The Bible tells us that Satan is our adversary, accuser, and enemy. According to Zec. 3:1, Satan stood before God’s throne to accuse God’s people and Joshua the high priest under the old covenant was being resisted by him. Why is Satan standing at the right hand? Prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus, the devil had authority to resist and accuse God’s people, before the throne of God on a daily basis.
Today, the devil still accuses, however he has no authority because Jesus took away his authority over God’s people because of his victory at the cross. Jesus now has ALL authority in heaven and in earth and he delegate’s authority in certain areas to whom he pleases.
Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
The Bible makes it clear that God has given the devil authority to make war with the saints and over the unsaved as well. Satan has no authority other than what has been delegated to him by God.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Rev.17:7-10
However, God gives his people spiritual weapons to battle the devil with. God’s people are given authority over the works of the devil BUT they must use that authority. I have talked about different weapons in my prior blogs but today I want to talk about resisting the devil.
To resist means to oppose and withstand. In order to resist we must first be in submission to God. This means that we must yield to God’s wisdom, advice, and control. We can find all these things in his word. If we are in disobedience to the word of God then we have given the devil authority to attack us. For example, if we watch bad moves, read bad books, go to the devil’s dens, partake in the devil’s activities, then we open the door for demons to attack us.
Resisting the devil is to take a stand against him, by refusing to participate in the devil’s activities. Instead of doing the devil’s activities; do things useful. Go to church, prayer meetings, read good wholesome material, do outdoor activities, family events, ect.
The world is getting a lot eviler and we must be sober in all things. That is we must be awake, alert, to the evil about us. Be wise concerning evil but ignorant concerning participating in evil.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1 Peter 5: 9
Today recommit yourself to be sober and watchful. Ask forgiveness for participating in any evil activities and tell the devil to take a hike. If we do not learn to resist then we will be destroyed because the devil is in a war with God’s people. Jesus died to give us authority and resisting the devil’s evil is one of our weapons! Ask for strength to say no to playing around with the devil’s tempting diversions and God will give you his power! Be diligent and never let your guard down! Be in constant prayer with the Father in Jesus name and he will give you the victory!