Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Resist the Devil and He Will Flee!

A simple definition of spiritual attack would be to say that spiritual attack is anything unexpected, unusual, or out of the ordinary, that causes us to question our faith, to have doubts about God, or anything that takes our focus off God and places it on other things. When either of these things happen, we may become ineffective in our witness to others and in our relationship with the Lord. But remember who you are in Christ, and pray for the Spirit’s help in fulfilling your calling for God. You are His child!

One thing all Christians need to keep in mind, is that if you've had a true soul-saving, born again experience, Satan cannot defeat you outright. Jesus told Peter that the gates of Hell would not prevail against His church. This applies in our lives as well.

The Lord Jesus Christ defeated Satan at Calvary on the Cross. And when we come under spiritual attack, we have at our disposal the full force of that victory. The shed blood of Jesus gives us the power to resist the devil. We are under its protection as long as we keep our focus on Christ and submit our will to His. Use the name of Jesus. Demons will flee! “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7, also 1 Peter 5:8-9

So what does this mean to us? Simply this, Satan has NO power over us that we don't give to him. Once you became a born again child of God, you came under divine protection. Nothing Satan does can take you away from God. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand." So, since Satan knows he can't defeat us, what is his plan? To make us ineffective.

He does this by placing unwanted thoughts in our minds, by placing doubt about our salvation and about God in our hearts, by placing desires for worldly things in us contrary to what we know is Godly, or by getting us into situations or circumstances that he knows will try our faith. He tries to take our focus off Jesus and doing His will. He is the father of lies. Read the Truth aloud, and quote it as Jesus did. (Matthew 4”1-11)

This is not to say that EVERY bad thing that happens to us is caused by the devil. Sometimes it's the actions of our fellow human beings, or even our own flesh carelessness that cause bad things to happen. Often it is our own bad choices (flesh).

DESIRES: Unfortunately, Satan doesn't always need to intervene directly. When people follow the desires of their flesh, bad results usually follow. With these people, while the devil may have placed the desires there initially, the results are due to the decisions made by the people experiencing those desires. Sometimes the devil attacks us through weak links – not directly at us, but through other people in our family, etc.

Of utmost importance is having more faith in the power of God to protect you than in the enemy to harm you. (Psalm 91; 1 John 5:4, 14, 15, 19) The safest place is to see yourself as a little child with a great big Father. God does not ask you to step into a deeper realm of influence for which He has not already prepared your heart. Simply humble yourself daily as a little child before the Father and do not think of yourself more highly than you ought. Spend time each day just sitting in the Father’s presence and allowing Him to express His love and comfort to you. It is often helpful to play worship music and to meditate upon the words while you wait on the Father to reveal Himself to you. (1 Peter 5:5-10; Zephaniah 3:17) Pray for God’s angels’ to help!ugh jobs, etc.


Anonymous said...

I also stumbled on this doing a search for "Resist the devil and he will flee." Very encouraging, indeed to be reminded of Satan's antics. However, "greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world."

kimberly said...

This is tremendously helpful!!!
I tried to stand and resist the devil but i kept failing. I didn't know that the weapons I needed was the Word hid in my heart. To profess the Word against the devil while being attacked. To know just who I am in Christ and to study, meditate and to use the Word against him. I'm just learning but for me its like preparing for a test before hand knowing the devil will come again. If my memory fails me I will know to plead the blood of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, the blood of Jesus is against you devil. As I continue to read and hide His word in my heart my weapontries will build!!!

Praise God!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes thank you as well. I think sometimes we too easily place God in a box, and forget that really all things are possible with God

Anonymous said...

I have been in spiritual warfare and the Lord had been leading my life in the fight for years. Hearing and reading the Bible specially the BOOK OF JAMES has been very helpful. Because The Word of GOD strengthens the believers Faith. Because without faith it is impossible to serve God. A special verse for me is "God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect" Psalms 18:22.
The devil is a thief, a deceiver and a murderer his prime targets are the "True Believers"and he is also our adversary that roams around like a lion, seeking whom he can devour. We must not give him any room to operate in our lives by being filled with the HOLY SPIRIT. Just remember that JESUS' death not only opened the doors of eternal life in Heaven, but it also set us free from the whiles of the devil. We as true believers must "Put on the whole armor of GOD before stepping into the ring with our eternal adversary.

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