“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). You have to say “yes” to God first before you can effectively say “no” to the devil.
CONFIDENCE AND COMMITTAL
I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
II Timothy 1:12
Paul’s confidence in Christ led to committal. In the home town of my boyhood days we had two banks. I had confidence in both, but committed my money to only one. A man might have utmost confidence in a bank but it will not keep his money until he deposits it. Paul made the deposit.
The housewife who, when told to endorse a check, wrote, “I heartily endorse this check,” was not unlike some of us in spiritual matters. We endorse the Bible as God’s Word and Jesus as God’s Son, but we do not actually “sign our name,” we do not make it personal. We believe, but we do not commit all we are and have to it.
Have you made the deposit? He will keep what you commit. Be sure your faith is confidence plus committal.