Living the Bible

5-7 Resist the Devil (Meeting with Jesus)

June 08, 2020 Season 3 Episode 35
Living the Bible
5-7 Resist the Devil (Meeting with Jesus)
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Living the Bible
5-7 Resist the Devil (Meeting with Jesus)
Jun 08, 2020 Season 3 Episode 35

I wasn’t good at math when I was at school. I knew I wasn’t going to do well in the exams, so I didn’t even try. I just gave up without a fight.

If I’d thought I could actually do well, I would have studied much harder. I would have put in the time and effort because I had a hope it would all be worth it. 

But I was hope-less. I was defeated before I started. So I didn’t even try. 

Sometimes we feel that way about the devil’s temptations. We don’t even try to beat them, because we think we’re going to lose anyway. We don’t even try to win, because he always wins. If we knew that we cold beat him, that we would win, how much harder would we try?

Let me share one short verse that I use to beat the devil’s temptations: “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). 

This is a promise from God. It’s a promise of victory. God promises that if we fight the devil, we will win, and he will lose. In fact, you won’t see him for dust! He will flee from you! Doesn’t that encourage you to fight the devil’s temptations? Fight and he will flee. 

Here’s how one person paraphrased this verse: "Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time."

Or, as I would put it: Resist the devil and he’ll run from you. Resist the devil and God will run to you.

Show Notes

I wasn’t good at math when I was at school. I knew I wasn’t going to do well in the exams, so I didn’t even try. I just gave up without a fight.

If I’d thought I could actually do well, I would have studied much harder. I would have put in the time and effort because I had a hope it would all be worth it. 

But I was hope-less. I was defeated before I started. So I didn’t even try. 

Sometimes we feel that way about the devil’s temptations. We don’t even try to beat them, because we think we’re going to lose anyway. We don’t even try to win, because he always wins. If we knew that we cold beat him, that we would win, how much harder would we try?

Let me share one short verse that I use to beat the devil’s temptations: “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). 

This is a promise from God. It’s a promise of victory. God promises that if we fight the devil, we will win, and he will lose. In fact, you won’t see him for dust! He will flee from you! Doesn’t that encourage you to fight the devil’s temptations? Fight and he will flee. 

Here’s how one person paraphrased this verse: "Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time."

Or, as I would put it: Resist the devil and he’ll run from you. Resist the devil and God will run to you.