RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Wednesday 26 March 2013
RELATING WITH ENEMIES
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise:” Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1Peter 5:9
Read: 1Peter 5:8-9
Bible in one year: Job 38-42
Action point: Pray that God will grant you grace to increase your resolve and not to yield to satan as satan increases his resolve to bring you down.
The Lord Jesus Christ gave three orders to His army on earth. First, we are to love, which ¡s the greatest of all. Second, we are to recruit civilians into His army. The third order has to do with our relationship with the enemy. James 4:7 says,
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
If you are a soldier of Jesus, you are expected to resist the devil. To resist entails applying force in preventing something from happening. If you do not understand your relationship with your enemies, you will waste God’s valuable resources and turn yourself into a laughing stock. For instance, many people bind the devil while they are expected to resist him. He will only laugh at them and continue to do what he was doing. Such a Christian may think that the devil has either become more powerful or God’s Word has become less potent, not knowing that the problem ¡s with him or her. Stop straying from the code of conduct guiding God’s army! According to Revelation 20:1-3, the only time Satan will be bound is sometime in the future. One big angel with great authority will bind the devil and throw him into his prison the bottomless pit; he will be there for 1 000 years. On the other hand, you can bind demons or evil spirits and cast them out. How do you resist the devil? It is by being steadfast in the faith. Satan is a very persistent opponent, ¡n resisting him you must be unmoveable. You must doggedly refuse to shift grounds. Satan knows how to muster several demons to put pressure on someone to give in. He cannot sustain this for too long but within that period, the fellow will be virtually under immense pressure. At such a time, leave the vicinity of that temptation, shut the eyes of your mind to that temptation, pray ¡n the spirit and consciously affirm that you are not yielding to Satan’s pressure. Confess in the name of Jesus Christ, I resist you Satan. Every demon assigned against me on this matter, I hind and cast you out of this Situation. In the name of Jesus, I refuse to yield my members to sin but to righteousness (Romans 6:1 1 .1 4). Sin shall not dominate my body because I am now under grace, etc. As you continue to resist even in tiredness, the devil will flee from you. So always use the Word of God to ward him off.