We’ve adopted a stray cat, Emily. She is shaped like a raccoon, walks with a hitch in her left hip, has half of a white mustache on her orange and black shag-rug-from-the-seventies fur. Little did I know this precious, misfit kitty was going to give me a lesson on how to resist Satan.
A Lesson in How to Resist Satan
Birdfeeders outside our window see a flurry of activity, especially in the mornings. An array of birds take turns swooping in for a breakfast treat, singing their merry songs, chattering away the lingering darkness. My heart smiles as I sit quietly to watch.
This morning Emily discovered the birds. She jumped onto the end table, crouched down, and stared at my feathered friends, her body frozen in place like a statue.
When a bird landed, Emily’s tail twitched, moving back and forth ever so slowly.
When the birds chattered, her ears stood tall, her mouth opened and she mimicked their chattering sound.
This girl was on the prowl.
And the birds had no idea.
Emily was hidden behind the window pane.
Satan is hidden behind a veil too, a spiritual veil. But that doesn’t change the fact that he is there, crouching, waiting for an opportune time to pounce. “Be sober (self-controlled) be vigilant (watchful); because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
How often has the enemy of our soul been watching us? Often. Daily. Strategically waiting for an opportunity to pounce. We must learn to be aware, be watchful. For we do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but with principalities and rulers of darkness.
Never, ever forget: Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. The Lord our God is a shield about us. He is the glory and the lifter up of our heads.
Look up! Your God is with you always.
Are you confident in how to resist Satan? When you sense the enemy’s snare, and you recognize his strategy to discourage and defeat you, resist him in the Name of Jesus and he must flee. Know who you are in Jesus Christ — you are heirs to the Kingdom, you have authority to defeat the evil one.
But we must use our authority, and we must be vigilant and watchful, aware that Satan prowls the earth seeking whom he may devour.
Don’t become his lunch.
Just like Emily was hidden from the birds’ sight because she was behind the window pane, don’t ever assume Satan is not studying you just because you cannot see him with the naked eye.
Don’t Become Complacent in Spiritual Warfare
He is watching. But don’t play his game. Don’t be complacent when you sense his devious ways. Pull that veil from your eyes and address him with authority. Speak God’s truth to his lies, and lift high your shield of faith. He can only take as much ground as we let him.
Emily finally gave up on her morning prowl. The window pane was not going to allow her to feast on my feathered friends. And neither will the Spirit of God allow Satan to destroy us. We are secure in Him for all of eternity.
But we must be aware and resist.
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Sweet blessings to you,