“Submit, therefore, to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 NASB
How do you submit to God? Watch your mouth, watch your actions, follow the Word. Resist the devil; it doesn’t say God is going to resist the devil. It says YOU resist the devil and he will flee. He doesn’t have a choice. This irritates me about the church world. Christians talk about the devil walking about like a roaring lion, ok, he roars, but he is toothless! Unless you put dentures in there, so he can maul you, he cannot hurt you. He has no rights. He can bark like a dog or roar like a lion, but the only way he can devour you is if you let him. There are more people concerned about having their pistol than having the Word! I have no problems with having a pistol; I have one. The Bible teaches us about personal protection. Jesus said, hey, sell your tunic, get a sword. You also need to understand that more important than your gun, is how vital it is to know the Word. To know what to pray in a crisis.
The six ‘I’s’ of faith by Brother Copeland I love. They are; I believe, I will, I take it, I have it, I am grateful, and I forgive. No one wants to talk about the personal responsibility side of faith. Don’t be afraid to offend someone; it is important that we talk truth to people.
“let the weak say I am strong.” Joel 3:10 NASB
Some feel weak in their discipline with their words, or weak in their tithing, or weak in whatever. Start saying you are strong, quit talking about being weak. I am a very strict eater. I know what I can have and what I cannot. People ask if I want to waver and I say yes, but I won’t. Why? Because I asked God to heal my body and to walk in divine health, but I’m still responsible to do my part.
“For the one who desires life, to love and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” 1 Peter 3:10 NASB
Have you ever met deceitful people? The Bible says you cannot talk about wanting God to bless you and then talk bad about other people. Isn’t it amazing you don’t want people to gossip about you, but you will gossip about other people? When you don’t have good days, you need to look at yourself and say; Lord, wait a minute, the Bible says if I want good days, then I can’t speak deceit, my days are not good, so where am I speaking deceit?
“And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.’” Luke 5:31 NASB
Why does Jesus say this? Because we need to understand if we have everything together, great, but if we don’t, then we need to start understanding that we need a physician. Get that down in your heart. If you are perfect and your life is perfect, and you don’t need God, that is fine, but the sick need a physician. You need God. You need Him to be the High Priest of your confession honoring His words. When you say, Father, I believe, and I receive, he will go out and prosper your harvest.
“and just as you want people to treat you, treat them the same way.” Luke 6:31 NASB
If you are not perfect, do you want people to talk about your imperfections? Then stop talking about others, treat others how you want to be treated.
“knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord whether slave or free.” Ephesians 6:8 NASB
This is Paul saying, listen, whatever you give, you are going to get. If you are planting a financial seed in the ground, you are going to get a financial harvest. If you speak good words about people, they are going to speak good words about you. Some who have been saved only a short time or have been saved a while but have only known the word of faith message a little while might be frustrated. You need to understand; you spent a long time running your mouth, you are just now putting a seed in the ground. You need to keep your mouth shut for harvest. The end of the verse says whether slave or free. The just or the unjust. If you plant the seed, there is a harvest. When your tongue plants seed, there is a harvest. Genesis 8:22 says for as long as the earth remains, there will be seed time and harvest. What seeds are you planting? Whatever you do for others, God will do for you.