Resist the Devil and He will Flee from You

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7, KJV)

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The Lord tells us the secret of putting the devil to flight in your life. Resist him, and he will flee. Satan does not like anyone who stands his or her grounds. This by itself, tells us volumes about Satan’s strategies against us. He plays on our ignorance. He avails himself of our weaknesses. When he meets someone who is “stubborn”, he leaves them alone and looks for someone else.

The Apostle Paul repeatedly urges us to “stand” in Ephesians 6 as he discussed the armor of God. When you stand your grounds, Satan will flee. After Jesus stood his grounds against Satan, the scripture says “when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season” (Luke 4:13, KJV). He will flee, though he will look for another opportunity to come back.

You stand your ground by resisting the devil. You refuse to allow unbelief in your heart despite all the bad news. You refuse to allow hate and bittiness despite the pressures you are facing. You refuse to give him your joy despite the arrows he shoots against you. You refuse to open a door through sin or some ungodly behavior in your life despite the temptation. And like Jesus, you rebuke him by speaking the Word of God, “piercing into his heart”. When Satan meet people with this attitude, he has but one option, and that is to flee and leave them alone. However, when he meets a believer who cannot stand the least pressure or temptation, he holds a party and enjoys himself. Resist the devil, in any form or shape that he comes, whether against your spiritual life, ministry, health, career, family, finances, etc. If you give him a seat, he will feel welcome. Reject him from the moment he knocks at the door and resist him until he runs away!

MEDITATE

How do you resist the devil? Think about the armor of God in Ephesians 6:12-

APPLY THE WORD

Boldness, courage and “holy stubbornness” in the Word are qualities that scare Satan. Do not allow Satan to scare you from your destiny. Stand your grounds, on the Word!

PRAY

Thank the Father for the victory we have in Christ at all times.  

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