Overcoming the Enemy

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

We are in a spiritual war we want to accept it or not. If we are with God, we have as an enemy the devil who will try to harm us by all means possible. Are we going to run out of him? Of course not! We must know the strategies needed to overcome him. The Word of God instructs us about it. We learn to submit to God and resist our enemy to flee from us.

The first step to overcome the enemy according to James 4: 7 is to submit to God. The different Hebrew or Greek words, the original languages ​​of the Bible, translated as subjecting mean: Enter, come, and go. Approaching; especially satisfy a debt; Genuflect, humiliate; Conquer, subjugate; Implement, say; Fix; Humble; be with him; be tested; Abide by the rules.

Everyone likes good results. Many Christians want to live a victorious life and overcome the enemy; but they want to do things their own way and not follow the rules of God. As we can see, we submit means to break our will to that of our Father. David Wilkerson wrote: You just cannot accept the will of God until you die to all self-will!

Our best model to submit to God is Jesus Christ. In Philippians 2:5-8 we read: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Voluntarily submit means giving control of our lives. And submission is something that’s hard for us to fulfill because, by nature, human beings do not like to submit to anyone. However, according to James 4:7, it is necessary that we submit to God before anything else to defeat the enemy.

How can we resist the devil? The answer is found in 1 Peter 5:8-9:  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. Our resistance to the enemy implies remain vigilant and steadfast in the faith.

Faith is what helps us to resist our enemy. Ephesians 6:16 reaffirms: above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. In summary, our submission to God and stand firm in the faith is the right strategy to get that the enemy escapes from our lives. If we are disobedient to what God tells us and falter in faith, we will be an easy target for the enemy, who is constantly sending to mind his lies. God bless you.

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