James 4:7 AMP “So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”
The story is told of a middle aged man who runs into the church panting and sweating, he sees the pastor who asks him, “what’s the matter?” The man responds, “Pastor, I got the devil on the run”, and the pastor responds, “praise the Lord!” Then the man says, “yeah…he’s been running after me”. When you don’t know who you are and what resources you have available to you, you will be oppressed. We as believers are expected to get the devil running, and not after us, but running from us. The Scripture exhorts that the way to do this is to first subject yourself to God. This means to be under the authority of God. In the centurion’s encounter with Jesus, he told Jesus, “…I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.'” (Matt.8:9 NLT). He was demonstrating a primary principle of spiritual authority, that you must be submitted to a higher authority for your own authority to be respected. Being subject to God is to be subject first to His Word, and then spiritual authorities, social authorities and civil authorities.
Next is to resist the devil. In Matthew 4, every time the devil came tempting Jesus, He responded saying “it is written…” (v.4,7,10). Every time He spoke what was written the devil left Him. Resisting the devil is a full time job and a continuous process. One would have imagined that after the first temptation of Jesus that the devil would have stopped, but he kept coming back. Friend, whilst being submitted to God, you have to know what was written concerning every aspect of your life, and when the pressure from the devil comes against you, you can get him on the run by confidently speaking what was written.
Scriptures to Meditate: Matt 26:41, Ps. 95:8, 1 Cor. 10:13, Rev. 3:10, Heb.4:15, Ps.119:9,11