- James 4:7 NIV
Seems easy right?! Lol, the further we go in this walk the harder it gets! Oh but with God =)
This post is to encourage someone who is saying:
"I'm tired of resisting because he hasn't fled" or
"I'm tired of the repetition, I resist he walks to the corner taunting me then comes right back"
Truth is, the devil is repetitive! And his repetitive self will manifest himself in whatever way he needs to, to throw you off your game, get you distracted, and derail you from your journey of purpose. It could be through that coworker who is two deep breaths and an eye roll away from receiving the smoothest cuss out ever (Hold your tongue). Or that ex [or new guy with similar characteristics] that comes into the picture to game you up and throw you off right when you were getting it together (Run!)
There are times when a simple "get behind me satan" will work. But there are some days that you might have to resist him more often than you feel you have the energy for. [Remember nothing is without purpose. There's something to be learned in every one of these attempts]
Last week I had a few things bombarding my mind causing stress to the highest power. It felt horrible so I knew I had to deal with the negative thoughts the enemy had planted...so I used the only word I could think of to help me at the time..."Jesus"! Do you know I probably said Jesus 1,000,000 times that night before my mind was at ease and I was able to fall asleep?
One who doubts might say, "Where was your God? A million times? Does it take all that?"
And I'd say, "Yes sometimes it does but he was right there with me telling me don't give up."
You see normally I would have let those thoughts kick into overdrive and next thing you know I'd be crying myself to sleep only to wake up with a headache and then cry my morning away. Jesus re-taught me something that day…resisting the devil (even with something like a thought pattern) will often consist of a serious PRESS. The devil is not a punk and we can't be either! Through the press we gain endurance, an increased hope in what God can do, victory, and validation that you must be pretty awesome for the enemy to come after you the way that he does.
When you're in a situation where you can see the enemy working freely (at home, your job, your child's school, your spouse/boo thang’s ways, church, and even in your own mind) it can become very annoying, taxing, and heavy. Most times we give in and reject God and entertain the devil! We got it backwards!!!! Resist the devil until he flees! Don't give up or in to his tactics. Continue to press towards the mark. If he comes back press to resist yet again and watch God lift you! ( James 4:10 NIV)
The point, yea it gets rough but that's no excuse to give in! Press and resist that fool! You have work to do!!!
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 3:14 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
- James 1:2-4 NIV