You cannot fight the devil or stand against his attack on your own. There is a basic process to facing spiritual attack. Spiritual attack could be in the form of worry, depression, fear, sickness, etc. Peter illustrates it quite succinctly in 1 Peter 5:7-10.
How to face the devil’s attack?
First, we need to cast our burdens onto Jesus because He alone cares. Before we were saved, we knew no one cared about us nor could take our burdens away. In Christ, we know and believe Jesus alone cares and has the power to take our burdens away.
Casting all on Jesus, requires humility on our part. A clear belief that God will take care of all our needs when we begin to pursue Him.
Secondly, after putting our burdens on Jesus, we need to be sober and vigilant. Being sober and vigilant requires us to equip ourselves with the word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). Constantly examining ourselves and renewing our minds and hearts through the word (Hebrews 4:12).
Thirdly, as we grow in faith by staying sober and vigilant, we need to resist the devil. We cannot resist the devil without completing step one and two. Step two is about submission to God so you receive the strength to resist the devil.
Fourthly, suffer for whatever time trusting in God. When we do, Jesus will purify us and prepare us in time for His glory.
Suffering sounds hard because we think – How can “I” go through this? What the word teaches us is, Jesus will be with us. I can do all things (holy and perfect will of God) through Christ who strengthens me.
Think on these things. Delight in God’s word. It sanctifies and cleans us of all worldliness and worries. Let’s get ready for the coming of Jesus our groom. Maranatha, Praise God and Amen!
Used with permission from Nehemiah Zion.