Saturday, June 2, 2007

Resisting Satan

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NKJV)
The scripture in James 4:7 states that if we resist the devil he will flee from us. This is a promise from God that we need to believe in.

Ways to get Satan to take flight out of our lives are by:

R esounding the trumpet of our Lord and call on Him to come into our hearts. It’s vital that we resist taking up the space that belongs to God in our hearts and leaving it open for Satan to occupy. Doing our part at resisting Satan’s willingness to come quickly when we call out to him in our acts of disobedience and rebellion against God. It’s God we need to be inviting into our hearts sounding the trumpet in Satan’s ear announcing the presence of the Lord in our lives.

E xercising the authority God has given us to tell Satan to get behind us, we’re children of God. We have been given the authority over Satan and we need to use it properly to fight against him. Resisting the temptations he puts in front of us on a daily basis to join him in his behavior by handing our authority over to him.

S topping ourselves from falling for Satan’s lies. It’s when we stop listening to the lies that Satan tries to feed us that his effectiveness is gone and he will flee. It’s important that we learn to recognize those lies and see through them for what they are. One of his biggest lies being the fact that we are unable to stand up against and resist him when indeed we can with the help of the Lord.

I gniting the flame of God in our lives. We have God on our side and its up to us to keep that inflamed and working for us to resist Satan and his trickery.

S tanding firm in the truth of God’s word, submitting to God daily. Christ used the truth of God’s word to resist the temptations of Satan and we must do the same. The more we know from God’s Word the more effective that knowledge becomes as ammunition in a fierce battle in a world that lives off lies.

T aking away any foothold given to Satan. It doesn’t work when we allow Satan to have one foot in the door of our life. It’s up to us to resist cracking the door for him giving him no reason to stay as he takes flight. Treating him as an intruder not an invited guest slamming in the door any toes he tries to set foot into our lives.

Closing Thought: Satan is persistent and we need to be that as well. He knows our weak points. He’s an expert at finding the right buttons to push to send us in a tailspin down wrong roads and dead end paths. He will flee however we need to be alert, as he will return as part of his unrelenting behavior to weaken and destroy that which should be steadfast in Christ. The Bible is our weapon, God is our strength to endure, our confidence needs to be in God that His promise in this verse we started with today holds true, even for us.

Copyright 2007 Karen J. Gillett @ Pencil Marks and Recipes Publishing

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