Submitted Unto Satan
It is shocking to realize that when we are not submitted unto God, we are submitted unto Satan.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
It is also troubling that even believers give place to the Devil.
Ephesians 4:21-27: If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.
There are some troubling definitions of that word *place* in the Strong*s Concordance: A spot, a location, a home, a tract, an opportunity, a coast, license, a place, a quarter or a room. Pastor Leonard Bullock wisely pointed out that just because the Devil flees from you, it doesn*t mean he will stay away. He has a multitude of ways to sneak up on us. Once he finds a chink in our armor he will return there again and again. *If you give him an inch, he*ll take a mile.*
1 Peter 5:8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 Corinthians 10:12: Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Unbelievers have what I will call spiritual inertia. They are always going the wrong way. We Christians also have spiritual inertia. We sometimes go the right way, the way God wants us to go. Satan uses a lot more energy trying to stop Christians than he has to use on those going the wrong way. And once he gets Christians stopped, we need the Lord*s help to get going again. I need to ask for His help to get started again more times than I can count.
We need to spend as little time as possible submitted unto Satan.