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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 9, 2012 - Responding to Satan’s Attacks

By Ron Johnson

One of Satan’s primary methods of attack is to create doubt. He does this in the form of questions and accusations. For example, he tempted Eve with the question, “Did God really say … ?” (Genesis 3:1, NIV). He tempted Jesus Christ with the question, “If you are the Son of God … ” (Matthew 4:3).

Satan continues to use this type of attack against us. Sometimes his assault comes in the form of our own doubts and fears. Sometimes it comes in the accusations of those around us. Sometimes Satan’s attacks come disguised as life’s circumstances, which assail us from every side.

How should we respond to Satan’s attacks? The book of James instructs us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4:7,8, KJV).

First, we must submit ourselves to God. In submitting ourselves to God we are acknowledging to our Heavenly Father that we are weak and in need of His provision. In turning to our Heavenly Father, we are asking Him to save and deliver us from evil. When we submit ourselves to God we are recognizing our dependence upon Him. In this act we are turning away from our own strength and trusting in the Lord. This in itself is the primary act of resisting Satan and his attack.

Satan desires to direct our focus toward ourselves and the circumstances around us, toward our weakness or need, and away from God, the source of all that is good. We must, instead, turn toward God, seeking Him and His deliverance. When we turn toward God in humble submission, we are promised that the devil will flee.

We must remember that our war with Satan is a lifelong engagement. While he may retreat for a season, he is reforming his troops for another attack. We must continually remain on guard, constantly alert. The apostle Peter warns, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Victory over Satan is received through our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, we must cultivate our relationship with Him. We must, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” We do this by, cleansing our lives before God and our fellowman. “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” In following James’ instructions we are slamming the door on Satan and his attack.

— Ron Johnson ministers at Gospel Publishing House at the Assemblies of God national offices in Springfield, Mo., and attends Central Assembly of God.

 

 

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