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Friday, June 20, 2008

Fight All Your Battles On Your Knees And Win

Prayer is the resistance against the devil.

Resistance in prayer is the biblical approach to confronting and overcoming the devil. Peter wrote, Resist him, be steadfast in the faith"(1Peter 5:9) James echoed this teaching: "Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you"(James 4:7,8). We are to actively resist evil through our persevering prayers.

Resistance is first and foremost a firm decision to join the struggle against evil in prayer, rather than turning away , backing off, or retreating. Such resistance takes strength and courage. It also takes patience and perseverance. That's why men always ought to pray and not faint"( Luke 18: 1) We must submit to God and put our faith in Him. Submission to God is saying "Lord I can't defeat the devil on my own, but with You, I can. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13) Submission occurs when we seek to develop a closer relationship with God. As we spend time with God, we get to know Him better and discover how He wants us to overcome evil and experience blessing. We draw near to God through prayer and spending time in His Word. We draw near to God when we set aside time solely to listen to God and to wait upon Him for direction and guidance. We draw near to God when we periodically shut ourselves away, closing off all other influences that might distract us from Him. The better we know Him, the more we see His awesome power, experience His vast love , learn from His wisdom, and grow in our faith. We realize through prayer and the strength of God we can and will defeat the devil. Yes, God does want us to be able to overcome our adversary and live in victory in Christ Jesus. We grow in faith by exercising it, by trusting God in situation after situation, circumstance after circumstance, relationship after relationship. We develop in which we obey God and He remains faithful in His loving care of us.


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