You can have victory over Satan

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “You have been set free”
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:7-8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You can have victory over Satan”
This morning I want to continue our discussion from yesterday regarding the important truth that we no longer have to be slaves to sin. You can have victory over Satan. You can choose to resist what is bad and submit to what is good.
Satan’s goal is to oppose God by getting people to disobey Him. But we don’t have to let Satan have the victory in our lives. James 4:7-8 is clear that if we are intentional about resisting him, Satan must flee from us. As was noted in yesterday’s devotional, Satan can’t make us do anything that we’re not willing to do.
As James noted, the secret to having victory over Satan is a simple two-step process. First, resist him. Be intentional about it. We discussed this yesterday. 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a promise from God which was tailormade for exactly this situation. If you want to resist the temptation you are faced with then make 1 Corinthians 10:13 your prayer in that moment – claim it as your own, look for the way out that God has promised to provide for you, and then take it. Resist the devil, and his best efforts against you will be defeated.
The second and even more important part of this is also found in James 4:7-8. It involves drawing near to God. Get close to God and stay close to Him. Satan can’t stand to be in the presence of God. The closer you are to the Lord the further away from you Satan will want to be. That doesn’t mean that he will give-up in his efforts to get you to stray, but it does mean that the closer you are to God the harder it is for Satan to get to you. So, do what you need to do to stay as close to God as you can be. Pray. Read your Bible. Keep your mind focused on Jesus throughout the day. Hang around with other Christians. Attend church.
As was noted yesterday, we no longer have to be slaves to sin. We have been set free by Jesus. That means you can and should have the victory over Satan in every situation. But you do have to be intentional about it. You have to want the victory and you have to work for it. You do your part and God will do His. Resist the devil, draw near to God, God will draw near to you, and you will experience victory over sin and Satan.  
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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