Passage 53: Resist the Devil, and He Will Flee from You

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Reflection

In my experience with spiritual struggles, I often feel like the victim simply because I forget to resist.

The enemy is a bully; the enemy feeds on fear. The enemy preys on those who feel helpless.

How about you? What is your experience?

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

Fear not, we are not helpless when we are with our messiah, Jesus. When we submit ourselves to God, we would never feel helpless again. When we surrender our life to God, we become warriors ourselves, members of God’s army and kingdom.

With that in mind, we are given the authority to not just resist, but even to cast them out:

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.(Matthew 10:1)

When we believe that we have this authority from our King, then we can do all these things: to cast away demons and heal every disease and every affliction.

With our weaknesses, we become strong. We can do great things not by our might, but through Jesus, our Messiah and King, who strengthens us. Our strength lies in God.

Not by our might, but through our faith as members of God’s army and kingdom, we can do great things.

Not by our might, but through our faith that we have the authority vested to us by our King, Jesus — we can cast away demons and heal diseases:

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:19-20)

We are not victims and helpless. This bully can no longer harm us and frighten us. Bullies normally flee when we resist them.

In the name of Jesus, we resist the enemy. Amen.

Prayer

Father in Heaven, thank you for your love and protection.

We praise you and glorify you.

You are the only true God.

You are our God.

Grant us the courage, Father, to resist the lures of the enemy.

Grant us the wisdom to know when they happen.

Grant us the strength, in Jesus’ name, to cast them away.

This we pray, Father. Amen.

Challenge

Stand with God and be conscientious of whatever you are doing during the week. Be on guard and resist the enemy.

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