Resist the Devil

Here is something that came to my mind in the middle of the night at a desperate time:

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

This came to me when my baby was sick and wouldn’t eat or drink anything.  Poor thing.  Do you realize that the devil can bring sickness into our lives and our children?  He comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).  He does this to attack Christians, especially.  Christians are a target.

Anyway, I got to thinking how I have not been using the “whole armor of God” and particularly, the “sword of the Spirit”.  What on earth does this mean?  Christians are in a battle – an unseen one in the spirit world.  We have an enemy, and we have God who is on our side.  But, God asks us to do something – to put on our armor.  What exactly does this mean?  The sword of the Spirit is not an actual sword, but it is the Word of God.  An amazing thing happened.  In the middle of the night, when my baby would not eat and was in pain, I spoke this James 4:7 and other Bible verses out loud.  Guess what happened?  Problem solved, he ate, was relieved and went back to sleep.  The power of God’s words!

God taught me that I am not using the armor of God like I should.  When the devil comes our way, we should not accept him, but proactively and firmly  resist him.  Those two actions are opposite.  When Jesus resisted the devil in scripture, he used the sword of the Spirit (see Matthew 4).  It is our only offensive weapon.  The rests are defensive weapons.

Do you use the whole armor of God?  Or, like me, do you forget this important truth?  Do you resist the devil or just suffer through what he has for you?  If you don’t quite understand this armor, please take the time to pray and research what it is and how exactly to apply this to your life.

Ephesians 6 - Whole Armor of God

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