Be steadfast in the faith

                                         BE STEADFAST IN THE FAITH
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same identical sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood throughout the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9

Sometimes I think when we are resisting the devil, if we’re not careful we will end up speaking more to him than we are speaking to God. It’s like we’re more conscious of the devil than we are of God. We don’t have to be repetitious when we’re rebuking the devil.
 Using your authority once with boldness as a result of the revelation in your heart that he has to bow to the Name of Jesus which you have been given. He knows he has to go when he is spoken to by a believer who knows who they are in Christ. If he submitted to Jesus’s authority, he will submit to yours.

If you follow the Word of God, you’ll realize that we resist the devil not by focusing so much on resisting him, but by being established IN THE FAITH that we are made right with God through Jesus’ blood, that we are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

It’s true that the devil will continue to remind you of your mistakes, failures and sins. And he will tell you that because of these things, you cannot receive your healing, that you will have to pay for your mistakes or that something bad will happen to your family. He will accuse you, condemn you and try to persuade your heart to believe that he can do bad things to you.
But friends, the truth is that the devil cannot enforce anything in your life if he  cannot persuade your heart. And your heart cannot be persuaded if it is “steadfast in the faith,” if it is established in righteousness. God says that once you are established  in righteousness, “You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you” (Isaiah 54:14).

So now that my heart is established in righteousness, I can boldly declare, “Yes, I may have these problems in my life, but I am not guilty in God’s eyes. I am justified in God’s eyes by faith because of what Christ has done on my behalf. I am righteous by Jesus’ blood. Friends, that is how you resist the devil and become undevourable.

Never lose sight of the truth that Satan cannot force anything on you. He is a defeated foe and he literally has to have your permission before he can do anything to you or in your life. So, let’s not give him that permission even by accident. Always tell him what the Word says about you and that you have been made more than a conqueror. Praise Jesus.

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