This blog post in no way has anything to do with arts & crafts or any upcoming events as I usually post. This post is about James 4:7. So if this is not something you are interested in, please move onto the next blog and I thank you in advance for refraining from leaving any negative comments. However, if you ARE interested . . .
I was going through some old papers and bills and just stuff that needed to be shredded/thrown out, and I ran across a copy of "Our Daily Bread". My aunt always renews my subscription to this little booklet every year.
When I opened this issue, I saw that it wasn't one of the monthly booklets, when I opened the book to this story. It was the perfect read for me today! I thought I would share it with those of you that may be needing a reminder on how to resist the devil:
A 16-foot shark left a couple of 2-inch-long teeth and more than 30 gashes in a small Japanese fishing boat. According to a news release out of Tokyo, the boat was occupied by a lone 71-year-old fisherman who beat off the attacking shark with a long wooden pole. "I thought I was going to die, so I tried all means to repel it," said Yoshiaki Ueda. The shark rammed the small boat several times before leaving.
That shark attack reminds me of the attacks of our spiritual enemy. James said, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." But how? Certainly not with a stick. What will discourage him? James, Job and our Lord give us the answer.
Immediately before saying, "Resist the devil," James said, "Submit to God."
Job did exactly that when he resisted Satan's attack by saying, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).
Our savior resisted the devil in the wilderness by quoting the Scriptures and submitting Himself to the Father's care (Matthew 4:1-11)
So how do WE resist the devil? Not by shouting or swinging, but by submitting to the One who can deal with the enemy of our souls. Trust God for the victory.
When Satan launches his attack,
We must take heart and pray;
If we submit ourselves to God,
He'll be our strength and stay.