We are not commanded to run, but instead, to resist, to fight rather than flee. Victory comes when you and I remain committed to God, because He is greater than our enemy.
I John 4:4
4 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.
Sometimes when we are fishing (those who fish) lure the fish with the different types of bait, (Red Wigglers, Night Crawlers, Rubber Lures, etc.). Sometimes the fish take the bait and sometimes they don’t because they sometimes spot the hook. Then they will disappear never to be seen again.
Folks, Satan dangles temptation, like a fish hook, right in front of us. It looks tasty. It promises gratification. The thing to remember is that Satan’s power ends there. He cannot force us to take the hook. His power stops at the edge of our will, at our decision point.
When You and I are warned by the Holy Spirit and decide to say no, Satan can do no more. He runs away. Humility cures Worldliness
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
You and I must follow in order the two commands in this verse.
1. Submit to God by abandoning our selfish pride. (Please read James 4: 1-6). Submitting to the Lord also involves putting on the whole armor of God, an image that includes everything from placing our faith in Him to immersing ourselves in the truth of God’s Word (Please read Ephesians 6:11-18).
2. You and I must resist any temptation that the devil throws our way. Then the Evil One will have no choice but to flee, for you and I will belong to the Army of the living God.
As believers, we can receive great comfort from the words of Apostle Peter, who himself experienced great temptation. Please read Matthew 26:33-35. In later life, Peter wrote:
I Peter 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Just as the fish ignored our hooks, you and I can in God’s strength successfully resist Satan’s most enticing tactics.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the promise of Your help when we are tempted and for the truth that Satan’s power is limited. Please give us the wisdom to recognize temptation and the humility to rely on Your Spirit for the strength to resist. We thank you for this, in Jesus’ name.
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, there is no better time than right now. Continuing to yield to Satan’s temptations will cost you dearly in the long run. Jesus died on the cross, and rose from the grave to liberate each of us from the power of sin. Don’t fall for Satan’s bait, come to Jesus and live.