Daily Devotional – 11/1/13 “Resist the devil!”

You do know that you can resist the devil, right? The bible says in Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil,” because the fight against the devil isn’t physical but it’s spiritual. See, the devil uses the anger you have built up on the inside of you to gain access to your home. He uses that bitterness you have against men to get you to attack and run off everyone who comes within your vicinity. He even uses the little taste of jealousy you have for your brother to start a fight at every dinner you attend. Why? Well, because you’ve given the devil a foothold to stand in. How else did he get in? You sit around and play his game every time you get drunk and drive and then you have the nerve to get mad at God when you wind up in jail. God didn’t do and if the truth shall be told, the devil didn’t either; you did. The devil only used what you gave him and multiplied it. So, when will you take responsibility? When will you grow up? When will you get over it? How else can you fight against a spiritual attacker if you aren’t strong enough for the battle? This is why Ephesians 6:13 says again, “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” Resist the devil and he has no choice but to flee because it’s at that point he has no place to reside. Haven’t you realized that with all that mess you have on the inside of you the devil has made himself at home, in your home? Yea, he has a favorite spot on the couch right beside you and he is even sleeping between you and your spouse. When will you give him his eviction papers?

Yea, it’s easy to walk away but whoever you constantly walk away from may not be there when you get back. Yea, it’s easy to give up but what happens when there is nothing else to try? Yea, it’s easy to throw in the towel but then what will you have accomplished? The devil can surely make it look easy when you walk away but then what? Why not fight as hard for the things or people you need like you fight for the things you think you want because I’ve learned in my 36 years of living that anything worth having is worth fighting for because it means it’s mine. Stop giving up on folks because they’ve made a mistake, forgive. Stop giving up on yourself because a door has been shut in your face, shout because it wasn’t yours and then move to the next one. Stop giving in when folk talk about you but rejoice in the fact they know your name. Stop dwelling on the mistakes you made and learn from them which makes you wiser. Resist the devil and all of the folks he has doing his dirty work because they’ll soon leave you alone. Submit yourself to God, believe that He will do exactly what He said and resist the devil and he will, he has too, he shall, flee!

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