2011 Theme: “MAKING GOD GREATER!”
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, NIV).
Using Resistant Power: The highlighted text of James is one of the most misquoted scriptures. Mainly because part b is quoted the most without connecting part a, the most important part of the verse. We are powerless without GOD and His Holy Spirit that He left for us. It is great comfort and builds confidence in knowing that GOD can and will help us with rebellious spirits that have manifested in people. But without GOD, we can not fight or resist our enemies. King David’s best strategy of defense was knowing when the LORD was on his side. When it was revealed to David that GOD was not on his side, he knew he had to get back in alignment, in relationship with GOD. What if GOD reveals to you during your storms, your trials, your tests that there is something specific that is keeping Him from fighting your battles? I don’t know of any military soldiers consciously going to battle with empty weapons. Are your words like blanks to the devil?
“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says (James 1:21-22).
Spiritual Manifestation: How does one submit to GOD? By yielding the mind, heart and spirit to Him. By hearing, accepting and doing what His Word instructs. You can’t be a gossiper and expect to resist an attack that is a result of your gossiping. The Word says “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt” (Col.4:6a). In the workplace, I have had to learn to “be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes” (Psalm 37:7). In dealing with family members, I have had to “work for peace” (Matthew 5:9). In maintaining healthy relationships, I have had to learn that ” faithful are the wounds from a friend” (Psalm 27:6) and “better is open rebuke than hidden love” (v.5). Mostly, before I could deal with my relationship with others, I had to humble myself and deal with me. I had to realize my weaknesses, that I am not perfect and had to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of my sins so that I could receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). This qualifies me to a relationship with GOD and gives me the power I need to resist the enemy’s tactics. If I fail to use what has been given to me, it is no one’s fault but my own. In order for the devil to flee from us during seasons of attack, James 1:22 can no longer be cliched. We have to do what the Word says or else we are showing up for a full battle disarmed. Use your fighting power. The Word is great in our lives when manifested. Choose to make GOD greater!
With Love in the Spirit,
Evangelist SJ Hastings
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