As human beings, and as Christians, we will always find ourselves in the middle of a battle of good and evil. Where do you stand when evil desires enter into your internal conflict?
“Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
James 4:7 MEV. bible.com
How many times has our egotistical thinking led us down the wrong path?
Internally we regularly experience a tug-of-war going on which we can easily acknowledge. Think about past experiences where you had to make a decision, one were you stood fast and the other where you caved in. How did true satisfaction weigh in when you caved in? It’s never satisfying for long. In most cases, guilt arose shortly after caving in, the devil, evil one, or Satan (your choice) is a slick deceiver. Guilt only dug the hole deeper and like David (story of David and Bathsheba, 2 Samuel 2:11-6) you begin to find ways to cover it up. Slippery slope, sliding down. Quicksand consuming your very breath of life.
It’s incumbent upon us to remember that if we submit ourselves to God, meaning follow his direction, the devil will flee.
He only nudges when we desire what he is offering, and dangles it before us. The truth is, we are all weak and without resolve from time to time, that’s our plight, as a fallen people. When we find ourselves questioning, that’s the moment to step back and follow God‘s direction, even if it means that our desires are not being met at that moment in time, or if ever.
Don’t pretend you don’t understand. Don’t try to convince yourself it is all in your head and Holy Spirit is not speaking to you. When we question our desire it means we know the desire does not align with God’s plans for our lives, and we should deny the devil’s nudge. When we stand fast and follow Gods plan, the devil will flee. I wish I could say he will never return, but we know better. The evil one will never cease and we will always have to remain alert to his attacks. We exist on a battlefield.