Resist the Devil

  • James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
  • 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
  • Genesis 4:6-7 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
  • Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

You are to resist the devil. You have authority over him and have been delegated the use of the Name of Jesus (Mark 16:17-18). The Word says to submit to God. This will allow you to be confident to come against Satan and resist him. Submission gives God a place of Lordship in your life, a place of reverence. Have you given Him such a place in your life? If so, you have all you need to resist the devil. Be alert to the devil’s schemes and be of sober mind. This will allow you to take the authority you have in Christ to defeat Satan. The Word says that he will flee from you, not he might. Fleeing means to run away. Satan should be running away from you if you know who you are in Christ, who your covenant Partner is, and the power and authority that has been given to you.

How to resist the devil:
  1. Submit to God (James 4:7) on a daily basis and maintain a close intimacy with the Lord by spending time in the Word, in prayer, and in praise and worship. God’s Spirit will lead you (John 16:13) as you allow Him and you’ll be able to resist the devil.
  2. Know the Word and the promises of God, so you understand what belongs to you. Contend for what you do not have at this time by claiming what the Word says rightfully belongs to you.
  3. Know who you are in Christ so you realize that you are victorious; you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) and the enemy has already been defeated (Colossians 2:15).
  4. Understand how the enemy works, be alert to his schemes, and know your armor (Ephesians 6:10-18).
  5. Take authority over the enemy in the Name of Jesus (Mark 16:17-18).
  6. Stand for the victory. Expect it and don’t doubt.

Call to action
: Take some time to look back on some of the devil’s schemes in your life and how you countered them. Realize how the enemy works in your life to trip you up and resist him. Look at ways you can be more efficient the next time the devil attacks you.