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December 21, 2007

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Bo

Within the New Covenant, God gives us the ability to resist temptation (1Co 10:13) and the ability to see the good in trials (Jas 1:2) among a bevy of other things. Each encounter with our adversary is only another opportunity to give to back to God! These opportunities allow us to honor His name, glorify Him and to draw near to Him (to snuggle, if you will). These are opportunities to allow the fruit of the Spirit to bloom! What BEAUTY in the midst of Satan’s dark, sadistic, wicked deeds!

LORD, may my fruit be a bountiful harvest for You. Amen.

p.s. This “Post Master” rocks! Pure truth! The people around this man are spiritually blessed. I pray that the people among him will take advantage of such light and truth in this man’s heart. By the way, thought to ponder: is it possible to dislike a man because he his “too” righteous? Can the level of “too righteous” be accomplished?

Bo

“Resistance is NOT futile!”

When we stand toe to toe against Satan, no matter what, we lose. Satan will devour us
every time. That’s why Paul warns to “flee from youthful lust” and instead “pursue
righteousness, faith, love and peace (2Ti 2:22 & 1Ti 6:11).” When I read the word “flee,” I
can’t help but think of running. RUNNING FAST! I came along a word that struck me
as perfect: vanish. When I am in the dark moments of temptation and my gratification is
at my fingertips, I must RUN! VANISH! I cannot overcome Satan unless I resist him
and RUN into the strong tower that is God for my safety (Jas 4:7 & Pro 18:10). It’s
interesting to note that when we flee our adversary he flees as well.

cs

Thanks for the answer to my question. You explained everything clearly. When encountering pain and trials, understanding the ultimate source and purpose makes it easier to "rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks". Even if the storm is blinding,and I'm weary and confused, just clinging to the fact that He is God & He is in control is enough to guide/carry me through.

cs

Bo-
Is it a question of not liking someone who is righteous, or of being intimidated by this person? Does he make me feel guilty, expose my weaknesses and ignorance, or trigger comparison and self-doubt? We can pull away from such a person or place ourselves in a Titus 2 based mind-set, where we draw closer to this person and learn from them in a way that brings honor to the word of God.

Jim Fleming

CS: I am delighted this has helped you. I hope it is helpful to others, too.

Jim Fleming

Thanks, Bo, for your very kind words. I am glad to have you as a friend of light-work.
The last sentence in your comment - "when we flee our adversary he flees as well" - got me to thinking. I am unaware of a place in the Bible where we are instructed to "flee from Satan." Are you aware of one? There are several passages where we are instructed to flee various temptations: Flee immorality (1 Cor. 6:18), flee idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14), flee money-love (1 Tim. 6:11), and flee youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22) come to mind. Yes, I know that Satan is a "temptation expert" so I have no doubt that he could be working behind the scenes to "dress up" these temptations and make them more tempting. But it is more than a little interesting that the one passage that talks about Satan fleeing is James 4:7 where "resistance" is what provokes his flight: "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." Could it be that Satan flees when we "resist" him by running, FAST, from the temptation? Is this what you are saying?

Bo

Exactly! Resisting Satan is not merely ignoring his advances or extending an arm to present our hand only to say, “Talk to the hand cuz the face ain’t listening!” At certain levels this is probably sufficient for successful resistance. There is no verse that I know of that states such a promise. It is only when I pair James 4:7 with a verse instructing the act of fleeing that I make such a comment. If I run fast from a burning structure I am resisting the burning of my flesh and the pain that lingers with it. Please do not misunderstand me. I am not “naming and claiming” this statement, however, this "VANISHING" technique works for me.

Bo

CS-
I’m on board with the Titus 2 mind set. In fact, that’s why I’m here at light-work. This blog is full of TRUTH! We are responsible to live and pass the truth and train others in the truth. That’s what this blog does. It illumines how to…

bubba matthews

Just a comment on the James 4:7 passage. "Therefore, submit to the Lord, resist the devil and he will flee from you". This verse, to me, highlights the notion of sequence and the importance of any given sequence.

Let's say I wish to defend myself against an attacker (this is an odd example because I don't particularly like firearms but anyway) and I have a rifle and a bullet (like Barney Fife) in my pocket. FIRST I have to put the bullet into the rifle before I fire the weapon. If I don't follow this sequence then the "strength" of the weapon is lost.

James 4:7 also gives us a sequence. FIRST, submit to God, then resist the devil. If I don't follow the sequence all I'm guarrenteed of is failing and falling into sin.

The question then becomes for me how do I more fully and more frequently submit to God?

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