Monday, January 30, 2017
Author: Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.- James 4 : 7
LISTEN: It is not possible to resist the devil until you submit to God. To submit to God is to readily obey and follow His will. The bible tells us that the flesh constantly fights against the spirit, as the spirit fights against the flesh. (Galatians 5 : 17). This battle for supremacy between the flesh and the spirit over your life will not cease till you exit this world. However, the good news is that, you can choose what happens to you in this fight of your flesh against your desire to do the will of God.
You can choose to surrender to the tune of your flesh, or surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit of God. Whom you choose to surrender to will dominate your passion, affection and appetite. If you choose the flesh over the Spirit, you will be attracted and attached to the things of the world, but if you choose the Spirit over the flesh (carnal nature), you will be attracted and attached to the things that makes God happy (Colosians 3 : 2 – 4).
Beloved, do you know that it is easier to follow your will, than to follow the will of God? That it is easier to obey the devil than to obey God? This is because the sinful nature in man finds it difficult to live in line with the will of God.(Romans 8 : 7). But when you make the decision to submit yourself to God and resist the devil, he will have no choice but to flee your Holy Spirit- controlled life.
Beloved, you are not programmed to fail, rather you are destined to overcome. Therefore, examine your life thoroughly, if there is still a place you are resisting God, quit. Rather than resist God, resist the devil. Henceforth, submit yourself to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Constantly resist the devil in your life and he will flee.
2. Determine to submit yourself to God no matter the pressure to do otherwise.
3. Do not allow the fleeting pleasures of this life to keep you from pursuing your eternal purpose.
4. Do not be discouraged when you fail in your attempt to defeat the body of sin, rather rely on the LORD for help through Christ Jesus.
Daily Task: No matter the pressure to feed your inordinate desires, resist it, resist it again and again.
Daily Reflection: No one can resist the devil and cause him to flee except he or she has chosen to submit to God almighty.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you for today, I know that I cannot resist the devil without your power, help me to overcome him and his agents, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, any attempt to keep you away from your creator and divine purpose, I come against it. I decree, you will fulfil the will of God for your life, in Jesus’ name.