Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 (NIV)
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 (NIV)
Do you get annoyed and defensive when people attempt to correct you? Perhaps it seems as though they think that they know how best you should live your life. They may even justify their input by saying that it is constructive criticism.
Even though it may truly be constructive criticism, most of us don’t like people superimposing their ideas and beliefs upon us. Our initial response is typically to rise up as a defense attorney and push them all the way back into their rightful place, as we justify action upon action. Many times, of which, we know we are clearly in the wrong but we allow pride to rise up and be the force that drives our justification process.
Why is it that we are extremely apt to put people in their rightful place but rarely do we attempt to push satan back into his place? He attempts to superimpose his thoughts onto our minds day after day, none of which is constructive criticism, I might add. In order to serve as the defense attorney who wins the case against the enemy, it is essential that we know what the truth in God’s Word says about us and our situation….it is the only thing that will render the enemy powerless and cause him to retreat.
Lord, give me a burning desire to become completely immersed in Your Word. As the enemy attempts to fill me with lies about my situation, I thank You that I can respond with the truth from Your Word in order to push him back into his rightful place.