Resist the enemy and he will flee
Last week, I asked my youth ministry (Young Adults) if someone could tell me: What do you do when Satan is roaming around you? Think of someone stalking you. They all answered: Ignore him. I asked why, they responded: I’m not going to pay attention. No guys! That’s not what you should do at all. So you’re telling me that Satan will just leave you alone out of boredom because you’re not paying attention to his temptations? Let me show you what’ll happen if you do this.
What happens if you ignore the situation?
- He won’t stop.
- There are a gazillion ways to tempt someone; especially if you step away from God’s ways, and ignore the Holy Spirit.
- He’s waiting for the perfect moment to strike!
What to do: Resist the devil- James 4:7
Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Tools You’ll Need
1. Submission to God means saying your cross and surrounding it all.
Remember there are three in one; it’s a three-fold cord you’re dealing with here. Three in one; each with it’s own function and purpose; God, Christ & Holy Spirit. A three-fold cord which cannot be undone.
However, it may not be activated if you’re not living within each one. Let’s not forget how Satan even tried to tempt Jesus! However, Jesus did not fall for His temptation.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
You are flesh and blood. Our battles are all spiritual but reflected in the flesh through our actions, decisions and way of life.
2. You resist those temptations presented upon you through prayer.
Praying is having an intimate one on one conversation with God. It’s that simple. What happens when you pray: The darkness and light go through a spiritual battle where God’s mercy and grace is upon you due to your dedication of serenading and asking for help. Of course, you also have to pay a price for this mercy and grace given to you.
Examples from Jesus himself
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness- Matthew 4:1-11
Satan tested him in his hunger and gifts
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Satan tested him in faith and the supernatural
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Satan tests him in obedience, submission
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Remember there are three in one; it’s a three-fold cord you should be sustained by. Three in one; each with its own function and purpose. A three-fold cord which cannot be undone. However, it may not be activated if you’re not living within each one. Let’s not forget how Satan even tried to tempt Jesus! However, Jesus did not fall for His temptation.
He steals Peace
When Satan tempts you, he’s basically asking you to make him part of your life in exchange of something you may desire. Jesus tempted him in obedience, submission and more. One basically thinks that he’ll offer something like money, land or fame. However, he works in many ways. One of the ways he used to attack me was in fear. It’s been years that I’ve kept my faith (trust in Jesus) and he can’t attack me in that department as he used to.
Read: Pray without ceasing
He has attacked me in other areas throughout my life like arguing. When you argue, different spirits began to activate. For instance, oppression leads to sadness, which leads to anger, which leads to fighting, which leads to wrath, which leads to resentment, which leads to violence and so on, In this example, look at all the spirits it took to lead to anger or more.
These are all the spirits one has stored in their soul. Is this what you want as well? I doubt it. Therese are spirits which you may consider “feelings” and should be controlled through your own self control. So continue to pray so that these temptations won’t proceed. The moment you feel it coming, stop what you’re doing and pray: Lord, may the fruit of self control activate. I do not take in this sadness. I give it all to you and may the spirit of joy come over me. Amen.
Hopefully, you now have a simple and better understanding on how to resist the enemy also known as Satan or the devil. In these examples that Jesus gave, you can see one of the different styles of prayer applied.
Also read: Revealing 7 Praying Styles
After reading this, what most impacted you about the way Satan tempted Jesus? Or about the way he operates on a daily basis? To me,were the departments he attacked.