The apostle Paul understood who causes the destruction of the flesh (of the physical body) and he instructed the Corinthian church to give over a believer who was willfully sinning, and he knew who to give him to, saying in First Corinthians 5:5, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Willful, habitual sin permits the devil to attack you physically, because he has something (sin) in you (John 14:30), though the blood of Christ keeps your spirit clean and you remain saved. In 1 John 3:8, the Apostle says, He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
The word committeth means to practice a lifestyle of sin. The Ampified Bible calls it practicing evildoing. Now, we have all missed the mark at one time or another and by the grace of God we can repent and receive immediate cleansing and forgiveness, that way the devil has nothing of himself in us. For our benefit, God does not want us to have any part of the devil in us. He wants us to live in his righteousness, which comes through Jesus, and from doing what he says. God loves his children and is eager to cleanse and forgive when we fall short, but we have to ask. We also see from 1John 3:8, Jesus came that he might destroy the works of the devil. Further on in 1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. The Amplified Bible says in 1John 5:18, that anyone born of God does not deliberately and knowingly practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him, and the wicked one does not lay hold on him or touch him.
Jesus offers healing and life. The devil offers sickness, disease, and death.
Jesus speaks of the contrast between the devil’s plan and God’s plan for us in John 10:10, saying, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. James tells us in James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Focus on God and his word, and do what he says. The word of God has always worked against the devil and always will. Remember how Jesus defeated the devil as he tried to tempt him with lies? Jesus began quoting what God said, and ended the assault on his mind by resisting the devil, saying, in Matt 4:10, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve”. Resist the devil, don’t accept his lies. Resist his ideas, thoughts and suggestions. If he suggests a symptom, resist with the word of God, cast the devil’s idea, thought or suggestion out of your mind.
When we yield to God, that action is resisting the devil, but understand also that the word resist is emphatic—NO! “Get thee hence!” Just like you would command a dog that was doing something it knew not to do. Get back devil! Get out! I don’t believe your lies! I belong to Jesus and yield myself to his righteousness.
Be bold like Jesus.
The Apostle Peter instructs us in 1 Peter 5:8, saying, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Seeking whom he may devour. When we are calm and collected (sober) we can react according to the word, which says in 1Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
We resist this adversary because we are told to resist him. And the Good News is he is already defeated. Jesus won that victory on the cross, then God raised him from the dead. Halleluia. We are His righteousness. To resist the sickness and disease that is from the devil is resisting the devil and enforcing the victory and life of Jesus, and we enforce that victory by answering God’s word to the devil, to the sickness itself, and by yielding to the Holy Spirit and doing what God tells us to do.
Happy Independence Day, and until next time, God bless you and your loved ones.