Standing against the Enemy means doing three things:
- Recognizing the prowler. Satan is prowling around like a “roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” according to 1 Peter 5:8.
- Understanding our need. We must ask for divine help. The Bible says, “He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, ‘God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.’ So humble yourselves before God” (James 4:6-7, NLT).
- Resisting the assault. This means doing what we need to do to allow God’s powerful entrance into a given temptation situation. We take out the trash. We walk away. We pick up the phone. We call out Scripture and prayer. This kind of proactive spiritual warfare is practical, and it pays off. “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, NLT).
Bottom line: If Satan is fleeing from you, he sure isn’t gaining a foothold.