â€œTherefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.â€Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Well, who do you think it is?Â None other than the culprit himself â€œSelfâ€ who aids Satan in ways we canâ€™t begin to imagine.Â May I share this with you? I was in meditation recently, enjoying the goodness of Godâ€™s presence and who pops up its head and demands attention and recognition?Â Yes, it was self, immediately the Holy Spirit, in that still small voice said, you have a problem!Â Instantly in my mind was an image, an ugly image of myself!Â I saw pride, self-centeredness, need for recognition, etc. The above Scripture came into mind, humility fell upon my heart and I cried for forgiveness!Â My focus returned to praises but I understood that in order to have victory I must surrender â€œselfâ€ to the power of the Holy Spirit.Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â We can see it takes only a moment for self to slip in unnoticed and rob us of our joy in the Lord. At that time especially, I realized the importance to pray without ceasing for Satan is ever present.Â 1 Peter 5:8 describes his ploy:Â â€œBe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.â€Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â It is imperative that we have time to read and meditate on Godâ€™s Word for without it we are not prepared to recognize the attacks of Satan and the indulgence of self opens the door to many temptations!
Â â€œResist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.â€
1 Peter 5:9