6 Practical Ways to Overcome the Enemy
Have you ever heard of a Christian being filled with the Spirit, yet still influenced by Satan?
It sounds bad. To some, it may even seem unlikely or impossible. But daily, there are Christians who are unknowingly led by a power that is not God.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…but against…the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.”(Ephesians 6:12)
You know what that means? That area that you’ve been struggling with… Sickness. Disease. Oppression. Depression. Unforgiveness. Distraction. It may very well be rooted in a demonic power that is attempting to dismantle your purpose and dampen your Godly fire.
This is nothing to be afraid of, though, because God’s children are a mighty force to be reckoned with, and Satan has no authority over us! We have authority over our lives, our minds, our bodies, our relationships, our finances and our health… not the devil!
So how do we fight against Satan’s plan? How do we make sure we don’t get trapped or influenced by the devil? Here are 6 principles you can start following today:
1. Walk in the Spirit in all circumstances
You must constantly have your spiritual guard up. Walking with God is not always easy. Sometimes it’s a battle and requires a fight. Daily, you must have your full armor of God on to guard you from falling, failing, and losing heart (Ephesians 6:10-18).
2. Don’t underestimate your weakness
Don’t be deceived – you can be filled with the Holy Spirit, love God and still be influenced by Satan in some areas. Don’t think too highly of your own strength and ability. Instead, remind yourself of the power and authority you have in Christ.
It is him who keeps you from falling (Jude 1:24). It is him who makes your feet secure so that you don’t stumble (Psalm 18:33). You, by yourself, are susceptible to fall into the plan of Satan. But with God, you have authority over the enemy’s plan.
3. Don’t underestimate your God
Satan may come to steal, kill and destroy, but God has given you life. God’s strength is greater than any power of darkness or plan of Satan. When Satan tempts you (because we are not naïve enough to think that he won’t), we must remind ourselves that our God is greater and that we have authority in Christ.
4. Do something different
Surprise the devil so he can’t predict you.
Satan watches you and studies you. He remembers the decisions you make. He studies your habits and tendencies. And he takes note of your triggers and downfalls. He intentionally uses those against you. Once he sees a consistent pattern of weakness in your life, that’s when he creates situations to get you to fall – because he knows what will tempt or turn you based on the consistent habits that you show.
Part of submitting to God and resisting the devil is breaking ungodly habits that keep you bound. Maybe forgiveness is something you don’t typically do, for example. Well, today is a great day to start if you don’t want to get entangled in the trap of Satan (after all, he wants us not to forgive because he knows that unforgiveness destroys our soul!)
5. Submit fully to God
Nothing scares Satan more than a fearless, submitted Christian!
Many Christians constantly quote the second half of James 4:7 which says “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The problem with this is they overlook the first half of the scripture.
“Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
The devil does not flee from those who are not submitted. It’s not our resistance to Satan that gets him to flee, it’s the authority we have when we’re submitted that does.
6. Don’t back down
This is where the second half of James 4:7 comes in to play. God desires that we use His authority to actively resist the devil. We can’t be submitted to God, yet fearful of Satan. We have to be fully submitted to God AND walk in boldness to not back down when the battle comes.
I hope these tips will help you rise up and fight for your identity, future and life in Christ. Remember, with God all things are possible!