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Tuesday, June 5th, '18

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HE WILL FLEA FROM YOU
"Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7)

 

All right, so I didn't spell flee right. But "flea" seems to fit just as well. The Greek for "flee" is antihistemai from which we get the pharmaceutical word antihistamine. That drug makes allergens flee. In other words, the devil is no more than a microbe, an allergen, a virus on society, a flea. Why do we fear a flea? Someone says, "Don't say that out loud, the devil might hear you". I respond, "Say it all the louder. Take your stand!" Note, James didn't say, resist the devil and he will strike you with cancer. That's his bluff. Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. The devil can harass you but not harness you, annoy but not destroy, aggravate but not annihilate, accuse but not abuse, oppress but not possess. Quit fleeing from the flea.

 

The first half of the verse urges, "Submit yourselves therefore unto God..." It does no good for us to resist the devil if we haven't first submitted to God. But when our relationship is right vertically, our authority is right horizontally. "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice..." (Proverbs 29:2) Are you in authority? Then the proof is in the joy. After submission comes resistance. Defeat is the path of least resistance. To resist means to stand up to, face off, square your jaw and walk into the ring. Remember, the armor of God listed in Ephesians chapter six is all frontal. The sword, shield, belt, breastplate, etc. all cover the front of the warrior's body. No provision is made for the backside. So we must never run from the conflict. Of course, Paul said to "flee fornication" and John added, "flee idolatry", but such fleeing is not the cowardice of a flea. We are equipped with both fight and flight navigational gear. When dealing, however, with depression and fear, etc. the proper response is always to face it. David "ran toward the army to meet the Philistine" (1 Samuel 17:48). Don't poke around when you go to poke a giant.

 

He submitted, he resisted then he stood. After knocking the giant to the ground David "stood on the Philistine" (vs 51) then grabbed Goliath's own sword and lopped off his head. The whole armor of God account continues, "...and having done all to stand. Stand therefore..." (Ephesians 6:13,14) When James says the devil will "flee", he is not simply acknowledging retreat. To flee doesn't mean simply to back off or let down. It implies total withdrawal and removal, better yet, panic, like a whipped pup scooting out of a room with his tail tucked. Resist the devil and he will flee from you and flea from you. The legion of spirits controlling the madman of Gadara fell at Jesus' feet begging, "Don't send us into the Abyss". They were begging, groveling; pathetic. With one word, "Go!" Jesus chased Legion from the region. And those spirits didn't just retreat, they ran for their lives. So next time you face spiritual assault, don't give in to fear. Stand up, stand straight, stand true, stand tall. David didn't face the giant alone and neither will you. The Almighty stands over your shoulder and will empower your sling and stone. Your job is to resist; His, to assist.


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