Message From Matt | January 11, 2019

The Resistance! 
        Last week I wrote “What Satan Attacks” that outlined the things in your life that the devil wants to attack.  I only gave three things (your faith, peace and purpose) but we all know that he will use any means necessary to kill, steal and destroy our lives (John 10:10), not just these three things.  I ended the message with three things that we can do to fight off the attacks from the devil.  Those three things are the Word of God, Prayer to God and God’s people!  
  Today, I want to flesh this out a little further from James’ vantage point!  He wrote in James 4:7“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” 
How do you get the devil to run from you when he is attacking?  Submit and Resist!  
 
       Submit to God – Resist the devil!   Sounds easy, right?  Attacks from the devil are never easy, but God’s way of fighting the devil works – we just need to know how to use it.  To know how to use these things we need to understand their meaning.  
 
       Submission has two parts.  The first is surrender or yielding!  This means that I am intentionally surrendering or yielding myself to whatever God wants.  We know what He wants by His written Word as well as the leading of the Holy Spirit who lives inside us.  As we submit to His Word and the Spirit, we are surrendering our will to please Him!  The second part of submission is drawing close to God.  We surrender so we can get closer to Him.  James 4:8states, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”  As you choose to surrender your ways to God, the natural byproduct is getting closer to Him!  Submission leads to intimacy!  
 
       Then there is resisting the devil!  Resisting the devil is a deliberate use of the Word of God to help you in the attacks of the devil! Jesus demonstrated how this works during His great temptation in Matthew 4:1-11.  After fasting for 40 days, the devil used three things (things that fall into the category of the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – 1 John 2:15-17) to tempt Jesus to sin.  But Jesus resisted the devil and the devil left.  So, how do we resist?  We use the Word of God to resist!  More specifically, we speak the Word of God to resist.  After each temptation, Jesus said, “it is written…”  
 
        Jesus gave us the example and proof that God’s formula works for resisting the devil and having victory over the devil’s attacks; the question is, are we going to use what He has taught us?  The best time to start memorizing the Word of God is now!  The best time to start fighting the attacks of the devil is now!  The best way to do this is to submit and resist! Let’s be a part of the resistance!