First 30 – Day 14

Day 14 – Resisting the Devil

How do I deal with the devil?

In a book called Dealing with the Devil, it talks about Satan, God’s arch enemy, can stir up trouble among people who might otherwise get along. The author used an analogy to describe the authority we have in Christ to make a difference: Suppose a person in street clothes is standing in a busy traffic intersection. He waves his arms wildly to stop oncoming traffic, but cars keep whizzing by. Then he makes one change. He puts on a policeman’s uniform. Instantly drivers comply!

If we are “clothed with Christ” we can influence spiritual traffic. So “put your uniform on” and pray in Jesus’ name, taking authority over the troublesome unseen forces.

The devil is a real adversary. Once a high-ranking angel, he rebelled and was evicted from heaven (see Isaiah 14:12). Though defeated by Jesus in His death on the Cross and resurrection from the grave, Satan continues, by lies and intimidation, to harass and deceive God’s people. Jesus called him a thief who steals, kills and destroys.

What are we to do? The Bible says, “Resist him and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). In other words, put on the policeman’s uniform!

Key Scripture

“I (the Lord) will contend with him who contends with you” (Isaiah 49:25)

 

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