I know that many of us are “going through some stuff” right now in our personal lives. Don’t feel like “the lone ranger”, it even happens to me, so I can relate with what some of you are going through.
There is a verse of scripture that is commonly used by those in “modern Christianity”, found in James 4:7b that reads ”
James 4:7b (King James Version)
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Now I know that some of you have tried your best to use that verse, and some have had success. That’s GREAT, PRAISE
YHWH !! BUT, if you have been using that verse and it doesn’t seem to be working for you, THEN I invite you to read “The Rest of The Story” [ a little Paul Harvey humor ]
To get the FULL power of this verse then you MUST “Know and Understand” the full content of it. Here is the rest of it;
James 4:7 (King James Version)
7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Let me make this as plain as I can. The “devil nor his minions” will flee from anyone who isn’t “SUBMITTED”” to God.
Maybe you remember this story from Acts;
Acts 19:14-16 (King James Version)
14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
You see, these old boys were doing what perhaps some of you are doing. “Name it and claim it” ! You hear someone else teach it and use it to some success and then you feel like you can use it for your self. You feel “empowered” to take on Satan himself! SO, why is it that you find yourself still struggling with these “issues”.
While there are many things I could say on this subject, the first and FOREMOST thing is, “Are you “SUBMITTED” unto The Lord ?
In the end there will be many who will say “Lord, Lord, we have done such and such and so and so, in your name. And He will say, “Depart from me, you workers of iniquity, I KNOW YOU NOT !!!”” [paraphrase mine]
These are the same as these “sons of Sceva”, These are those who THINK that everything is “alright with them and The Lord “. BUT, in essence, they have NOT fully “SUBMITTED” unto YHWH!
They are still “playing church”. They may even be “doing the work of the ministry”. They may be doing what they think is
“Pleasing unto the Lord”.
I am reminded over and over of the story of King Saul, who thought he was going to do something that would please YHWH. BUT, in essence, he angered YHWH, for he, Saul, was NOT SUBMITTED to YHWH. In return, Saul would eventually lose the kingdom, and was severely rebuked by the Prophet Samuel and given these words from YHWH, “OBEDIENCE is better than sacrifice!!”
Saul thought that he would bring a sacrifice to YHWH from his “apparent victory” over the Amalekites. But, in his zest to “please God”, he angered YHWH by not “SUBMITTING” fully to the instructions of YHWH. Saul had been instructed to TOTALLY wipe out EVERYONE and EVERYTHING of the Amalekites. BUT, Saul disobeyed these instructions.
Perhaps some of you are doing the same thing. You too, may be doing what you think is pleasing the Lord. BUT yet you are struggling with things. My question for you is this.
Are you 100% “Submitted” to YHWH ?
If you aren’t, then no “devil will flee” from you!! For in actuality, you are still following after the devil’s ways. You are still following after “the flesh”. You can dress it up and call it “Religion” if you want to. BUT the fact of the matter is, in order to really PLEASE YHWH, you MUST be “Sumitted” in every area of your life.
I can tell you first hand, that in order to become “Obedient” to YHWH, it requires a “Sacrifice”!! A sacrifice that most are not willing to make. You must “Die of self” !! There is NO WAY you can live in your own ways, when they are contrary to the Way of The Lord.
“Obedience is better than sacrifice” is true!!
BUT, TRUE obedience only comes when we are willing to “sacrifice ourselves”. Becoming “Obedient” even as Christ did!
We don’t have to die a physical death, as Christ did.
BUT, we MUST die of ourselves, our selfish fleshy ideas of what we want!!
We must take a HARD look at what we are “doing in the name of The Lord” as well. ARE these things really “lined up” with His Will and His Way ? Or, are they the “traditions of men”.
These are “sacrifices” that many may not want to make.
BUT, make them, they must, for TRUE obedience to YHWH requires such!
THEN, will you have power to “resist the devil” !!