I was reading a devotional entry from Bill Johnson’s “A Life of Miracles” and had one of those moments; one of those ah Ha! moments.
From Day 34: “The phrase deliver us from evil, as it is traditionally rendered, actually means, “deliver us from the evil one.” A heart modeled after heaven has great success in spiritual warfare. That’s why is says, “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (see James 4:7″
I think I’ve felt like I’ve been missing something about this verse, for a long time. But suddenly, I see and feel, a new picture. Submitting to God is pretty much a ‘no-brainer’ concept. This of course is an all out, all or nothing, complete surrendering of one’s will to God. But for some reason, I don’t know why – possibly someone’s teaching – “resisting the devil” looked like this non-violent, non-combative, do nothing at all but submitting to God stance, as if just because we submitted to God, Satan would run with just a glance of our eye. I would suppose, according to level of one’s faith and understanding of their authority and position in Christ, that this is a place that can be obtained.
But what if resisting actually looks like putting up a fight. To take a stand so strong; planting one’s feet and resolve so firmly – immovable and unshakable – that the stance itself would be daunting to the enemy. Sword drawn, shield up and ready, banner waving high and strong – totally prepared to face the oncoming enemy. What if resisting looked like picking up and using those weapons of ours which are not carnal, but MIGHTY to the PULLING DOWN of strongholds. What if resisting meant walking and/or standing in such a manner as to intimidate and make the enemy backup, and even run – “The LORD will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!” Deut 28:7 NLT
Ha! I love it! This is what I just found when I looked up the word resist in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary –
Origin of RESIST
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resister,
from Latin resistere,
to take a stand; akin to Latin stare
to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of RESIST
: to exert force in opposition
: to exert oneself so as to counteract or defeat <he resisted temptation>
: to withstand the force or effect of <material that resists heat>
I would encourage you to read this Ephesians 6 passage, yet again, but through new eyes. The eyes of a well trained warrior; one ready for battle, confident in the knowledge of who God is and who he or she is. One is who is determined that failure is not an option…
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore,
with truth like a belt around your waist,
righteousness like armor on your chest,
and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.
In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.
With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” Eph 6:10 – 18 HCSB