DEVOTION

SEVEN WAYS TO RESIST THE DEVIL – EQUIPPED TO CONQUER

1. THE VICTORY IS YOURS

Always remember Satan has been defeated by our Lord Jesus Christ. Every time we resist God’s will over our lives, we are actually doing Satan’s biding. So BE SOBER! BE VIGILANT!

[John 16:32-33] – “…And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Our Prince of Peace, has already won the battle. It is therefore in your jurisdiction to confidently run the race set before you; undeterred.

2. DYING TO SELF IS YOUR WEAPON
My favorite bible character has got to be Paul. He never shied away from expressing the afflictions he encountered in his life of ministry. But it was his active business to subdue the desires of his flesh that tried him. It’s important to understand that though we have been saved in Christ by grace, through faith, we are still in a carnal world in carnal bodies. This is why it’s important to constantly die to self – EVERYDAY! Carry your cross every SINGLE day [Matthew 16:24] The devil has no off days or leave of absence days. He is working overtime so you have to work, HARDER![Psalm 139:23-24] – “Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me and discover my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in the everlasting way.”


3. LOCKING UP THE DOORS IS YOUR SECRET

Remember that the devil likes to break down your defenses first and by leaving you out in the open, he takes that opportunity to bring chaos and confusion into your life. You start to question God’s truth itself. This is why it’s always important to FLEE whenever you find yourself in situations that could lead you into SIN. The moment you start questioning God’s truth recognize that you have been compromised. Close the doors! Fall on your knees. PRAY! May God continue to be your strength until your work is done good and faithful servant. Learn to listen to the voice of God and His alone. Meditate on His word day and night.

4. PUTTING ON THE BATTLE GEAR NEUTRALIZES HIM
Understand the Devil’s sole intent – The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy… [James 10:10]. It is the devil’s business to sow seeds of confusion and anarchy wherever he goes. But keep in mind that we have an omniscient and omnipresent Father so remember to dwell in the Lord’s counsel always [Psalm 91:1-2] that He may show you what is right and what is wrong in your walk of righteousness and stay geared up in resisting the devil’s attacks.

[Ephesians 6: 10-13] – 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 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 the evil day and having done ALL to stand.
Take note of how Ephesians 6:13 speaks of an evil day coming. It does not speak of the day POSSIBLY coming but rather the day WILL come. A real soldier knows to prepare themselves for battle beforehand.

5. PRAISE
There is something about an atmosphere of praise that disengages our defenses or things held up inside of us. Praise unclogs us of all the gunk and mess of life’s happenings. Praise releases heavenly inspired freedom and invites the Holy Spirit into our lives to minister wisdom, healing and transformation/renewal. Praise allows us to be earnest and transparent with God. Where the spirit of God is there is freedom indeed! Praise allows for us to fully commune with God with joy as the centerpiece. Praise brings us into Godly submission and we unreservedly offer ourselves up for the glory of God. We are transformed into vessels of honor reserved for God’s purposes.

Learn to praise God wherever you are. Praise Him in the pain. Praise Him in the joy. Praise Him in weakness. Praise Him in affliction. Praise Him in uncertainty. Praise Him in chaos. God is good. He has always been, always will be. So, learn to set aside some time to praise God and give Him the honor and glory due to His name. Listen to that praise inspired song! Journal! Read! My favorite book of the Bible that offers amazing insights on praise has got to be the book of Psalms. I’d highly recommend you use this book in guiding you on how to praise.

Stop feeding into the devil’s lies and schemes to break down your defenses by taking offense for all the bad/wrong things that have happened to you. You are a child of the true King. False words should never affect you. Click To Tweet

 

6. PRAYING FOR THE OFFENDERS GIVES YOU THE UPPER HAND
It’s fairly difficult for me personally to let go of the wrong that people have done to me. But I’ve learnt to understand that the way I react to trauma or disappointment is a clear representation of my own emotional/mental/spiritual orientation. Please understand, people will always do bad by you but it’s even more important to understand what truths you live on. As a child of God, forgiveness surprisingly comes easy! How!? Because you learn to listen to a voice that only speaks truth and speaks highly of you.

[Jeremiah 29:11] –“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
[Isaiah 43:1] – But now thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine!
[Psalm 139:13] – For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

Stop feeding into the devil’s lies and schemes to break down your defenses by taking offense for all the bad/wrong things that have happened to you. You are a child of the true King. False words should never affect you. You are a heavenly Masterpiece! Feed on that truth!

7. IT IS TIME TO BE THINKING ABOUT HEAVEN

Understand that the time is coming when all we see shall fade away. Where will you find yourself in the end? There is nothing more painful than being separated from God. Now imagine being separated from Him for eternity! Our earthly legacies don’t matter more than our heavenly legacies. What seeds are you sowing? Your actions reverberate all the way into eternity. REMEMBER GOD!
What scares the devil? – A life FULLY DEDICATED to God. So fam, LIVE IT! BOLDLY! #UNASHAMED Blessings to you and yours.

𝗪𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗡 𝗕𝗬:MICHELLE MUDZENGI

𝗜𝗡𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗠: @MIMIEMUDZENGI

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *