We are almost completely unaware. There is an unseen Enemy that is opposing us 24/7. Paul reminded us that, in addition to the world and its unceasing philosophies and the weakness of our flesh, this Enemy is constantly opposing us.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 NASB).
Satan is real and extremely powerful. If we are not careful, or if we are simply unaware, we will allow him to win battles in our lives with no resistance.
But James reminds us, in a simple truth, of an amazing ability we have:
Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
The Christian has an amazing authority and power because of his relationship with the ultimate Sovereign. We can resist the devil, and God promises us that he must leave.
This can be done in prayer by the youngest Christian, reminding the devil that he has no legal claim over our lives because we have been bought with Christ and that he must leave … and leave now!
Our model for this is Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). Tempted three times by Satan himself, Jesus thwarted him repeatedly by countering with Scripture.
Finally, He said, “Go, Satan!” and the devil had to leave. He would come back at “an opportune time” (Luke 4:13), but he left, nonetheless.
Satan is the author of fear and the father of lies. If you listen carefully, you will realize he is constantly whispering deception into your soul. One of his greatest ploys, used since the garden of Eden, is to seek to get you to doubt God—His nature, His goodness, His ways.
Why would you let the devil deceive you, whispering lies with no resistance?
Be aware today of his intrusion. Recognize the thoughts in your mind that are not of God, and resist them in prayer.
As you face any part of your day, pray a prayer of resistance, reminding the devil that he has no legal right to your life or the lives of those around you.
Don’t mindlessly let him win the day!