Resist The Devil, But How?

Whether as accuser, adversary, or destroyer, it is clear that the devil is the enemy.

Having been created by God as the chief among angelic beings, the devil would not abuse his station but instead tried to usurp God Almighty. The devils pride and covetousness were his undoing. God cast the devil out of heaven along with the rebellious angels who we now know as demons. The devil and his demons will spend eternity in the lake of fire prepared for them (Matthew 25:41). Ever since his rejection from the heavenly sphere, the devil has made it his purpose to destroy the works of God (John 10:10).

It is the primary purpose for the devil to steal, kill, and destroy everything good in the world, God’s people, and God’s creation, it is also of primary importance to point out that we can resist the devil by the power of God, not our own (Zechariah 4:6; John 15:5; 2 Corinthians 12:9), God has given His Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, to all who are trusting in Christ, for salvation (Romans 8:9). The same Spirit that enabled Jesus to successfully ward off the devil’s forty-day campaign in the desert has been given to believers (Mark 1:13). The first step of resisting the devil is submitting to God. We are made right with God through the sacrifice of Jesus, and then in our lives, we submit to Him by responding to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Additionally, God has not left us defenseless in our battle against that ancient evil dragon but has provided us with a complete set of armor (Ephesians 6:10-20). God has given us the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness of, gophel shoes, and the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit and prayer.

The truth of God’s Word, the sword of the Spirit, acts as both a defensive and offensive weapon. God’s truth protects us from the devil’s lies and is used to proclaim the truth of the gospel. Our loins are to be girded with truth, meaning that the truth of God provides stability and core support. A “belt” is also a place where flowing tunics could be gathered up to enable feet to move freely. God’s truth gives us not only structure and support but freedom to not be entangled (John 8: 31-33; Hebrew 12:1-2). It is because of God’s truth that we know we are made righteous in Christ, and through His truth that we live out this righteousness in practice. The righteousness that comes through faith in Christ acts as a breastplate and the shield to protect us from the devil’s assaults on our hearts (Romans 3:22; Philippians 1:11). The gospel shoes give us peace, which helps enable us to stand firm and also acts as our protector. The helmet of salvation secures our minds 1 Corinthians 2:16 says that “we have the mind of Christ.” Romans 12:2 tells us to “be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The helmet of salvation assures us that we are eternally saved by God. And it also functions as words of ongoing salvation to deliver us from the power of sin. When our minds are secure in Christ, we can better resist the devil. And often forgotten weapons in the battle against the devil is prayer. It’s some of the most crucial moments in the life of Christ. He prepared himself through prayer (Matthew 26:36-46; Hebrews 5:7).

All of these spiritual weapons are wielded by believers In the power of the Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ. God has provided everything we need to defend ourselves against the cunning and devious acts up he who disguises him so as an angel of light (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Corinthians 11:14). It is by faith in Christ and the power in the Holy Spirit that we overcome both the world and the devil (John 5:4-5). We resist the devil when, when like Christ we resist temptation. Resist the devil by refusing to worship anyone or anything other than God (Matthew 4:8-19). We resist the devil by living on the very word of God and not merely on bread (Matthew 4:2-4).

Finally, why Mr. devil for you when we resist him in this manner? Simply put, the devil mostly when we kissed him with a spiritual weapons because he who lives in us (Jesus Christ) is greater than the devil (1John 4:4). Just like a demon scour and shriek in the frightful care before the presence of Christ, the devil must flee from us when we resist him because he Christ dwells in us (Matthew 8:29; Romans 8:19; Colossians 1:27). Christ to triumphed over the Devils attacks an accusation by defeating the powers of sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). When the devil accuses a question of sin and guilt, the Christian care appeal to the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 9:26). When the devil attacks a Christian with doubts about God‘s promises and goodness, the question can counter with a sword of the Spirit. God has thoroughly equipped the believer of Christ to resist the devil and caused him to flee.

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