When the Devil Comes Hard at You

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I am not even sure what I muttered aloud as I dealt with the latest little not so pretty challenge in a day filled with annoying, tiring, and unpleasant hurdles, but it most assuredly had to do with how hard the devil was coming at me trying to stop me from pressing on in my ministry work for the Lord. That’s when I heard two simple and oh so powerful words bearing a vitally important message.

“RESIST HIM,” the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.

I have a long history when being attacked by the devil of letting myself get clobbered and pummeled by the enemy and responding by cowering, being intimidated, feeling defeated, getting discouraged, allowing myself to get brutally battered and beaten up and then plunking myself down having a pity party on the battlefield all the while letting the devil have his way with me. The Lord has reminded me over and again that HE TELLS US WHAT WE SHOULD DO WHEN WE ARE IN THE THICK OF BATTLES TO HAVE VICTORY!

Please see below for some wonderful and powerful scriptures to help you in your battles, but please don’t stop there. Look to the Lord, look to His Word, seek Him for specific instructions in your battles, obey Him, and achieve victory in Christ for the glory of Christ, AMEN!

Father, help us to fight and win! Lead us to the scriptures you want us to use in our battles. Speak to our hearts by your Spirit who lives inside we who follow you. Give us instructions, please, dear Lord. Strengthen us. And may you get ALL the glory when we are victorious. For your glory, yes, AMEN!

Lord, you have reminded me time and again that in the Old Testament, those who won their battles did so because they followed the SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS you gave them for each and every battle. You had different instructions for different battles, and the victorious heard from you and obeyed you. Help us to use the verses in the Bible you give us regarding battles AND to seek, hear, and obey you concerning any specific instructions you have for us in each and every battle. Thank you for your exceeding love and care and protection for us. Amen again, AMEN! Hallelujah, AMEN!

“But 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.” James 4:6-8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:8-10

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:10-20

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