by Norman P. Grubb
The light of expressing ourselves as Christ (light through lamp) swallows up the darkness. Where we are tempted to hate, we love with God’s love, including enemies. Where tempted to fear (which is really negative believing in evil), we have the faith of God for the situation: anxiety with assurance; depression with affirmations of Him as out joy, though soul feelings may last. We “resist the devil” as stated in James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
By submitting to God, and in that affirmation that coward of a devil flees. We replace all negatives (without condemnation for feeling the pull of them, and thus accepting Satan’s right to pull) with the positives of Christ as us and we as expressions of God as love, power, peace, recognizing Who we are, Him as us, and we loving as He loves, walking as He walks, overcoming our world as He did by faith, just as John says in his letter.
We even turn an infatuation for someone into a positive faith action so that, instead of being overwhelmed with condemnation that we should not have such an infatuation, we by faith see Christ forming Himself in that one. Depressions, tensions, compulsive jeal¬ousies, hurts, and bitterness —— per¬haps going back a long time ago into our earlier life —— are all transformed when they are not resisted with false condemnation as if we were independent selves, but rather are received as temptations meant by God and which we therefore “count” (though do not feel) as “all joy” – James 1:2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.
We deliberately replace all negative reactions by seeing them as His set purpose (we will see later how God ‘means’ all things). We meet them by reversing our negative believing —— by affirming that He works all things after the counsel of His own will – Ephesians 1:11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, and that there is no power but God.
Simple as This by Norman Grubb