Resist the enemy

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Each time you hear or study the word of God, the flesh will want to raise a resistance to what the word of God says because the word of God is spirit and life ( John 6:63). The flesh is always against the spirit (Galatians 5:17) and will not want you to do what the spirit says. The flesh and those living in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8), the flesh cannot submit to the things of God

When Jesus told the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, he said there are those who hear the word but because they do not understand the enemy comes to steal away the word. The enemy comes to steal the word because he knows it is the word that makes a difference in the life of the believer, it is the word that makes free (John 8:32), it is the word that situations and circumstances bow to so he will try and steal it away. Hence a believer need to put up resistance against the enemy. This is the resistance James 4:7 is talking about. When you stand against the enemy and stand your ground on the word, he will flee from you and leave you alone.

The battle to steal the word you have heard takes place in your mind, it is not a physical battle that you fight with physical weapons. Rather it is a battle of thought. He comes to tell you the word doesn't work, he comes to remind you how long you have waited if you are waiting, he comes to tell you miracles are gone with the Apostles or that your case is so peculiar the word of God cannot tackle it. He reminds you of your failures and ask you to accept your present status but you can put up a resistance and say to the enemy 'I know who I am and I know who I have believed'

When you resist him like Jesus did when he was tempted in the wilderness you will prevail like Jesus prevailed. How did Jesus resist? He spoke the word to counter the enemy. Jesus knew who he was and who sent him, so he was able to say 'It is written'

Resist the enemy with the word of God and he will flee from you and when he is fleeing he will go with all his baggages of doubt, fear, anxiety and sorrow.

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