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7 Submit yourselves [hupotasso] therefore [oun] to God [theos]. Resist [anthistemi] the
devil [diabolos], and [kai] he will flee [pheugo] from [apo] you [humon].KJV-Interlinear
7 Submit therefore to God. Resist
the devil and he will flee from you. NASB
Submit means not what you would think it means.Typically, we think of submit, as meaning to
present yourself, or to surrender yourself in a passive or helpless fashion.
When we studied the Armageddon campaign, we saw that
the Southern power, or the Arab states as we know them today, will submit to
the Northern power, after the fashion of a woman forced onto her back and given
no mercy by a an onslaught of men.And
she does this in order to save herself, which she does not.This is a passive surrender with no attempt
to get away.
Likewise, resist in this passage does not mean as you
would think.Again, the Southern power
was (or will in the future) resisting the Northern power, by fighting as best
they could, but to no avail.This is an
active attempt to fight off an attacker, but with no good results.
And in both of these examples, at the end of the
Tribulation, the Southern power is the first of the four powers to vanish away
from history, permanently.
But in this verse, submit, means to become proactive,
to choose, to select, to give of ones self freely, to openly force oneself onto
another.This is similar to a wife submitting
to her husband, which does not carry the fist connotation, but the second.She openly and voluntarily chooses and pushes
herself into her husband's life.
Likewise, we are to rush, attack, deeply desire, the
Word of God, and hurry as though we might miss the last train, in order to get
on board, and ride into our spiritual life.
Think of being the last to be chosen for a golden
super jackpot prize, or a pile of doggie doo-doo.Think of having one last chance of eternal
happiness or eternal terror.Think of
coming extremely close to losing that thing you want the most in the whole wide
world, where everything depends on your final and last decision or effort.
That is the mood, the panic, the fear of missing out,
that you should display when pursuing your spiritual life.God has a mountain of gold, or a pile of
doggie doo-doo for you.Which would you
want to receive?
That is the attitude that you should take toward God
and His grace, because that is the reality of the blessing difference you will
receive, or not receive, depending on your attitude toward God and your
spiritual life.This is the attitude
that you should take in the conduct of your daily life.
Resist the devil?Do we go out and buy guns and armor?Do we go out and burn all witches and bad guys? No.
This resistance is a passive one, not an active
one.Our resistance is simply thinking doctrine,
and not thinking wickedness.And,
conducting or daily lives accordingly.
In both cases, evil and temptation will fade from your
thinking, and Gods blessings will enter into your life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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