THE POWER OF THE MEEK

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE

Ephesians 4:27
and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.

1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:9
Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
To the will of God, with respect to worldly things, and be content with such things as are enjoyed, and be satisfied with the portion that is allotted; it is right and best for the people of God to leave themselves with him, to choose their inheritance for them, since by all their anxious cares, their striving and struggling, their impatient desires, wars and fightings, as they cannot add one cubit to their stature, so nothing to their worldly substance; and it becomes them to submit to God in all afflictive dispensations of his providence, and be still and know that he is God; as well as to submit to his way and method of salvation by Christ, and particularly to the righteousness of Christ, for justification; and to depend upon him for supplies of grace in the discharge of every duty, and the exercise of every grace:

resist the devil, and he will flee from you; Satan is to be looked upon as an enemy, and to be opposed as such, and to be watched and guarded against; the whole armour of God should be taken and made use of, particularly the weapon of prayer, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and the shield of faith; and also the grace of humility, than which nothing is more opposite to him: he is a proud spirit, and he endeavours to swell men with pride of themselves; and when he has worked them up to such a pitch, he is then master of them, and can manage them as he pleases; but a poor humble believer, with whom God dwells, to whom he gives more grace, and who comes forth not in his own strength, but in the strength of the Lord God, as David against Goliath, and who owns his vileness and sinfulness, and flies to the grace of God, and blood of Christ, Satan knows not what to do with him, he is puzzled, baffled, and confounded; such he leaves, from such he flees; he does not like the power of prayer, nor the strength of faith, nor the sharpness of the two edged sword, the word of God, nor the humble believer’s staff, bag, scrip, and sling.

M Henry writes:
Submit to God, ver. 7. Submit your understanding to the truth of God; submit your wills to the will of his precept, the will of his providence. Submit yourselves to God, for he is ready to do you good. If we yield to temptations, the devil will continually follow us; but if we put on the whole armour of God, and stand out against him, he will leave us. Let sinners then submit to God, and seek his grace and favour; resisting the devil. All sin must be wept over; here, in godly sorrow, or, hereafter, in eternal misery. And the Lord will not refuse to comfort one who really mourns for sin, or to exalt one who humbles himself before him.

KIRK’S COMMENTARY

It is God’s loving nature to quickly aid those who understand the order of creation, their circumstance and God’s omnipotence. Pride is the root of many sins. Puffed up pride led to the great angel Lucifer’s fall and name conversion to Satan. He then used it to entice Eve to ‘be like God’.

Puffed up pride is a sin no doubt. Let’s not confuse this pride with the good kind, like pride in a job well done, but let us neither elevate it beyond what it should be and usurp or forget God.

Furthermore, God has also made available spiritual resources for our use such as the spiritual armor referred to in Ephesians 6. It only works when applied. Like medicine is of no effect sitting in the bottle.

God expects us to employ the tools of the trade with His backing. When we do such, we can be assured of victory.

P. S. This victory, this success is from His perspective, in His timing but be assured we shall overcome by His might.

PRAYER

Father, You know best and we rely and need You desperately.

I am what I am – 1 Corinthians 15:10

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

1 Corinthians 15:10

Thanks be unto God for making this new man, new life possible. The transformation is happening! Each day we are closer to forever glory.

Physical death for the believer is merely a commencement like a butterfly shedding its cacoon. Glory unto God almighty.

Mercy and Truth – Psalms 25:10

Here is a vivid display of God’s character and the backbone of how we should live. Once we move from the basics of blatant good and evil (a huge contrast of life) we can deal with finer contrasts, like this one; mercy and truth.

No doubt God handles these two apparent opposites so marvelously. I am always interested to see how God handles these things and try to learn so I can apply in my own life.

MERCY

Think about MERCY. Mediate and ponder upon the meaning of mercy.

Its a lot like grace but different. They are word sisters. I feel like mercy is something we ask for and grace is something bestowed upon us. Regardless, they are kin and so refreshing and peaceful.

Life is a struggle and I thank God for mercy.

How does mercy speak to you?

(Please share in the comments below?)

TRUTH

Upon the very next step comes TRUTH.

What is truth?

Jesus is truth personified. Facts, principles, the way of nature, science are also truth. Truth is not situational. Truth is stubborn and staunch. It never waivers. It is what it is! Like it or not, it doesn’t change.

He or she who ignores the absolute truth in any situation is a fool and is running contrary to the grand design, at one’s own peril. Sooner or later, this side or the other… the truth shall be revealed. Let’s not just hope but work to be behind it and not before its sharp cutting edge.

Though truth can be hard it also very comforting. In we can know things for sure and helps us gain traction by getting a good grip on reality.

Last but certainly not least, we better not miss the big caveat at the end of this verse…this applies to those who keep. Who keep His covenants, His promise. Those who trust and are faithful and obedient. Those who exercise their belief in real life.

Let’s be thankful God is a God of truth and One of mercy. The perfect balance.

How might this relate to you?

Overwork / Mis-Understand

We should always seek balance though we will never find it perfectly. Just like over exercising, over eating, sleeping too much and even over working can be a problem.

If we think we are too busy to pray and seek God’s council, we are foolish. Sometimes we need to slow down, reflect and relax so that we can get further, not just by our understanding but by tapping into and trusting God. This definently has been an issue for me. God can do more for us in one second than we can for ourselves in a lifetime but God normally wants to work through people for whatever reason He deems so.

Are we not wise to take time to align our thoughts and abide in His power verse trying to do everything in our own limited power?

The Bible and nature can teach us everthing we need to know. Everything else worthy is a supplement and much else is a distraction.

We are recommended to:
Pray
Praise
Seek
Plan
Serve
Give
Love
Trust
and work but not overwork.

What’s your share your experience or take on this?

Diligent Fervant Servant – Romans 12:10-11

PRINCIPLE / TRUTH
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;” Romans 12:10-11

AFFIRMATION
“I am a kind, loving and honoring diligent fervant servant”

ACTION
Kindly affectionating
Brotherly loving
Honoring by giving preference

MANNER
Diligence – attending to details, organized, following through, seeing projects to completion, capable
Fervant – passionate, emotional, energetic, enthusiastic, intent, strong drive, spirited
Serving – delivering valuable service, other peoples needs important, working humbly, listening to please

TO
the Lord – Father, Son and Spirit
Christians – unity in the Spirit
Others – created by God

Power

I, the Lord, have spoken and have done it.”

Ezekial 17:24b

As children of God, we should say, 

“I, (name) , have spoken and Lord willing, we are doing it!” 

We will be more effective by audibly speaking things into being with fervent emotion and pure intent. Let’s not ignore we are beings created in the spiritual image of God, have at least some of His traits and power. Are we not sons and daughters of God, certainly if we are indeed born again believers? 

We serve at His pleasure, under His sovereign provision. 

Also, we should pray with our spiritual mind before, during, after and always.

Commit your works to the Lord,

And your thoughts will be established.

Proverbs 16:3

We should fully commit, fully trust, and fully have faith that if ‘if its meant to be, I shall see’.

Do we have sufficient faith and works collateral and deposits in God’s world bank to justify such a withdrawal? 

Did not Jesus say we could move mountains?

Wouldn’t it be awesomeness to muster up our very own legitimate pure true faith and get busy abiding?

Idols of the heart – Ezekial 14:7

Idols of the heart:

“who separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity” Ezekiel 14:7b

Common idols (addictions) today include:

Entertainment (the party animal, high flyer, out and about most every night, restlessness)

Sports (lives to watch and play, know all the stats, truly very happy or sad when teams win or lose)

Work (derives an unbalanced identity from it, places too much emphasis and time on it in relation to everything else over a long time)

Money (always wanting more, if somewhat low then way too much anxiety and fear, trusting it for happiness)

Fashion (feeling that clothes and style are essential,
not happy if not dressed the 9’s)

Popularity (consumed with what other’s think of them, need to be liked and adored most all the time, cults)

Health (obsessed with exercise, fanatically consumed with consumption (or lack there of) / draconian diet, thinks less of others (or self) who aren’t extremely fit)

People (codependency, vicarious living through others, obsession)

gods (little ‘g’ false gods, man made religion)

Custom (fill in the blank)

The stuff listed above are all good and fine in due moderation (except little ‘g’ gods( but when we act like we love them and they usurp God’s best role in our lives then they become an inquity. Even too much of a good is a bad thing, right?

There is one exception to that role: our love for God because only He is worthy of all, doesn’t need it and give back more.

I found this teaching to be quite enlightening and wanted to share again: https://www.graceky.org/sermons/01-what-does-god-know-about-my-heart/

This chart represents how we can lose focus of what’s important.