Tag: Yes

Yes, He Is Able

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King Darius leaned over the lion’s den and asked Daniel, “…is thy God…able to deliver thee…?” (Daniel 6:20). An uneasy world wonders today whether the Christians’ God can save us in the hour of trial. Blessed is that man who, though sore beset, can answer, “Yes, He is able to keep what I have committed; able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think; able to make all grace abound; able to succour the tempted; able to save to the uttermost; able to keep us from falling; able to subdue all things unto himself.” And, above Darius, stands our Lord asking, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” If we can reply, “Yea, Lord,” He will answer, “According to your faith be it unto you.”

by Vance Havner

“Yes” And “No”

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“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

A well-known writer says that this verse means, “Say, ‘Yes,’ to God and, ‘No,’ to the devil. It is useless to try to resist the devil without first submitting to God. The devil is too strong for us. Victory begins with surrender—to God. But, on the other hand, we are to follow submission to God with resisting the devil. “The battle is the Lord’s,” but we are not machines, we must put our wills on God’s side and say, “No,” to the enemy. We fight with spiritual weapons, but we still fight, and there is not only passive submission but active resistance.

Some make the mistake of mere submission without a positive stand against the tempter. Others resist without submission, and the devil does not flee. It is a double-barreled admonition. It is a clear-cut call to “Yes” and “No.”

“Let your speech be Yea, yea; Nay, nay.”

by Vance Havner