You Can't Run Before You Can Walk

This probably goes without saying, but you can’t do something that is advanced before you know the basics. For example, trigonometry does not make sense if you don’t have a grasp of other mathematical principles. Meanwhile, you can’t build or wire a home if you are not skilled in carpentry and electrical work. Did you know the same thing applies to the Christian walk?  

Most believers think they can say, “Not today, Satan” and everything will be fine. While I applaud them for that attitude, we all must first submit to God. The Bible says as much.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded (James 4:6-7 KJV).”

Is there something you’re struggling with, something that has you saying, ‘Not today, Satan’ but continually leading to failure? We all have our issues, so let’s make it a point today to humble ourselves, to ask God for help with our struggles, and then resist the devil.

Sure, there will be times where we fail. We are fallen people. But to continue as is would be like a hamster on a wheel never getting anywhere despite how fast or how long we run.

Jesus loves you (John 3:16-17). He’s been there. He was tempted (Hebrews 4:15). Even so, we can be of good cheer. Why? He overcame the world, and we can have victory through Jesus Christ (John 16:33, Philippians 4:13).


I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing pow'r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and bro't
To me the victory.

--Lyrics from “Victory in Jesus” by E.M. Bartlett

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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