Greetings to you in the name of the unchanging God who sent Jesus Christ to us to be THE Risen Savior and Lord and who in turn introduced us to Holy Spirit who would be our Helper! What a beautiful late summer morning! Surely this must be the day that the Lord has made, so we will rejoice and be glad in it! It has been a time since I last wrote in the “blog spot” and I pray that all is well with you and your loved ones. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father…”God bless them and keep them, God smile on them and gift them, God look them full in the face and make them prosper (Numbers 6:24-26 The Message).
Today I want to share some ponderings on a verse – it says in James 4:7 So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you (TPT). First, that verse was quoted in a devotion, then I heard it on a teaching tape, and then I heard myself passing it along as a piece good advice. The interesting side of this was i had no real idea what that meant…how does one ‘resist’ the devil? Now, I believe in 2 Timothy 3:16 so there must be something in that to ponder and to activate. So in the Cambridge dictionary it says – resist, “to fight against or oppose something or someone” and that leads to…how? I don’t think I have ever been told ‘how’ nor have I ever been asked ‘how’ nor have I ever told someone ‘how’.
Therefore let me share the fruit of pondering: since the devil is a liar, I can speak the truth of God’s Word, well it worked for Jesus. Then I can be alert and pray, again Jesus said to ‘watch and pray’. Now that challenges me to be obedient to God’s counsel and directions. And I can resist by loving others and helping them. I notice that the devil likes to isolate us from others, so I need to keep close to my Christian family. Since the devil wants me to give him my attention, I can worship God. The devil likes me to speak and think about negative things so I choose to follow Philippians 4:6-9. One more thing…I will choose to look for miracles of kindness around me and rejoice in the light of God’s goodness.
Perhaps there is one more…’one more thing’ – I will let God be the lifter of my head and I will arise to stand in the Light that has come into the darkness of this world.