Satan is real!
He is our enemy, and he is seeking to destroy us. He is seeking to destroy our marriages, our families, and God’s church. If we want to stand against him we need to recognize his tactics and set our minds on battling Satan, God’s way.
1 Peter 5:8-9 says: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”
In this text, we get a better sense of the devil’s character. We are also warned about his sly intentions and conniving tricks. But with this, God has also given us some pretty clear instructions, on how we can challenge him. When we are able to follow this divine counsel, we can then resist Satan and stand firm in our faith.
I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more mindful I am of the devil and his destructive trappings. One way in which the devil seeks to trap us is by feeding us the illusion that we are alone. I often hear women talk about feeling alone when they are going through a trial, or struggling with some major life event. But these thoughts are deceptive and is exactly how the devil wants us to think. It becomes harder to battle Satan when we feel alone. It’s also hard to be “sober-minded and watchful” when we are so focused on our loneliness. Of course, most of us should know that we aren’t truly alone. God is always with us.
#1 – Fight Through Prayer
Now more than ever, God calls us to battle. God calls us to resist the devil. He doesn’t want us to think and act according to our feelings. He wants us to think and act according to the truth of His word. It’s the only way we can truly stand against Satan and his schemes. Prayer is a powerful means of resisting the devil. It isn’t the only way to battle, but it is an important way. We are told in James 5:16, that “The effective prayer of a righteous person has great power.” (James 5:16). Not because we are powerful, but because God is. Prayer is how we reach our heavenly Father. It is also how we express our deepest needs and concerns.
#2 – And Fellowship…
God also reminds us in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 that, “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
God desires that we walk the Christian life together. In fellowship with Him and with one another. He desires that we stand firm in our faith and resist the devil together.
Once again, be reminded that we aren’t alone! We just need to be transparent with one another. We need to come alongside our brothers and sisters and pray for them and with them.
…Then We Win!
Another thing you should know is that Satan doesn’t want us to encourage one another. He doesn’t want us to share the healing words of God with someone else. The devil would love it if we lived out our days in isolation and fall prey to his wicked schemes. But God wants us to build relationships with one another. He wants us to share our burdens, encourage each other, and approach His throne in prayer together.
Be aware. Be watchful. Resist Satan and he will flee from you (James 4:7) Link arms with your brethren and hold the frontline in the battle. Rest in the truth that one day our Heavenly Father will defeat Satan once and for all. Until then, let’s fight the good fight of faith.
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