Church leaders persist with "Resist the Devil and he will flee from you."  Asserting that there is an action we must learn to perform, a method of being strong, asserting faith, something we implement and so not slipping and giving in to sin.  Wow.  Really?  How does a believer resist?  By gripping and summoning the will to NOT do that wrong thing?  What do I need God for?

 Is that what the Apostle James meant?

"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
James 4:8

Resisting evil is of God, whom we seek and embrace by washing our spirits, by drawing near to our Maker. 

The Law of Moses exists -- not so we can succeed by willful obedience, but to understand that we cannot succeed.  To break one law is to suffer them all.  The evidence is that absent the grace of Christ and the infilling of the Spirit -- men are incapible.  

So it must be that it is the Lord HImself the Devil fears and so flees. If I am near holiness, I am far from evil. If I am near the light I am not in darkness. The indwelling Holy Spirit is a torment to Satan.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4:7

This simple statement contains the assertion *first* that our will be inactive. Submission first.  By submission to God we resist the Devil. Our act of resistence is actually one of submission to the Creator. Drawing near the Lord in loving sumbissiveness is our method of resistence; Covering ourselves in His holy nature.

Pastors, Elders, Laymen -- FOR SHAME!!  Judgemental Hypocrytes!  Brothers, Sisters -- hear the word, then read the scripture for yourself to be sure what has been said is TRUE!

Willfulnes always fails

posted Jul 27, 2013, 11:57 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 4:07 PM ]

Willful resistence of evil will always fail -- because there are no works by which men can gain the Kingdom of God. The power to defeat evil is not of oneself.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God and not by works, so that no one can boast. Eph. 2:8-9

It is the Kingdom of God and our Creator we seek.  Not success of ourselves.  If I'm an addict and in some method am able to regain my sobriety.  Good for me.  See how strong I am?  Pride.  Boasting of myself?

But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Mat. 5:19

Surrender always wins

posted Jul 27, 2013, 11:52 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 2:20 PM ]

Jesus, during the last few days of his life has been grilled by the Temple Rulers in Jerusalem.  Finally, to tie up all the loose ends, to affirm his identity he askes them an unprovoked question "What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?"   The Pharisees answer correctly -- "The son of David."  A low risk answer, and completely unenlightened.  The were looking for the warrior son of a warrior. 

Jesus continues...  

"How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him 'Lord'? For he says, (Quoting Psalms 111) " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." Mat 22:44

Unpacked, the Psalm says: God the Father said to Jesus (God the Son)  ... the Father says to the son: "sit at my right hand" -- the place of power and authority -- but wait there until I put your enemys under your feet.  Which a father would do for his son.  But David calls Jesus Lord -- Who by definition, is his son.  Lordship of a son over a father among Jewish kings could never happen.  The only way is by the son being the Messiah.

Yet even so, sitting in the place of power and authority, Jesus the Messiah will submit to the will of his Father.  Just as David submits to the will of the Messiah -- because our Lord is our protector.  And each is in service to his Lord.

Remember Gideon, whos army was shrunk by the Lord to the point of being an ineffectual force by any worldly standard -- defeated his enemy by the hand of the Lord.  So the Lord did all of this ... leaving no doubt to whom the victory belongs.

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