Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
One of the easiest ways to keep the devil and his works out of your life is found in this verse of scripture. It is known as the power of positive resistance. Every time you submit your life to the ways of God, you are automatically resisting the devil. The things God wants you to do the devil does not want you to do.
For example, does God want you to find a good church that teaches all the truth and will therefore lead you into the truth that will set your free? Yes He does. The devil does not want you in a church where you can become a disciple of God, he wants you to be his disciple. So once you find such a church and go to church, you are automatically resisting the devil.
Scripture teaches us to forgive one another, but the devil wants us to hold a grudge. When you choose to forgive and walk in love you resist the devil and he will flee from you. God’s Word teaches us to give to the work of God so we can share the gospel. The devil for sure doesn’t want you giving any of your money to help God’s work, but when you do, you are resisting the devil.
The opposite of this verse is true as well. What if you know you should be in a good church but don’t go? What if you know you should forgive, and give to the work of God but you don’t? Then you would be submitting to the devil’s ways and resisting God. Some people don’t realize their biggest problem isn’t the devil, it’s the fact that they are not resisting him by choosing to submit to God. You can put the devil on the run by simply submitting your life to the will and ways of God.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
To walk by faith you must believe in your heart what God’s Word says, but if you deceive your own heart you won’t have faith in God. James tells us we must deal with our tongue to keep from deceiving our hearts. If we speak contrary to God’s Word, we convince our heart God’s Word is not true, which is deception. How do we change our words?
To change our words we must change our thinking for our thoughts will determine what we believe, and what we believe will come out of our mouth. There are three primary influences that wrongly affect our thinking. They are observation, association, and falsification. Observation means what we look at or focus on. If we spend our time watching T.V. and movies for example that are filled with sex and violence and lies, this will begin to cause us to believe those things are ok, but this deception will lead to wrong thinking.
The second thing that affects our thinking is associations. Scripture teaches us to choose our friends carefully for even the wicked will lead you astray. The wrong friends will cause you to be deceived. The third area is falsification, which refers to false teachings from God’s Word where people are not taught the truth but are taught man-made religion instead. Many today don’t believe in the promises we have been given through Christ, for they were taught such things passed away.
So to guard your heart from deception you must address observations, associations, and falsifications. Right thinking leads to right believing, right believing leads to right speaking, and right speaking will bring right results in your life.
For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;…
When God breathed into Adam the breath of life, the first thing Adam saw was the face of God. This is were man’s identity came from, his Creator. When Adam sinned the bible says he hid himself from the presence of God, which that word means the face of God. Man now looked to the creation turning away from the Father for his identity. He could not see God’s face. But Jesus did something about that.
Hebrews 9:24 tells us Jesus went before the presence (face) of God for us. Jesus provided the way for us to find our value and worth again from our Father, our Creator, and not the creation. By cleansing us of our old sinful spirit man within, He reconnected us with the Father. When you are trying to find you worth in life through things or other people, you will never be fulfilled, for we were designed by God to find our worth by identifying with Him.
How do we see His face today? Look to God’s Word, for Jesus is the Word made flesh, especially looking to the New Testament which tells you who you now are in Christ. Jesus said if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. You are a new creation, more than a conqueror, one spirit with the Lord. So don’t look to the things of this life nor people to find your worth, look to your Creator by looking to His Word.
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.
Under the Old Testament the children of Israel were given the promise of God’s provision, healing, protection, and more. We don’t have any less available to us then they had, for we have a better covenant with even better promises, not less. The promises we have been given in the new covenant are based on what Christ has done for us, not what we have done. We receive these promises by faith in Christ Jesus, the One who shed His blood to purchase every promise.
One of the keys to faith is no longer seeing what we have in Christ as a promise, for that would put it off into the future, but a purchased possession. Faith takes what we have been given promise of, and sees it as a present day reality, for faith brings everything into the present tense. “Now” faith is. Faith is of the heart for man believes in his heart and confession is made unto what God has said. We are simply agreeing with God that we have what Christ has purchased for us.
Feed on the Word until it becomes real to your inner man. You need to take the promises of God found in the New Testament and continue to meditate on those truths, declaring to yourself that they are yours now. You need to see them by the eye of faith as already a part of your life. Choose to walk by faith and not by sight, seeing God’s promises as a present day reality and you can receive all that God has provided for you through Christ Jesus.
But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he will be blessed in what he does.
Do you desire to be blessed in what you do? You can, but the key is looking into God’s perfect law of liberty (His Word), and you fix you attention on it, taking the time to hear it preached, and if you live out what you hear you will be blessed. What a powerful promise from God. God’s Word is filled with the life of God. The life of God is all God is, and all He has.
You must make giving your attention to God’s truth a priority. That means His Word is what you are looking to, that you may learn how to live this life God has provided for you. If you are fixing your attention on the Word, you are doing so because you desire to adapt your life to that Word. Many today hear the Word preached but not with a focus to conform to what they hear, but instead to just fulfill in their minds a religious duty to God.
When your hearts desire is to conform to God’s truth, then you are not a forgetful hearer, because you are completely conforming yourself to what you have heard. You desire to look like the Word of God. A doer of the Word is one whose desire is to let Jesus live through them, for He is the Word who was made flesh. A true doer of God’s Word makes it their lifestyle, not picking and choosing what they may or may not want to do. As they do so they will live a blessed life, walking in divine favor.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
When Jesus ascended into heaven He fulfilled all that was needed for us to be victorious here on earth. One of the major keys to walking in victory is holding fast to a faith filled confession. Consistently confess who you are, what you have, and what you can do in Christ. To hold fast to your confession means to keep saying the same thing.
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue, therefore what you consistently confess, you will possess. Your words are carriers of seeds sown. Whatever a man sows, that he will reap. James chapter 3 tells us that our tongue is like a rudder on a ship, and that rudder determines the direction our life will take.
The key to changing your confession is in what you are feeding on. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So feed on God’s Word, hold fast to a confession of faith, and you can watch your life change for the better as you speak in line with God’s Word, for you are speaking Words of life.
For since he himself has suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.
Because Jesus was tempted in all things and yet free from sin, He can now come to aid us in overcoming every temptation. There is nothing He cannot deliver us from. We simply follow in His example that He gave us in the wilderness. Every time Jesus was tempted by the devil, He quoted the Word of God. Jesus is the Word made flesh, and it is the Word that helps us to overcome temptation.
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness He defeated each temptation by quoting scripture. As the devil would tempt Him in an area, Jesus countered that temptation with the Word of God as He would declare what was written in the scriptures. If we will feed on the Word we will have the ammunition to face and defeat the temptations that come. As scripture tells us when we hide God’s Word in our heart, we will not sin against Him.
The Word is an offensive weapon, the sword of the Spirit, and it will help us to overcome temptations. We simply declare the Word to our enemy just as Jesus did, and therefore resist the temptation and he will flee from you. When temptations come to try and defeat you or mislead you declare what is written, and through the help of the living Word Jesus Himself, you can overcome temptation.
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,…
Through the blood Jesus shed for us we have no reason to fear the devil. He has been rendered powerless to all who know their rightful place in Christ. In Ephesians chapter one we are told that God’s mighty power was seen when Jesus was raised from the dead, for He was seated far above all the powers of darkness and every name that is named. It goes on to tell us that all things were placed under His feet, to which He was made the head of His body.
We are the body of Christ. All these powers of darkness were placed under our feet, for the very next chapter tells us that we have been raised up together and seated with Christ at the right hand of God, far above all the powers of darkness. God’s right hand is the place of ultimate authority. For any believer to have fear of the devil or his works they do not understand their rightful place in Christ.
Do not fear the devil nor his works. Rise up to your rightful place as a child of God and through the name of Jesus and the Word of God, use your authority against this enemy who has been rendered powerless. The only power satan can use against you is by deceiving you or seducing you to be under his control. Walk in your rightful place and keep him under your feet where he belongs, using your God-given authority through the name of Jesus. The name above every name!
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41 Yes, again and again they tempted God,
And limited the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember His power:
The day when He redeemed them from the enemy,
Our God is not limited, but we can limit His ability to work in our life. The above verses refer to the children of Israel who were delivered out of Egypt, but they did not walk in all God had available for them. They limited God by not remembering what He had done for them. The word limited in this verse means to set a boundary through a lack of thanksgiving. They were not giving thanks to God for having delivered them, thus they did not remember what God had done.
If you want to take the limits off of God and His ability to work in your life you need to cultivate a lifestyle of thanksgiving. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us whatever happens we are to give thanks to God, for this is His will for us. Being out of God’s will limits Him. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks to God for all He has done. So no matter what we deal with or go through in life, we are to thank God for all He has done for us through Christ Jesus. When we are complaining we are out of the will of God, but when we are remembering what He has done for us through thanksgiving we are fulfilling His will.
Colossians 2:7 says you will abound in faith through thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 tells us we magnify our God through thanksgiving. Psalm 95:2 says we become more aware of His presence through giving thanks. As you abound in faith, magnify God, and become more aware of His presence, you take the limits off of your God. Hebrews 13:15 says we are to continually offer up the sacrifice of praise, giving thanks to God. Make the choice daily to give thanks to God for all He has done for us. In doing so, you will not limit God’s ability to work in your life. You can check out my full message on this by going to: https://vimeo.com/376074694.