RESIST THE DEVIL AND BE AN OVERCOMER

Satan’s tactics catch us unaware at times. God’s Word is far greater than the devil’s wiles, but we must apply it daily.

Eternal Perspectives        by Sally Bair

Predators and Prey

During a trip through western Canada, a wildcat ran across the road in front of our motorhome. Its black ear tufts and large, padded paws told us it was a Canada lynx. Most of its prey consists of rodents, but it also hunts larger animals such as deer. Other mammals also go after larger prey. We humans sometimes find ourselves as victims of predators, as well.

Spiritually we face a predator every day—the devil. New Testament writers warn us to avoid him, but sometimes it seems we can’t get away from his tactics and threats. He is called by many names: ruler of darkness, the wicked one, the accuser, deceiver, tormenter, one who ensnares and even an angel of light.

Satan doesn’t care how “famous” or godly his prey is. He tempted Jesus for forty days, attacked Job, and entered Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples. All of us are in his crosshairs.

The good news is Jesus defeated the devil through His death and resurrection. That means we have the chance to escape Satan’s temptations and attacks through God’s Word.

James 4:7 tells us to submit to God and resist the devil so he will flee from us. We’re also told to “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 …” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

If we do find ourselves in the devil’s power, whether because of physical ailments, outside forces or sinful behavior, God offers a solution. “… know the truth and come to [your] senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:25-26) God’s armor helps, too. “Put on the whole armor of God [His truth, righteousness, salvation, peace, faith, His Word and prayer] that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)

Such actions on our part will result in victory over our enemy. “He [Jesus] who is in you is greater than he [Satan] who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) The next time we’re faced with any problem, including temptations or habits such as pride, criticism, anger, lying, or worse, we can remember that when we allow Jesus to dwell in us by virtue of His sacrificial death on the cross and obey His Word, He will deliver us from whatever enemy we face.

Thank You, Lord, for Your power to overcome our sins and temptations. Give us the strength and power to resist the devil and depend on You for all things. In Jesus’ name, amen.