Devotion of the Day

“Yes” and “No”

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:7

A well-known writer says that this verse means, “Say, ‘Yes,’ to God and, ‘No,’ to the devil. It is useless to try to resist the devil without first submitting to God. The devil is too strong for us. Victory begins with surrender—to God. But, on the other hand, we are to follow submission to God with resisting the devil. “The battle is the Lord’s,” but we are not machines, we must put our wills on God’s side and say, “No,” to the enemy. We fight with spiritual weapons, but we still fight, and there is not only passive submission but active resistance.

Some make the mistake of mere submission without a positive stand against the tempter. Others resist without submission, and the devil does not flee. It is a double-barreled admonition. It is a clear-cut call to “Yes” and “No.”

“Let your speech be Yea, yea; Nay, nay.”

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.

Devotion of the Day

Included in the Ticket

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Romans 8:32

It is an old story of the ship passenger who lived on crackers and cheese all the way across the ocean only to learn that his meals were included in his ticket.

Our salvation includes more than pardon from sin, deliverance from hell and a ticket to heaven. It includes all that we shall need on our journey. Sin has been dealt with in the Son, but Jesus is not only our Saviour, He is our Sustenance and Supply. We are not to subsist on our own crackers and cheese. “All things are yours.” Indeed, the supreme thing is that God spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all. That is the message of Calvary. But God has also freely given us all things in the gift of His Son. Our assurance, sanctification, peace, joy, wisdom, all that we need for body, mind and spirit to do God’s will, a new body at the resurrection, eternal life in heaven, all this is “included in the ticket.”

What a “ticket,” bought at the purchase price of God’s own Son! Throw away your crackers and cheese! You have a right to eat in the Main Dining Room!

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.