Theme For David Jeremiah Devotional May 6 2021 – Submit and Resist
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Recommended Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:8-10
The laws of physics say that two different objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. We could also say that God and Satan cannot occupy the same place at the same time. Or, we cannot submit to God and Satan at the same time. In the words of James 4:7-8, if we are submitted to God, we are resisting the devil. If we submit to God and resist the devil, the devil must flee from us.
The Bible restates this principle of God’s superiority in different ways. First John 4:4 says, “[God] who is in you is greater than [Satan] who is in the world.” And Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Satan cannot stand against us. All of this is to say, God is greater than the tempter. When we submit to God, He is able to deliver us from the evil one who seeks our allegiance through temptation.
When you are tempted, stop and affirm your submission to God. When you do so, the tempter must flee. And you are delivered.
To realize God’s presence is the one sovereign remedy against temptation.