Tag: Against

Standing Against the Devil

John MacArthurby John MacArthur

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7b).

Anyone who possesses scriptural humility will take an uncompromising stand against Satan.

The successful diplomat or politician is quite adept at the art of compromise and finding the middle ground on various issues. But such skill is a hindrance when it comes to determining your position before God. If you humbly, by faith and repentance, submit yourself to God’s authority, you will immediately find yourself the enemy of Satan. You are either in God’s kingdom and under His lordship, or you are in Satan’s kingdom and under his lordship. It is impossible to have one foot in each kingdom and to be serving both kingdoms’ rulers.

To “resist the devil” gives us insight into what it means to be an enemy of Satan. “Resist” means “to take a stand against” the person of Satan and his entire system, which includes everything he does and represents. Such resistance is the complete opposite of the position you had before you submitted to God. Ephesians 2:1-2 reminds us of what that position was: “You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan].” At that time, you had no power to resist the Devil and no desire to serve God, because you were slaves to Satan and his system (Heb. 2:14-15).

But all of that can and will change if you humbly switch your allegiance from Satan’s kingdom to God’s kingdom. In today’s verse the apostle James is promising you that as a part of that changed loyalty, you will automatically be in a position to take a stand against Satan. The minute you forsake Satan’s mastery he will flee from you.

Many Christians wrongly assume that Satan is much more powerful than he really is. But if you understand James’s promise you will know you have abundant spiritual resources to handle Satan’s empty threats. Being humble before God doesn’t mean being weak before Satan. God enables you to stand firm and resist.

by John MacArthur

 

The Salmon People

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The ways of salmon amazes me. They swim upstream against the current, choosing to go against the flow and take on the adversity. They don’t just persevere through the adversity; they embrace it.

As believers, we’re to be like the salmon of this world. The way to deal with adversity isn’t just to deal with it, but do it as the salmon does, taking life head on. It chooses to go against the flow and against the current. As a believer, you’re not supposed to go through life on the defensive, surprised by problems, trying to get away from the fight. Instead, take on sin, flesh, and the ways of this world head on. Take the kingdom of the enemy head on. Choose to fight the good fight, choose to freely go against the flow. Every day is a choice for a good fight, a good challenge, and a good conquest. Go for it! That’s what David did. That’s what Paul did. That’s what the first believers did.

Live like that, and you’ll be blessed and victorious. You’ll go uphill or upstream, just like the salmon.

Today’s Mission – Commit today to go against the way of the world, the way of the flesh, and the way of the problem.

by Jonathan Cahn