Christians always wonder, how can I resist the devil? We must rely on God to protect us and help us for us to successfully resist the devil and his traps.
James 4:7 - Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
This is the central idea behind defeating the devil. Resist him and he will flee from you. When I am having a bad time with something and I’m feeling tempted, I will start saying verses in the Bible aloud. You don’t have to scream it, a simple whisper under your breath will do. You see, God’s Word is the sword in which you go out into battle.
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Ephesians 6:17 - Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
How did Jesus resist the devil?
Jesus was tempted by satan in His ministry here on earth. He led by example to show Christians how to resist the devil. You may be asking yourself, what exactly did Jesus do?
- He resisted the devil by using God’s Word. (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13 - being tempted in the wilderness) One thing I would also like to point out in Luke 4:13, is that it says “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left Him until an opportune time.” That should speak volumes as to how the devil works, he will tempt you and you may resist him and he will flee, but he will always come back.
- Jesus rebuked the devil who was using Peter to try and convince Jesus not to go back to Jerusalem, which would lead to His crucifixion. (Matthew 16:21-23)
At Calvary Jesus defeated the devil and through Jesus a Christian can find victory as well. (Colossians 2:15, Revelation 12:11)
Hebrews 2:18 - “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Even the name of Jesus Christ is powerful against Satan. We can use Jesus’ name to resist the devil and his schemes. At this point in the article, I feel that it is important to say one thing. While the name of Christ is powerful against Satan, a Christian should not command Satan “In the name of Jesus I command/rebuke you to…” instead, we should rely on Christ to use His authority over Satan. Even the archangel Michael did not want to rebuke the devil but instead said “May the Lord rebuke you!”
Jude 1:9 – “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Christians can also resist the devil by:
Matthew 26:41 - “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Luke 22:40 – “On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”
- Relying on God’s protection
1 Corinthians 10:13 - “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
2 Peter 2:9 - “if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.”
Revelation 3:10 - “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.”
- Being aware and alert
1 Peter 5:8 – “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”