MOST OF THE TIME, WHEN WE THINK OF “SPIRITUAL WARFARE” WE THINK OF OPPOSITION FROM THE DEVIL AND DEMONS – BUT THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. The Bible tells us how to successfully resist the devil %100 of the time. The truth is, the devil is not always the one who should concern us. There are times when God Himself can be resisting us. This is the ultimate form of spiritual warfare – an exercise in futility – because no one has ever resisted God and come out a winner.

James 4:7 is the classic verse with which most believers are familiar:

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 5:9 says this:

Resist him (the devil), firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Even the youngest of believers can successfully resist the most ancient of dark entities by standing strong in Christ. But what is often lost in the discussion about spiritual warfare is the reality of James 4:6-7:

Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God.

And 1 Peter 5:5-6 reinforces this, saying:

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.

Yes, even the youngest of believers can successfully resist the devil and his henchmen – but nobody has ever resisted God and come out a winner. Nobody. Interestingly, the books of James and 1 Peter are written to believers. It’s possible for a believer to experience the ultimate spiritual warfare experience: resistance from Almighty God. If God is resisting you, no resistance in return will rectify the situation.

The way we invite divine resistance is through pride, the original – and root – of all sin. A simple, powerful way to understand pride is resistance to God. When we resist God, He resists us. Our resistance in such circumstances is entirely futile. Humility is the opposite of pride . . .

WHY NOT HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD BY NO LONGER RESISTING HIM? COULD IT BE THAT GOD IS RESISTING YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR OWN PRIDE? HAVE YOU BLAMED THE DEVIL FOR OPPOSTION THAT MAY ACTUALLY BE COMING FROM GOD? ARE YOU IN ANY WAY RESISTING GOD?

 

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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