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Divine Protection From The Devil

God offers His protection from the devil to all who will submit to Him.

Submit yourselves therefor to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) | Word Blessings | protection from the devil

When you live a life of obedience (submission) to God,
He gives you His divine protection from the devil.

How it must grieve the Holy Spirit, to watch us flailing around frantically trying to gain control of our lives. We cannot do it. And one of our biggest obstacles is unseen: the devil.

Jesus has given us the perfect “how-to” strategy for gaining victory over the temptations, lies, and attacks of the devil. In Matthew 4:1-11, Satan tried to tempt Jesus three times. But Jesus deflected each temptation by speaking the Truth of Scripture. In each response Jesus said, “It is written…” followed by a statement of Truth from the Word of God. Example:

But He answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matthew 4:4)

That’s how we must “submit ourselves therefore to God” and in the process “resist the devil.” The Word of God is our weapon against demonic beings who would otherwise easily devour us.

The battle takes place in our minds, and we win the Battle with Scripture.
To put it another way: the more Scripture memory you’ve done, the more powerful is your weapon against the devil!

God reaffirmed this strategy when He inspired Paul to write:

And take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)

You have to put first things first: submit to God first. In this case, that’s Scripture memory. But don’t just take them in as “head knowledge”. Allow the Word of God to penetrate into the “soil of your heart”. (That’s simply a discipline of saying the passages over and over, and as you say them, visualizing yourself as already living according to the principles contained in those passages.)

Then, as the Word takes root and begins to grow and bear fruit–and recall: one of the Fruits of your relationship with the Holy Spirit is self-control–now you have the power of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ active in your life, and you can easily resist the devil.

A Personal Anecdote

This illustrates the difference between doing something in my own strength vs. the power of the Holy Spirit working through me.

As one of my sons and I were stopping for a red light in the left-turn lane of a busy street, the engine in my minivan suddenly quit and refused to start. Although the street was “nearly” level, we had to really strain to push the van around the corner and into an area where it was out of the way. That effort left us exhausted.

I thought of that a year or so later, when I again found myself waiting at a red light in another left-turn lane. This lane had a substantial incline. Nevertheless, when the green arrow came on, with just the slightest pressure of my foot upon the gas pedal, the same minivan moved easily up the incline, around the corner, and quickly accelerated to highway speed.

It’s a lot like that with spiritual matters. Just as it was all my son and I could do to move the heavy vehicle just a few feet under our own strength — without power from the engine, you and I are nearly powerless in the spiritual battles we face — without the power of the Holy Spirit to help us.

There usually a part that we have to do first. In the last half of my anecdote, my part was to press my foot against the gas pedal. Once I did that, the power of gasoline being burned in the cylinders of the car’s engine caused the car to move forward without me having to do anything else.

In the same way, when it comes to areas of obedience to God, there’s always a part I have to do first. Once I’ve done my part, God does the part I cannot possibly do.

I’ve started a list of areas in which I want to be obedient to God. This is not a comprehensive list, and I do not claim to be doing them perfectly either:

God Wants Our Obedience

I made a list of areas in which I want to be obedient to God. This is probably not a comprehensive list, and I am definitely not doing them perfectly:

attitude; anger; blaming; complaining; compromise; contentment; covetousness; defiance; discipline; dress - what we wear; entertainment choices; envy; food choices; excuses - making excuses vs. taking ownership; haughty vs. a humble heart; love; parenting; patience; physical fitness; pride; procrastination; rebellion; resentment; relationship based on performance vs. acceptance; repentance; revenge; Scripture memory; selfishness; stewardship (financial, time, talent etc.); stubbornness; ungodly or lustful thoughts and actions; unbelief - refusing to trust God; unforgiveness;

God does not expect perfection

What He is really watching for is steady progress in the right direction. He wants us to voluntarily come under His authority. In other words, He wants us to submit ourselves to God

An Example From Scripture Of Submitting To God: Tithing

When you are a faithful steward of what God has given you, He shields you from the devil:

10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:10-11)

And let us have no doubt as to who the “devourer” is:

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8)

Getting God’s protection from the devil is a HUGE deal!

The devil has incredible power over us, but God has him on a leash. When you walk in obedience to God, He promises He will not allow the devil to destroy your finances.

How To Apply The Principle:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

  1. The key to all of this is submission to God. That’s why the “submission” part of the verse comes first. It’s like: “Step #1: submit to God in all your ways”, “Step #2: Now that you’ve done that, you have the power to resist the devil.”
  2. We don’t have to be perfect. God is well aware that we cannot be perfect. He just wants to see us making steady progress in the right direction.
  3. If you do slide back a bit, don’t let the devil tell you that you are a loser, and that you might as well give up! No, just like learning to play the piano, submitting to God takes determination and daily practice.
  4. God is patient. He’s on your side. He soooo wants you to succeed. He created you. He loves you. The Father sent His only Son to die on a cross to pay for your sins. He hasn’t given up on you, so don’t you give up on yourself!
  5. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 God’s Word reminds you that you are not your own and have been bought with a price. (A very high price!)
  6. What To Do: memorize this verse: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 1:7) You can do it. Just write it on a recipe card and read it over several times a day until you can say it “by heart”. THEN — VERY IMPORTANT: Recite it silently to yourself frequently throughout the day. You will be astonished at how it helps you!
  7. One more thing: if the devil tries to guilt you by reminding you of your past, just REMIND HIM OF HIS FUTURE!

As we become more and more obedient — submitting to God — He strengthens the protective shield He has put around us.

~ Jan


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  • David September 1, 2016, 2:56 PM

    God is faithful….all the time

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  • Jacquie Leslie March 14, 2016, 12:10 AM

    Jan
    I bless The Lord for your faithfulness in blogging. I ran across your cite by accident or was it an accident? We all misquote at times but God knows our hearts and what we were trying to convey and The Holy Spirit gets the message across to the hearer. Also if you are a student of Gods Word you know what is being said. I saw in one of your posts that you believe that God is His Word and Jan The Holy Spirit has spoken Truth to your heart because in Revelation 19:13 it says “His name is The Word of God”. Revelation? ?19:13-14? ?HCSB??. Continue the working out of your salvation by being faithful through the ministry of His Word. Amen. I Thank God for you.

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    • Jan Smith April 9, 2016, 3:12 PM

      Hi, Jacquie ,
      I don’t believe it was an accident that you got here. It’s another case of God using the world system to accomplish His purposes

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  • Dawn December 6, 2015, 8:20 PM

    After viewing your website and seeing that you understand how the devil operates, I needed to send this. I really need God to move on a situation. This situation involves my daughter (my only child) and my family and how it is causing me to want to give up on prayer. I am a new believer. My husband not yet and sadly, my daughter gave up and now prefers to think there is no God after a science teacher explained to the class that there can be no God. Since my daughter has endured a great deal of emotional pain, I also think it was easier for her to believe there is no God, to justify (her feeling) that God did not help after she prayed for His help. And, with me being a “new believer” and not always the best example, I was not the best person to persuade her that God is real. I am praying for my husband and daughter’s salvation every day. The difficult situation that is pulling me down involves my daughter and my family being rejected and hurt by MANY people in the small Town that we moved to only 1.5 years ago. Many of these people belong to the “popular” group in town. They have many friends and their family name is very respected. Of course God is not the center of their life but if you were to ask about them, people would respond with: “They are a great family!”

    My daughter has made some pre-teen mistakes allowing people to talk but the community was already rejecting us before these mistakes occurred. The mistakes only gave them more info to condemn her/us with. And, I don’t mean “little talk”. I mean bullying and gossip where my daughter has felt suicidal at times. Kids make mistakes and in her case, she learned a lot and made changes but no one gives us a chance. It feels like the damage is done. For about a month I have been working on a “every day” relationship with God because I want to feel his love and encouragement so much. I finally see who Jesus is like I have never seen him before. I also believe that God has answered other prayers but this one thing with my daughter has not gotten any better and it’s discouraging me night and day. Seeing my only child suffer and be lonely is painful and I have no doubts that the devil knows it and that he wants me to get angry at God and turn away from him. It also plays into me feeling like a failure as a mom because the other moms don’t seem to like me either.

    Giving up on prayer is not what I want but I feel so discouraged and hurt almost every day from this one situation. I know it’s all in God’s time. I also keep reminding myself that God could be doing other things and there could be another purpose at work but there are days when I feel like yelling at God asking him why he can’t help us with this because it’s the one thing hurting and discouraging me the most.

    Can you please pray for us.

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    • William September 3, 2016, 9:46 AM

      I will pray for you Dawn. I am going through a hard time as well, but I have not been fighting the devil like I should have, so I hope for things to change. I hope you will pray for me as well as I fight against the devil with God’s help. Keep the faith and don’t give up Dawn 2 chronicles 20:15 please take time to read it. May God bless.

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  • Ruben August 2, 2015, 4:45 PM

    I noticed that you made an error when quoting James 4:7 in the “how to apply the principle” section. And I know it is not good to make errors when wuoting the word of God.

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    • Jan Smith August 2, 2015, 9:04 PM

      Good eye, Ruben! I try to be very meticulous in quoting the Bible. I sure missed that one. Thanks for letting me know.
      (By the way… your misspelled “quoting” in the second sentence . I know: the “W” is right next to the “Q” on the keyboard.)

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  • Uyonna November 23, 2014, 2:57 PM

    I can testify to tithing I have tithed since my early 20s and I am 46 now and God has been good I’m not rich and have had some tough times but God has always been there for me and my family because of obedience to tithing

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    • Jan Smith December 7, 2014, 9:17 PM

      Uyonna – I too have tithed for over 20 years. It’s one of the best decisions I ever made. I don’t have much money, but I am free from financial worry because God has never let me down! ~ Jan

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