“We have a High Priest, who has made for us a complete and accepted atonement, so that we need not perish for want of a propitiation. He is also our advocate. His intercession is all prevalent. Him the Father heareth always. He understands our case perfectly. He knows all things. No evil can assail us without his knowing all about it. He knows our foes, our wants and our weaknesses. He is omnipotent, and can subdue all his and our enemies. He is the Son of God.” –William S. Plumer “Hebrews” p. 173
James Russell Miller was born on March 20, 1840 at Frankfort Springs, Pennsylvania and died on July 2, 1912. Besides authoring over 80 books, booklets, and pamphlets, he was the Editorial Superintendent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication and a very active pastor in a succession of churches.
The crucible of his education was his service with the United States Christian Commission, an agency set up to minister to the troops, during the civil war. When the war ended he completed his theological studies and was ordained and installed on September 11, 1867. On June 22, 1870, when he was thirty, he married Miss Louise E. King.
The end of life on earth came without warning on the afternoon of July 2, 1912. JR’s wife, Louise Miller, and their only daughter, Mary Wanamaker Miller (Mrs. W.B. Mount), were present, but it was impossible to summon the sons — William King Miller and Russell King Miller. One moment he seemed to be resting quietly; the next he was at rest.
He was one of the best selling Christian authors of his era. His books had a total circulation of over two million copies during his lifetime and in 1911 the Presbyterian Board of Publication, under his direction, published over 66 million copies of its periodicals.
James 4.7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
How can one have the devil flee from them? In other words, how can you give the devil the boot? By confessing a bunch of “faith inspired mantras”? By listening to Joel’s CD’s on Spiritual Victory?
No. You will only obtain victory over the devil by submitting to God. What does it mean to submit? Surrender to His ways, His plans and His purposes. In other words, submitting to His sovereignty.
Let’s look at this one more time now and reverse the order. The devil will flee from you if you resist him and you resist him by surrendering to the sovereignty of God.
Simple? No. Not as far as the devil is concerned and especially not as far as your flesh man is concerned.
But necessary and vital to the Christian walk and to salvation in general. The entire Christian life revolves around the sovereignty of God. From salvation, to maturing in Him, to spiritual victory over the enemy…it all hinges on the sovereignty of God.
How does one surrender to the sovereignty of God? That one must be saved in order to have the Holy Spirit empower him to do so. Otherwise, an unregenerate sinner cannot surrender to anything, let alone God.
If you want freedom from the enemy’s attacks, if you want to stifle and starve the sin man and if you want to be able to spend time with God and not have those pesky sins and habits gnawing at you…you must surrender to God through prayer and Bible study.
This is how you spend time with God. Not listening prayer, not meditation, not through confessions and mantras…only through submitting to the truth and power of His Holy Writ.
“Many rest quite satisfied with themselves, because they are not revilers, blasphemers, drunkards, or otherwise openly profane and immoral, and think themselves in little danger. They forget that the very core of depravity is a hard heart. It is of itself just cause of everlasting banishment from God.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” (Psalm 95) p. 876