurance that the enemy is already defeated and that we have the Victory through Christ Jesus.
The call is to "RESIST" temptation!
We know the enemy comes to tempt us to sin against God, but we must purpose in our hearts that when he does, we will fight against it with prayer, the Word of God and the leading of God's Holy Spirit who will give us the needed strength and sustaining power to stand against it.
We are reminded in scripture that the enemy will leave for a little while and when the opportunity presents itself again, he will come back. This is why we must daily put on the armor of God so that we can fight against the wiles of the devil.
Luke 4:13-When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.
If satan tries to tempt Jesus, where does that leave us? We know we are not greater than the Master so we are a guaranteed target for him.
Spiritual warfare is real people of God! It's the battle of the mind. This is where the thoughts of temptation to sin originates.
Temptation is caused by the appetite of our desires. What we see with our eyes, what we lust for and what we eventually tell our minds about the pleasures that sin will give us.
Everyone of us knows what are temptations are. We have to face them and deal with them. ALL OF US, INCLUDING MYSELF!
We can try to hide our temptations, lie about them, deny or ignore them, but they are there and will continue to resurface if not dealt with. They show up at the doorsteps of ALL of our minds on a daily basis and we must face them with God's Authoritative Word.
Temptation is a daily battle that fights everyone at every opportunity, but we as the people of God can fight and win with God's Holy Spirit who indwells us as the people of God.
James 1:14-But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion).
People of God, you must remember that when the temptation comes to sin against God, you too have a choice.
Jesus resisted satan and rebuked him with the Word of God and we have to do the same.
One point I want to make is the fact that we can not resist the devil with the Word of God if we do not know it. We have to study it, hide it in our hearts and apply it to our lives people of God! The Word of God is our weapon in spiritual warfare.
No Word in you means no resistance of the devil's temptation when He comes your way. Get busy! Get in the Word and start today if you have not been!
The days in which we live are evil and perilous. Without the power of God's Word ordering our steps, we will give into defeat, not knowing that victory through Christ Jesus had already been made available to us over 2k years ago at the Cross.
2 Corinthians 2:14- I am grateful that God always makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory. God also helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume.
The enslaving power of sin CAN and MUST be broken in the life of the believer.
It is the will of God that we present our bodies to God as slaves of righteousness and not to the devil as slaves to sin.
People of God, you MUST RESIST the temptations and snares of the enemy for your life now and future depends on you doing just that.
Submit to God through the authority of His Word and you will be able to "RESIST" the temptations of the enemy.
People of God, there is some "GOOD NEWS" for you on today!
(1) The victory has been won at the cross through Christ shed blood.
(2) God has given you the necessary tools needed for victory. Yes, He has given us instructions in His Word on how to overcome and defeat temptation every time it shows up at the forefront of our minds.
Prayer is also a tool that God has also given us in our time of need. When temptation shows us, RUN with confidence to God's throneof grace for the help you need is defeating the temptations of the adversary that comes to destroy your eternal future with God the Father.
The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, our Helper is in us and if we obey His leading in our lives, we WILL come out as victorious in the end.
People of God your ONLY option is either victory or defeat! You will determine your own lot by who you choose to surrender you will to.
God or satan? Who have you submitted to? You must surrender to God and RESIST the devil!
Believe it or not but GOD is our only way of escape!
People of God, you MUST "RESIST"!
RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE! God's Word promise you this on today!