To resist satan we must humble ourselves, and submit to God. Crosswalk.com noted:
“Submitting to God means elevating his Word above our own desires, yielding ourselves to God’s revealed will in the Scriptures, and desperately calling to him in prayer to ask for “grace to help in time of need”
They also said that the devil can’t overpower a person who is “submitting to and actively pursuing Jesus.”
They also make a great point regarding the armor of God passage:
“It is his strength (Ephesians 6:10) and his armor (Ephesians 6:11) that guards us against the devil’s fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16).”
We pray for his strength, we put on His armor, and we fight back with His Word.
“Using the Scriptures to expose Satan’s lies and temptations is the most effective way to strive against and defeat them. They continue: It is important to read the whole verse: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Resisting the devil must be accompanied by submitting to God. A disobedient or unsubmissive believer will not see victory.”
Repent of our sinful desires. Consider praying:
“Father, help me to run from sinful pleasures. Teach me how to make You my pleasure.”
Second, put on the breastplate of righteousness. Consider praying:
“Father, show me how important it is to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6). Help me to increase my fight against sin.”
Third, elevate His Word. Know it and quote it to satan.
Fourth, it is wise to yield ourselves to God’s will.
Lastly, seek ye the Lord. I will repeat a sentence from above. The devil can’t overpower a person who is “submitting to and actively pursuing Jesus.”
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This topic was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by timcia.
I sin and sometimes am too casual with how I repent. When I do that things like anger and other emotions get out of control. Yesterday I sinned and decided that I needed to pray a lot more aggressively in that type of situation to turn from sin. I spent zero time mourning my sin, I went straight to planning how I would not do it again.
Planning how I would not do it again was the right move, it was just at the wrong time. First I needed to say how sorry I was for it. Second it would have been wise to acknowledge that once again I was underestimating the seriousness of my actions.
Then, it may have been a good time to plan how to avoid it again.
Yesterday I had a troublesome day. I thought it was because of the people around me. But it was more how I was way too casual in making things right with God.
Second, blatant sin leads to overwhelming temptation. Fighting to do things God’s way helps us regain some control so we can fight back.
When we take time to mourn our sin, we allow God time to help us understand “why” the action was such a problem in the first place. Then we make progress.