Hello friends, hope you are doing great but if not I pray that all things work out for you in Jesus name amen 🙂
Last week, I was led to publish a blog message on “battles of the mind and soul: Resisting the Enemy by Focusing“ citing that distractions try to steal our focus and veer us off the fulfillment of who God has called us to be. Distractions include taunting, manipulative strategy of the enemy through words, sights, people, places etc but the good news is we have the divine enablement from God to resist the enemy!
Today, I want to continue with Resisting the enemy by Submitting to God from James 4:7 which says” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee”
THE KEY TO RESIST THE ENEMY IS TO SUBMIT TO GOD: Resisting the devil requires our submission to God. It means submitting the corruption of our carnal selves and the sensual desires that are ever warring in our bodily members (James 4:1-2) to God. Do you know the war within ourselves often comes from the corruption of our own hearts which often eat at us? And it easily opens a channel for the enemy to stir restlessness and distraction in our soul. Please consider reading James 4:1-7 today. That is why we ought to SUBMIT our ourselves to God constantly and invite the holy spirit into our hearts to take over! Do you know Christ? If you don’t, i pray that you receive Jesus christ into your life right now as your Lord and savior; this is what enables me in my everyday walk. Now when I submit to something/someone, I am under the covering of that thing/person and automatically I partake of whatever flows from that office or high thing to which i submit. When I submit to something/someone, I am also under the authority of that thing so by reason of my positioning—- of submission— I can legally operate in and under the authority of that thing. so when we submit to God, we are in positioning to draw from his limitless wells of power! But will we submit to God as James says?….
WELL, WHAT KIND OF SUBMISSION? The kind of submission God is talking about is not submission with a malicious intent to abuse or manipulate you- O no! but rather to EMPOWER you to overcome. See, in the same scripture in vs. 6, he says “..But God gives us MORE GRACE (power of the holy spirit)”..Gods desire is for you to use the authority and resident power he has offered to secure your positioning ever so firmly, so that in him, you can resist the devil when he comes at you! I don’t know about you but the enemy loves to come at me every time lol so i am careful to ABIDE at my post, that is in my victorious positioning in God by submitting to him lest the enemy has an advantage over me. Never in Jesus name!
WHY SHOULD I SUBMIT TO GOD: When you wholeheartedly submit to God
- you invite the holy spirit to take charge
- you are overshadowed by and FOCUSED on the power to which you have submitted to
- you die to self so that the provocations of the enemy don’t yield much return, if any at all.
- you submit to the truth of his word which says he will keep your mind at peace
- you submit your carnal disposition for his divine empowerment so you see as he sees and thinks as he thinks
- you operate from a renewed mindset which says “I don’t have to be governed by my feelings”
Feeling inner-wrestles? Submit them to the Lord in prayer and shut the door the enemy uses to access your soul. Open the door to the love of the Lord, the help of the holy spirit, the truth of his word, the redeeming power of the holy spirit and submission. In christ, you are being empowered to resist the enemy and emerge victorious always! Dwell (focus, abide in, remain,hold on) the unchangeable word and promises of the Lord:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
The Lord has good plans for you his child and he will sort you out! Resist the enemy by submitting to Him !Stay blessed okay
Next post, I will resume the #Fruit Series speaking about Love(Agape)…