Making the devil flee

Oftentimes, people say that if the devil comes our way, we should resist him and he will flee from us. That is not entirely true. We usually leave out a part:

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The devil is not afraid of us – he is afraid of God. If we first submit to God and then resist the devil, God will be standing with us as we resist and the devil will flee.

Don’t try resisting the devil without first submitting to God.

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3 Responses to “Making the devil flee”


  1. Pray 1 Chron 4:10 the last two parts are where the power is. You will get the blessing after the submission, so don’t go around like so many crying “Oh, bless me, bless me, enlarge my territory- that is material greed and so many other sins.
    Pray: That your Hand be UPON ME, the YOU keep ME from EVIL, keep me from evil, keep me from evil repeat it until you get it. because if YOU DO THE EVIL YOU WILL CAUSE THE PAIN.
    pray THAT YOU keep me from EVIL that I MAY NOT CAUSE PAIN-to my family, friends, anyone.
    Pray This prayer and The Lord’s prayer, or Ps 40:1,4; Mt6:13, 2 Tim 4:18, Ps 103 is beautiful, find the prayer that will keep you in Him daily. It is a personal relationship; make it stronger daily.

  2. Walking in the light as he is in the light is a much better and proven way of maintaining fellowship – of having a personal relationship. As the passage I mention (James 4:7) says, to get the devil to leave us alone, we must first submit to God. What is submitting to God? First, submit to his will by repenting, being baptized, and joining a good church. Then submit to his will by reading, studying, and memorizing his word. Repeating a prayer over and over again until you “get it” is a waste of time. Submit to God then resist the devil and the devil will flee.

  3. Vivian, sounds like you are guilty of contradicting this passage:

    Matthew 6:7-8 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

    Repeating a prayer over and over again is not praying (or it might be considered praying with yourself!, rather than God – see Luke 18:11) – praying is talking with God, giving your cares, concerns, and needs to Him and leaving them in His hands to deal with them according to His will – not continually repeating something like a mantra hoping it will be like rubbing the lamp and making the genie come out and give you your three wishes. God isn’t a genie. He is our Heavenly Father – and repeating something over and over is not going to change His will; in fact, it will show Him that you are not interested in doing His will (ie. seeking what He wants in each of those areas of your life), but instead are determined to manipulate Him and do your will regardless.


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