How to Stand Strong through the Devil’s Attacks

Be strong in the Lord.

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).This literally means, “Strengthen yourselves in the Lord.” The first thing we must realize is that in our own strength, we are no match for the devil. He is a powerful spiritual being that we must not try to engage on our own.

Satan recognizes that God is your power-base. Therefore, Satan’s goal is to get between your soul and God. He tries to separate man’s heart from God and inspire man’s confidence in himself instead.

Remember God’s love for you.

When you are being tested, you should remember the words of Jesus, “My Father. . .is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29).

Absolutely nothing—nothing—can ever separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38–39).

Remember Christ’s victory over Satan at the cross.

The devil does not want you to remember that he was soundly defeated at the cross: “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Jesus broke Satan’s stranglehold on humanity when He died on the cross (see Colossians 2:14 ; John 12:31–32).

We are not fighting for our victory, we are fighting from His victory!

This is the Lord’s battle, not our own. We are simply individual soldiers in a vast army who are to obey the directions given to us by the captain of our salvation.

Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, recognized this when greatly outnumbered by his enemy. He prayed, “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what do to, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12). God then answered King Jehoshaphat’s prayer through a prophet, saying, “The battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15).

Resist the devil.

We should keep as much distance between us and the devil as possible. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We do this by avoiding things that will drag us down spiritually. Disobedience and persistent waywardness provide the enemy grounds from which he can attack and influence the Christian. This is why Scripture reminds us to not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27).

You will never win this spiritual battle in your own strength. You will only be successful when you draw your strength from the power base, God Himself. There you will find the strength and stamina to “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

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