Resist the devil. There is a right way, and there is a wrong way. I have learned this the hard way. There is only one way. He is the way. His name is Jesus.
Maybe you have made the same mistake I have. First, I did not believe there is a devil. Then, when I realized just how much of a devil there truly is, I tried to resist him the wrong way – in my own strength.
A loved one pointed something out to me. I was delighted to find one particular, well known scripture in the Bible. However, like so many other people, I missed the scripture in its full context. You know the one.
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7 KJV).”
But that is not all. My loved one showed me something crucial.
The scripture, in its full context, actually says: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7 KJV).”
If I am not first and foremost submitted to God, I will be unable to resist the devil. Operating in my own human strength will simply not work. In fact, If I attempt to fight the devil in my flesh, I will end up with a disaster on my ends.
So what should I do? Submit to God first, and then operate in His strength according to His instructions. What does this mean? For me, it means I need to be walking by faith and love, studying and applying the Bible to my life, be immersed in the Body of Christ, and be in a full, intimate, and personal relationship with God.
Example. If I am walking around with hatred in my heart toward my family, have just stolen books from the library, and have refused to show mercy to my fellows, I will fall flat on my face in front of the devil. If, on the other hand, I have forgiven those I need to forgive, confessed and repented to God for what is wrong in my life and heart, and am showing mercy to my fellow man, I will be able to hear from and obey the Lord – and have victory in my life in Christ Jesus.
The next scripture is a wonderful reminder: “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded (James 4:8 KJV).”
There really is only way to resist the devil successfully.