Day 20 – Stand Your Ground
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 5:6
Though many consider it to be controversial, several states have “stand your ground” laws. Under a “stand your ground” law, one is allowed to use force without backing down in order to protect or defend themselves against someone who is either attacking them or threatening them.
As a Christian, you must stand your ground against Satan. The Bible says that Satan “steals, kills, and destroy” (John 10:10) and “seeks whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). Notice that 1 Peter 5:8, says that Satan is seeking someone to devour. Well, you must “stand your ground” and remind him that you’re not the one.
You must stand your ground again the enemy for your health, for your marriage, for your family, for your finances, and even for your very life. Even if you are a “baby Christian,” you need to do whatever you have to do to grow up and mature quickly in matters of spiritual warfare because the devil has no problem “taking candy from a baby.”
When you are exercising your faith and trusting God to perform in your life, Satan will try to intimidate you and use whatever means he can to terrorize you to make you not trust God. You must “stand your ground” and resist him. To resist means to face him head on and declare the very opposite of everything that he tries to speak to you and take your authority over him in the name of Jesus.
Spiritual warfare is a real matter in the life of the Christian but the devil will take advantage of both your ignorance and timidity. You have the authority through Jesus’ name and the power of His blood, so use it and “stand your ground.” If you do this “steadfastly” which means consistently, the devil will “flee from you” with his tail between his legs like the terrified dog that he is.
Faith Stretching Exercises:
1. Practice standing your ground by verbalizing your authority over every negative situation in your life.
2. Decide today to stop running from challenges but face them head on in the authority of Jesus’ name.