Small Thoughts-Resisting the Devil

I would occasionally like to try a new type of blog post. They will be short thoughts. I’m absolutely, most definitely, not trying to mimic Twitter, write posts because people have short attention spans, or abbreviate larger ideas or doctrines for the sake of making short posts. They really are small or short thoughts, not that they can’t be expanded on. They are my own thoughts and not authoritative or inarguable.

If I go on, the explanation will be longer than the post.

Today’s in on resisting the devil.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.
James 4:7-8a NIV

Resisting the devil is wrapped in two commands. We resist the devil by living rightly with God, or living godly lives. I’ve heard of people doing things like rebuking Satan, and even praying out loud so that Satan can hear us praying, because he, of course, can’t tell what we’re thinking. We shouldn’t have Satan in mind, but God.

Obviously, whole books could be written on this subject, including Ephesians 6, but I think that little passage in James says a lot.

2 Responses to “Small Thoughts-Resisting the Devil”

  1. 1 craig bennett

    About 10 years ago, I woke up with a very sore right ankle. I limped around all day, trying to work out how I had hurt it. That night, while on the loo, my right foot stopped hurting and my left hurt like billy oh.

    I started to laugh, and cried out, you stupid thing, you forgot what foot you were on, and then said get, in the name of Jesus and it went, and my foot stopped hurting.

    I once lived in a haunted house, and saw the demonic one night. I wrote the story here which you might be interested in.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for replying.

    I could have added that what I wrote is how we’re to live on a daily basis. There may be occasional exceptions for some people, as God can do whatever he’d like.


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