- RESIST Satan’s attacks (read the HOW below).
- Resistance leads to VICTORY.
- Victory produces IMMUNIZATION against temptation.
- Immunization leads to FREEDOM.
All very well in theory, but what does this formula look like in real life?
Well, let’s take food addiction (I talk about this a lot because it’s an area I struggled with for years).
For those of us who suffer from dependence on food, Satan will use it against us. So if we are trying to be self-disciplined, he will bring temptation in many forms.
It is hard to resist, but when we do, and we keep on resisting (even when we fall, we get up and continue resisting), this will lead to immunization against temptation because it will become a habit to deny ourselves. This in time leads to freedom from being enslaved to food and permanent weight loss will follow.
So there you have it. God’s 4-part success formula.
It’s that first step that usually trips us up, so what does resisting Satan mean on a practical level?
>> The first part is to become aware of the attack.
>> Confess the temptation as a sin (which is having the mind of Satan instead of Jesus) so that God can cleanse your mind.
>> Read the Bible so that God can transform how you think.
>> Put on the armour of God. (Ephesians 6:11-18) – Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
>> Quote scripture until the temptation passes.