‘We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil.’ Ephesians 6:12 GWT
In her classic book, War on the Saints, Jessie Penn-Lewis writes, ‘The chief condition… for the working of evil spirits in human beings, apart from sin, is passivity.’ That’s why the apostle Peter urges us, ‘Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.’ (1 Peter 5:8 NLT) Have you ever seen a hungry lion devour its prey? That’s a picture of what Satan is out to do to you. And he will use things like pleasure, power, pressures, possessions, passions, and people to do it.
Paul tells us to be on guard ‘so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.’ (2 Corinthians 2:11 NLT) How can you defend yourself? Neil Anderson says, ‘Our defence against direct attacks by the evil one is to speak aloud God’s truth.’ The Word of God is a sword to protect us against the evil one. (See Ephesians 6:17) So, when you’re in Satan’s crosshairs, remember James 4:7 KJV: ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’
Take these two powerful steps: First, talk to God before engaging the Enemy. ‘Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.’ (Psalm 50:15 NKJV)
Second, talk to—but not with—the Enemy. And keep it short and authoritative! ‘Satan, in the irresistible name of Jesus, cease all activity against me now. Leave and don’t return!’
Will he obey? You have submitted and resisted—he has no option.
SoulFood: Neh 11–13 John 18:25–40 Ps 67 Pro 30:29–33
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023