TO THE BIBLE: James 4:7
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ”
Alfred was beginning to doubt if he was truly born again. Since he became a Christian a month ago, he’d had several bouts with temptations to lie, cheat, and curse. “How am I ever going to overcome these temptations?” he groaned.
There are Christians, like Alfred, who struggle daily with temptations. They’re constantly trying to overcome one sinful habit or another. But it seems no matter how hard they try, they’re unable to resist. If you’ve found yourself in this quandary, the first thing I’ll tell you is not to doubt your salvation. Understand that satan isn’t so powerful that you can’t resist him; actually he’s got no power at all! The reason you haven’t resisted him yet is because you haven’t learnt enough of God’s Word to do so. When you feed on God’s Word consistently, you won’t have to struggle with temptations; no matter how they come, you’ll be ready to overcome them. That Word in you, along with the supernatural help of the Holy Spirit, will make you stand up to the task.
Don’t struggle; just put the Word inside you. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This means that God’s Word will literally transform you from someone who’s subject to his senses, to someone who walks by the spirit. What a blessing!
Dear heavenly Father, I’m edified by your Word and strengthened by your precious Holy Spirit who dwells in me. I know I’m seated in Christ, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that exists. Therefore, whenever I resist the devil in the Name of Jesus, he’s got no choice but to flee. Thank you Father in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Spend time to meditate on Proverbs 4:5-6: “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you.”