Today’s Promise is James 4:7 NKJV:
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
The Greek word translated here, “resist,” is anthistemi. Its literal meaning is “set yourself against, or oppose.” While “resist” brings to mind a dieter trying to resist a piece of cake, “anthistemi” is more reflective of a soldier at the gate fending off invading forces, sword drawn and shield raised. Why is this distinction important? Because the soldier is acting on orders from and under the authority of the King. That makes this promise not a mere suggestion, but a command. We know the enemy wants to destroy us, and the best way to do that is by getting inside our walls and taking control of our minds. But we also know that Jesus has given us authority over ALL the power of the enemy, ensuring us the victory. Let us take up our armor and fight against the devil and all his tactics, defeating him with our faith and God’s Word, just like Jesus did. Let us stand together in the authority and victory of our Risen King and defend our most precious faith!
Heavenly Father, You have given me victory over my enemy through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Remind me every day, in Jesus’ name, that I am no longer a defenseless victim in this battle for my soul. In Jesus, I have everything I need to guard that which You have given me until the great and glorious Day of the Lord. Thank You, Lord, for loving me so much. Amen.
Have a victorious day in the Lord!