Winning the Spiritual Battle

It’s no mystery that we all experience tough times in our lives. However, it sometimes seems like the more we want follow the LORD, the more we come under attack.

Attacks come in various forms, be it temptations, opportunities to sin that suddenly present themselves, or straight up laziness. The slippery serpent seems to slither his plans of seduction to hinder or render us useless in our efforts to follow God! We all can relate to Paul’s cry, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24)

So when the spiritual attacks come, the Book of James 4:7-8a gives us a quick and clear method to victory, for the child of God:  “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

So when the battle rages:

  1. Therefore submit to God – “SUBMIT” by turning your attention to GOD. You can do this through:
    • Rebuking the enemy by saying “The LORD rebuke you” (Jude 9; Zech 3:2) and
    • Worshiping God through prayer or singing or even quoting scripture. Your goal is turning your gaze back to Jesus and away from the attack.
  2. Resist the devil – “RESIST” everything and anything pulling you away from obedience to GOD
    • You’re doing this simultaneously as you submit to GOD. You’re turning your attention from the attack and getting it on the LORD. This will not be easy & you will have to resist boldly.
  3. And he will flee from you – “TRUST” in the Word of God. If you do your part you can rest in the faithfulness of GOD. Be aware the enemy does not leave easily. The Bible teaches us, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” ( Jam 1:14). The enemy knows how to hit us. Be it lust, pride, fear, unforgiveness, bitterness or whatever, he will use a lure carefully selected just for us.
  4. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Here is the beautiful recap and close! God never left us. He was always there. Some cleverly crafted lure pulled our attention away. When we turn around we find God right there all the while. When we do our part, we can rest in the fact that God will do His!

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