THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Two young boys were fishing from the river bank when a game warden drove up.
One of the boys dropped his fishing rod and began to run into the woods.
The game warden naturally pursued.
After a few moments, the boy stopped to catch his breath and the game warden collared him.
He said, "I need to see your fishing license."
The boy pulled out his billfold and produced a valid license.
The game warden said, "Well, why did you run?"
The boy said, "My friend back there? He don't have one!"
Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
My dad used to say, "I can resist anything but temptation."
Actually, that's a pretty true statement.
Within ourselves we have great power of resistance.
But also within ourselves, we often yield to that which pleases us!
There are two steps to avoiding the devil's temptations.
First, "Submit yourselves therefore to God."
When we publicly own Christ as Lord, we desire to please Him rather than self.
Humbly, we recognize that we NEED His power in us.
And God says, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him." (2 Chron 16:9)
We do not resist temptation by arguing about it.
We simply refuse to commit action that is wrong.
Standing firm in Christ's presence and power, we "resist!"
And, His power, to Whom we surrender, ALWAYS refuses evil.
The key is doing the "two-step."
The devil doesn't flee simply because he's resisted.
He flees when we resist "IN Christ!"