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March 10, 2019 | Daily Devotionals | March 10, 2019

Resist


Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Before meeting with the guys, he awakened early and in the quiet of the morning, sat in his favorite chair to open his Bible.  His reading for the day was about being a good soldier for Christ Jesus.  One verse, in particular, jumped off the page:  “If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose.  Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21, NIT)

With each sentence in the verse, Brett could feel the tears coming — God’s Spirit was speaking directly to him.  He reread the verse four or five times and spontaneously started talking to God about his problem with porn and his desire to be clean and useful for God.

Just the day before, Brett was online, at work, visiting sexually explicit Websites when his secretary surprised him.  Thank goodness she knocked before coming in, and he was able to close the window in time.  That event combined with the reading from 2 Timothy sealed his decision to make a turnaround.  Starting today, Brett announced to our group, it was time to retake this foothold he had given to the devil.

Whenever we decide to candidly reveal the whole truth about sexual sin, Satan unleashes a mortar barrage of fear because he desperately wants our private sin to remain unknown to others.  The last thing he wants is for our sexual transgressions to come out of the darkness and be exposed to the light.  Exposing his foothold in this area — or any of the others I have described — is the equivalent of a spiritual D-DAY invasion on Satan’s strongholds.  Satan will pull out all the stops to prevent you from even hitting the beaches and to you it will feel like all hell has broken loose.

Father, you are worth resisting for. Satan is a liar and deceiver.

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