I woke up this morning and heard the words, “Resist the evil and it will flee.” I prayed, Lord, help me to resist all evil as it presents itself to my body, soul and mind. I immediately felt a release in my mind and pain leave my body. Some may say this was a “coincidence” but I am saying I felt evil leave and a freedom in it’s place!
If we aren’t careful even as Christians we can find ourselves in league with the devil and making choices that we would never consider a threat or a danger to our lives. Why doesn’t God warn us? I would say he does but many times our minds and souls are fixed on other things, and we miss hearing the Lord’s Spirit that resides within us.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
The above scripture tells us before the “d” evil will flee, we must first, submit ourselves to God then second, resist the devil and then he will leave us. Verse 6 also holds a valuable key to staying and/or getting free from bondage.
But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” James 4:6 NLT
What is an evil desire? Jesus is very clear about how captivating sin (evil desires) can be. When the first murder on earth occurred it happened due to pride, jealousy and most likely feelings of refection. Evil desires (captivating sin) sometimes rise up when we feel rejection. God rejected Cain’s sacrifice, He wasn’t rejecting Cain. in fact He was warning Cain to check his desires and feelings about his brother Abel and his sacrifice.
“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
We see another scripture in the Luke 10:5-6 when Jesus speaks to His seventy-two disciples and says don’t worry if you wind up in places where you are rejected:
Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you.
In Matthew 10:40-42 we see some more important words given to Jesus’ 12 disciples:
“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
I’m so thankful for those times when I hear the Lord speaking and I stop and listen. He is always there to help us check our hearts and to deliver and keep us from enjoying the fullness of His grace, love, mercy and freedom.
He wants us to be resisters of evil!
You are one of His treasures,
from ashes to beauty…