Thursday, August 24, 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: The devil will appear strong until you resist him. However, it is not possible to resist the devil until you submit to God. Beloved, the devil cannot fear, or respect anyone until he sees that such a person has God’s support. The way to have God’s support is to submit to Him. 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 dominance between the flesh and the spirit over our lives will not cease until we exit this world. However, the good news is that, we can choose what happens to us in this fight of the flesh against the desire to do the will of God. We can surrender to the flesh, or to the Holy Spirit of God. Whom we choose to surrender to will dominate our passion, affections and appetites. Besides, if we choose the flesh over the Spirit, we will be attracted to the things of the world, but if we choose the Spirit over the flesh (carnal nature), we will be attracted to the things that pleases God. (Colosians 3 : 2 – 4).
Beloved, between God and the devil, where does your loyalty lies? Who do you accept and who do you resist? Do you know that it is easier to follow the will of the devil or your own will, than to follow the will of 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 we make the decision to submit ourselves to God and resist the devil, he will have no choice but to flee our Holy Spirit- controlled lives. Beloved, because we belong to God, we are not designed to fail, rather we are destined to overcome. Therefore, let us examine our lives thoroughly, if there are still places in our lives we are resisting God. Rather than resist Him, let us determine to resist the devil instead. Henceforth, let us submit ourselves to God; and resist the devil, certainly he will flee from us.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to resist the devil in your life and he will flee.
2. Always submit yourself to God no matter the temptation to resist Him.
3. Do not allow the so-called pleasures of this life to keep you from pursuing God’s will.
4. When you fail in your attempt to defeat the body of sin, just trust God to deliver you.
Daily Task: No matter the temptation to satisfy your flesh against the will of God, just resist it and continue to resist it.
Daily Reflection: The devil cannot fear, or respect anyone until he sees that such a person has God’s support and protection.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for today, I know that I cannot resist the devil without your power. Therefore, help me to overcome him and his agents, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, every attempt to keep you from God’s purpose for your life is hereby destroyed, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: The devil will appear strong until you resist him; and those who resist him by submitting to God will suddenly discover how weak he could be when God is involved.
Today In History: August 24, 1992. Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Florida. The Category 5 storm, which had already caused extensive damage in the Bahamas, caused $26.5 billion in US damages, caused 65 deaths, and felled 70,000 acres of trees in the Everglades.