Resist the Devil
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you – James 4:7.
To resist the devil is to not submit to his ungodly influences. Jesus told His disciples that they were in the world, but not of this world. The same information that was given to His disciples is also given to His present-day disciples.
Satan temps Christians just as he temps the non-believer. The difference between the Christian and the non-Christian is that they have the Father and the Holy Spirit to help them to resist Satan.
If God had not given the Christian the ability to resist Satan, He never would have instructed them to resist Satan. The Christian doesn’t rely on his or her strength, but they rely on the Greater One that lives within them (Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world – 1st John 4:4). It’s only through the power of God that the Christian can defeat Satan.
Satan influences through thoughts and sight if the individual doesn’t have a consistency of prayer life as well as fasting. When Satan influenced Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit, she saw nothing wrong with it although God had instructed them which tree they shouldn’t eat from. Because God had given Eve a free-will, she chose to eat from the forbidden fruit. God has also given all mankind a free will, He will never go against the will of an individual no matter how bad their actions might be.
In order for one to submit to the Word of God, his or her mind has to be renewed with the Word of God and the heart willing to submit. Without the mind and heart renewed the individual will not understand what their doing is against God and His instructions for the professing Christian (And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2). Without reading and studying the Word of God people will live according to their self-righteousness rather than what God’s Word instruct is righteous living.
God will empower those who desire to live godly righteousness by empowering them through the Holy Spirit. Satan comes to influence in many forms, and the only way to resist him is through the power and the Word of God. Have a consistent prayer life, read and study the Word of God. Assign yourself days you will consecrate yourself before the Lord and know the Word of God, these are your weapons to resist Satan.