Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. – James 4:7
We all have a spiritual enemy. For those who don’t know or believe that, their ability to identify the enemy’s work in their lives and resist it will be nonexistent. The enemy comes “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). He is the author of lies. “He is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). By convincing you to believe his lies, he will steal your joy and destroy your relationships. He will speak thoughts into your mind that contradict the Word of God, these will play with your mind, increase your insecurities and doubts, and cause wedges in the most important relationships in your life. He will feed you false thoughts and do everything he can to make you think that his lies are true and that God’s truth is a lie.
We need to prepare to go in to battle daily by putting on the full armor of God and we need to ask God to help us discern everything that comes at us. We need to be able to determine how much is due to works of the flesh and how much is the plan of the enemy in operation, then take steps to resist both. We need to pray often that we will have the ability to recognize the enemy’s lies. But how can we do that if we don’t have clear knowledge of God’s truth? We need to stay connected to strong Christian Brothers and most of all, God’s Word. We need to ask God to show us clearly what is true and what is not. We can resist the enemy by choosing to live in obedience to God’s ways and by worshipping God for who He is.
Do not merely listen to the Word and deceive yourself, do what it says – James 1:22
What area of your life (if any) do you feel you are currently under spiritual attack? How about those closest in your life? I challenge you to discuss this with your family, friends and accountability partners and pray for each other specifically in those areas, take away all of his strongholds and break the chains!
Lord, help us to discern the lies of the enemy, when big things happen or little things seem like giants, help us to not look at the situation through the lens of the problem, but through the lens of Your Love & Grace. Open our eyes to recognize any spirit of division or confusion that can keep us from doing Your will. Help us to surrender to You in every way and to choose to live according to Your Word! Help us to submit to You daily, spend time You consistently and to keep You our focus at all times. Let us live with an attitude of gratitude and focus on Your Love and Blessings and not on those things that take us away from You. Give us both the wisdom to identify the enemy’s work in our lives and the power to resist him. And Lord, thank you for all of the blessings you pour in to our lives and please help me to stop fighting a battle that has already been won!
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!