Resist the devil

James 4:7,8  “Submit yourselves, then to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and He will come near to you.  Wash your hands , you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” 

As I have been reviling in my recent spiritual growth spurts and close intimacy with God, I have also been reminded in suttle  ways that the devil is very real, and needs to be addressed.  He has distracted my thoughts, he has distracted my time, he has messed with my emotions, and I am just about done with his crap right now.   I recently got in the habit of “voicing” his banishment when I have sensed his slimy presence around me. Some times its vocal, or sometimes its in a form of communication to others, like email, which I did with a member of my life group at church this past week.    Many people don’t take spiritual warfare as seriously as they should; I know I didn’t for a long time.  Maybe it’s a maturity thing, I don’t know.  But I do know that the devil stops at nothing to kill and destroy our lives; whether that be spiritual or physical.  Obviously I am writing this b/c I am feeling attacked by his schemes, and am learning to better hear the very clear voice of the Holy Spirit who is guiding my understanding.  Let me just say, that when ever you have an evil though, which is a sinful thought or desire, you better get on your knees and start praying for some Holy Help!  I’m not kidding.  The bible says not to give the devil a foot hold.  As some one who has had her share of backslides, you better believe it takes all strength somedays to fight off his attacks, but when I do, I find comfort, peace, and best of all strengh that wasn’t there before.  I didn’t plan on posting this today, but sometimes we just got to stop and obey what the spirit guides us to.  Whatever attatck you may find yourself in, know that it is real, don’t fear it, but grab your bible and start finding scripture to fight it off.  I have a small Bible promise book full of different topics that has become instrumental.  It’s a gift that was given to me years ago by a priest who is a frined of the family.  It sat on my self for years collecting dust, now it is next to me in my nightstand drawer, and I often take it with me in Bible case.   May God continue to grant us dissernment in all matters that are holy and pure, and may he guide us in all undestanding and aid us in our every need. Amen.

5 thoughts on “Resist the devil

  1. The devil is real….and you have reminded us that he is.

    I forget — until I am faced with his naked deception and then I remember.

  2. Robin, this is just what I wrote about today! I was tempted to blow off God this weekend and I know it was satan. Just the thought is enough to give me the creeps. But God rescued me. I hope you come read it! 🙂 jenny

  3. i never used to believe in spiritual warfare either–as you know i experience it myself way to often–and have a hard time dealing with it–but it is around and something we all have to deal with–and have to remember that satan is NOT the one with the power–thanks for the reminder and blessings

  4. I do believe in spiritual warfare. Sometimes I am not vigilant to do my part to fight against it. Satan is so crafty to use God’s people to distract you sometimes! I think of how many times in my life I have been used like that. Oh forgive me Dear Jesus! Have you ever read “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis? If not…you need to. It is about a “head demon” writing letters to a lower demon on how to keep someone from being saved or if they do get saved how he can “distract” them from what God wants them to do. Awesome book.
    I loved your post. Thank you for being so honest.

  5. Yep, he is roaming to and fro throughout the earth seeking whom he may devour, may we always be alert and vigilant and have on the full armor of God so that we can quench all the fiery darts of the evil one! And pray always in the Holy Spirit!

    Blessings to you robin 🙂

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