RESIST THE DEVIL. The enemy can constrict you and tighten his grip on you, but he cannot conquer you; IF you stand firm and withstand him. YET, you cannot resist the devil, BECAUSE you are not WHOLLY submitted to God. The Bible declares, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
You cannot resist temptation because you are not submitted to God’s Word. You cannot resist the enemy’s lies because you are not submitted to all of God’s ways. Your understanding is darkened because your mind is not wholly submitted to God’s laws. STOP blaming the devil! I listened to a preaching the other day that blamed every fleshly thing on the devil. If you continually refuse to crucify your flesh and subject your will and emotions to the Lord; you WILL be crushed. No amount of spiritual warfare and telling the enemy to “GET OUT” is going to work. You’re not submitted.
Why are you not submitted? The Bible says because of “pride”. It’s the pride of life and the autonomous rebellious nature that proclaims, “I can do what I want. Say what I want. Go where I want.” And truth is, you can; but you cannot escape the consequences of those actions. Humble yourself, submit to God every thought, every movement, every word and deed and THEN He gives you MORE grace to resist the enemy and you shall never be moved.
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