Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Submit, Resist, and he will Flee (Some thoughts on spiritual warfare)

Submit, Resist, and he will Flee

A couple weeks ago I began going through a Spiritual Warfare 101 Bible study with my small group/community group that meets every other week and I wanted to share something briefly about this.

One of the keys in the spiritual battle is having tools to combat the evil one - tools that God has already provided for us like the Full Armor of God and His Word where we can memorize and have in our hearts when the battle comes at us each day.

With this in mind, I wanted to share one verse with you and encourage you to memorize it yourself as an added tool to your spiritual tool belt.

Memorize the following (feel free to memorize this in whatever version you’d like):

“Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.”

-James 4:7 (NASB and ESV referenced - they are identical on this passage)

Note that everything comes back to submitting yourself to God. You can try to resist the evil one on your own but unless you submit to God you will not be successful in doing so. If you abide in Christ, submit yourself to Him, the evil one will have no ground to stand on and he and his demonic influences will not be able influence you because you will be in close fellowship with God. This also assumes that through abiding in Him you’re in His Word regularly, you’re praying, and in fellowship with other believers. This isn’t some “magic formula” rather; it’s a practical and Biblical way to abide in Him. Now, can you do this and not truly be abiding in Him because you’re essentially “going through the motions”, yes, of course this can be the case, however if you’re intentions are pure, and you’re really seeking Him, then this won’t be the case. Also, It’s important to note that in this battle that according to the scriptures is not of flesh and blood but of the spiritual realm, (See Eph. 6) we are not fighting for victory, rather, we’re fighting from Victory as Jesus has already won the battle for us!

In sum, Submit to God, Resist the evil one and he will flee, because Jesus is the key.

Have a great week!

Your Brother and Servant,