SUBMISSION OR FEAR?
I don’t know about you but I grew up hearing a lot about the devil and how powerful he supposedly is.
My people even have a saying which roughly translates to: The devil has power but cannot save anyone.
In response to this assertion, I’ve heard so many ways you should think about the devil and the appropriate response to him.
Most of these responses,I’ve found are fear based. I’ve been told to bind the devil, pray against the devil and the most interesting one is to avoid anything that will put you in the devil’s line of sight.
This last one,I’ve heard so much in recent times- among believers that I began to wonder what we actually believed.
Bottom line,we’ve been taught to be afraid of the devil.
Sometime last week, I stumbled across a very familiar scripture that I’ve known almost my whole Christian life and it struck me in an entirely new light and brought to light how wrong the beliefs I’ve been taught about the devil are.
Read with me: ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he shall flee from you’-James 4:7
This scripture clearly spells out a believer’s action plan against the devil and I do not see anything about keeping a low profile so that the devil does not get you. I don’t see anywhere in the word where Christians are told to fear the devil or flee from the devil.
All we are asked to do is to resist the devil. To resist is to stand against. It is however clear that it only someone that is completely submitted to God that can stand against the devil and watch him flee.
If your actions and prayers are still motivated by the fear of the devil and keeping the devil at bay, then check your level of submission to God and His word.
When God rules your life, you can tell the devil a resounding No! and watch him scamper away in fear.
The devil should live in fear of the believer and not the other way round.
Honestly examine your life. Are you living in fear of the devil or in submission to God?
You cannot do both.
One choice leaves you in bondage, the other sets you free.
The choice is tours.
I choose the freedom in submitting to Christ
Who’s with me?