Resisting the Devil

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“Resist the devil and he will flee!”

We’ve all claimed the promise and expected the victory! But, getting the devil off your back can be a challenge sometimes. Either the devil isn’t fleeing or one demon is lined up right after the other to take the last one’s place! At least that’s what crosses my mind in seasons of heavy spiritual warfare. I’m resisting the devil all right, but it doesn’t seem like he’s paying any attention. How do I know? Well, he hasn’t budged… much less flee seven different ways (Deut. 28:7).

When Resisting Seems Futile:

In spite of resisting with all my might, sometimes the enemy continues fighting against me like he’s deaf or ignoring the power of the Name of Jesus. Yet I know God is not a man that He should lie (Num. 23:19). The Word is absolutely 100% true all the time, without fail. And God’s Word says every knee must bow to the Name of Jesus (Phil. 2:10). So what gives?

The Word is Reliable – I Need a Revelation!

When God’s Word does not seem to be working, this is what I know: It’s not God’s Word that’s not working! Usually, I am either missing some key revelation or carrying around a stronghold. Either way, I am in need of a revelation! With that in mind, let’s look at this “resist the devil” Scripture in context. Read carefully, you will hear what the Bible actually says:

“He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (Jms. 4:6-8)

This Scripture offers several clues to moving into deeper revelation and carrying a greater posture for warfare:

  1. First God resists the proud! We must recognize that resisting the devil begins with humble surrender to God! That word resist (Greek anthístēmi) means to “take a complete stand against” or a “contrary position” and refuse to be moved. Well, imagine what you would get with God resisting you? And we can’t take a complete stand against an enemy with whom we are standing in some measure of agreement. We must surrender to the King and break our agreement with the devil, if we want the King’s ruler-ship to effect our lives. In agreement, there is power; power to bind or loose, power to free or enslave… and we cannot measure the strength of our stance based upon the volume of our voice. We must find our strength in the power of God’s Word! We must fully submit to God! That’s why it’s a good idea to repent and glorify God before engaging the enemy.
  2. Second, the Name of Jesus is not a magic word! We cannot toss it around like it carries some kind of quick fix for all that ails us. True and lasting victory comes not only through faith in the Name of Jesus, but also intimate relationship with Him. The power in the Name of Jesus is released by a delegated authority that is nurtured in relationship. You cannot have a powerful faith in God, when you really do not know Him. When the pressure is on, you need to truly know His heartbeat. Our revelation of Jesus as warrior, and our submission to Him as King; play an enormous role in giving the devil his marching orders. You and I have been given delegated authority to advance the Kingdom of God in the Earth… but only under the covering of an intimate relationship. Jesus said many would come to Him saying lord, lord, doing amazing things; but He would not know them, because they practiced lawlessness (Mt. 7:21-23). A growing relationship with Christ is needed to be given authority against the devil… words are not enough!
  3. Third… New levels – more devils! Sometimes I really do think there is an onslaught of demons that come one after another. You command one to flee, and there’s another right there to take its place. Yet with more devils comes the need for more grace. What I have become sure of …is that if we worship God in the midst of the battle, He will war against our enemies! So while we must not back down or hesitate to go on the offensive against our enemies, I believe worshiping God generates the intimacy needed to pull upon God’s heart and send the devil packing.

Having done all to stand – Stand!

That’s the phrase from Ephesians 6:13-14 that always leaps off the page at me. At times you just have to keep standing, even when your flat on your back! There is grace… did you read that! There is more grace! And there really is more grace in Christ, than in your strength. There is all sufficiency and an abundance of grace, abounding toward you in Christ.

So, find your focus in Christ and you will see the enemies flee at your command! (Lk. 10:19)

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