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As a Christian you have a sacred duty to resist

Thanks be unto the Lord Jesus Christ who has given us the undeniable duty to resist the Devil. As your Holy angels are always opposed to the minions of the Evil One, so let us be opposed to everything that tries to keep us away from following you. May the Holy Spirit encourage us to say no all deceptions of the world. Amen.

resist the devil

As a Christian you have a sacred duty to resist the Devil and all his evil schemes and lies. Don’t be deceived when you say you don’t have a choice. You do have the option to fight back against the falsehood of the Enemy.

Why is resisting the Devil a duty?

  • Because this is not an option but an order from the Lord God above.
  • Because even if you don’t take it as a duty the Devil will still try to tempt you.
  • God forbid that having no sense of duty you end up lowering your guard against sin.

Why is resisting the Devil sacred?

  • Because the God has mandated it in the Holy Scriptures.
  • Because God’s commands are just and holy.
  • It’s a sign that you want to hold on to Christ.

Where in the Holy Scriptures has this been mentioned?

  • Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:6-9)
  • Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

Some sinner says the Devil made him sin, is that a valid excuse for his sin?

  • That sinner made his own choice to sin.
  • The Devil only provided the temptation that suited the sinners intellect and personality.
  • So the sinner can’t put the blame on the Evil One without blaming himself equally.

So as a believer in Christ, what should I be doing the next time the Devils speaks lies to me by any person, movie, novel or whatever?

  • Resist the Devil and his evil tricks in all their forms.
  • Fight back for the glory of God.
  • Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel no matter who or what is the source of temptation.

How to tackle temptations which are still successful against oneself?

  • It’s good that you at least decided to admit you did sin. Strictly speaking it means that you didn’t resist enough.
  • There’s still hope for you if you are willing to crucify the flesh. The one who has cut off his sinful desires can’t be tempted easily.
  • And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)
  • A word of caution; don’t try to act like a hero with temptations that easily take you down. If you can keep a distance from them do so by all means. It’s foolish to deliberately place oneself in the way for temptation and give the great deceiver a chance against you.
  • and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27)


Using your conscience

A tactical attribute that every Christian must have is to listen to use one’s conscience. Your conscience keeps you focused on the will of God. It warns you about the dangers of sin. So you must pay attention to it.

Never become like the world which has a twisted conscience. Sometimes there are hardened criminals who have seared their conscience. These suppress all thoughts of goodness and repentance so that guilt doesn’t work on them. Such sinners won’t inherit the kingdom of God.

To you use your conscience is simple; you actually use it. Period.

You have your Sunday (or Saturday) church service to attend every week. On the next Monday you read in the news about an impending cyclone that’s due to rampage the coast on Wednesday. You don’t need to wait till your church preacher speaks about it on the following Sunday and then decide to help out. You can right away start interceding for the safety of those who are living in the coast. Why wait for the damage to happen to others when you prevent it? If possible you can also reach out to your church members to see if they can intercede along with you. If you feel you can do more than pray then go for it. See if you can provide moral and financial help. If you are able to volunteer in the relief efforts then please do so.

Isn’t temptation dangerous to the soul? If you know you find it hard to resist gluttony then take action to help yourself. Why eat a lot now and then feel guilty later? Nip the sin in the bud. Crucify the flesh and its desires.

Suppose a child is fearful of a stranger who lurks suspiciously around him at school for the last 3 weeks, would it help the child to keep quiet or actually ask the teacher or parents to tackle the stranger? You know full well that the kid must ask for help against the stranger. Then why when sinful thoughts of pride come to your mind do you allow them to lurk around? There’s no need to hide them from the counsel of the Lord God. You can be helped but will you ask for it? Ask Jesus to protect you against pride. Surrender all evil thoughts to God and ask for good and holy thoughts. If you may, reach out to a pastor to help you overcome pride. But don’t ever ignore the voice of your conscience when you feel that pride is not worth it. Why just tackle pride alone? There’s hate, envy, lust, deceit and other sinful things that your conscience will warn you, if only you pay attention to it. Keep yourself unstained by the ways of the sinful world.

When thinking about the will of God for your nation or family don’t adopt a ignorant attitude. Don’t say whatever is to happen will happen. Even Abraham decided to be specific about whom his son Isaac would marry. You can read all about this in Genesis Chapter 24 in the Holy Scriptures. If you know that your nation is getting more into racism then don’t turn a blind eye. Seek God in prayer and ask for justice. Ask for the end of racism. Don’t condone racism by your silence in front of God and also men, women and children. If your city is losing youngsters to drugs then let your conscience remind you that as a citizen you can report drug peddlers to the police. You can also get various NGO’s involved to get people off drugs.

The Lord God can speak into your conscience if only you let him. Read the Bible to understand his will for you. Pray in the Holy Spirit at all times. Hold on to the cross at all times. When voices of temptation speak of pleasures of deceit, listen to that still small yet firm voice of conscience that says ‘follow only the Lord Jesus and reject all sin’. You will find your conscience a little strict at first but later you will realize that it just wants you be in true union with God and his will for you.

God bless you and keep you.

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