When do we flee from something? When we fear that what we are facing will either hurt us or kill us. We run away because we feel we will not be able to face the consequences if we go on forward. Interestingly, James uses this word to tell us how the devil will react when we resist him. He says in James 4:7- ‘Resist the devil and he will flee from you.’
Such is the power of a normal human being who resists the devil. The concept is simpler than we assume it to be. It is not because human beings are made so powerful that they can resist the devil on their own. If such was the case, Eve or Adam would not have fallen for his tactics. But every person who resists evil does so through the power of God. Self control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit as listed in Galatians 5. Even Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us that we fight against the supernatural hence the weapons listed as the armor of God contains weapons and accessories of the supernatural kinds. (Like prayer, faith, truth, righteousness, The word of God etc.) .
Resisting the devil means you do not give into the leading of the devil. Therefore the first step to resisting the devil is – ‘Not resisting the leading of God.’ There will come a time in every person’s life where they have to choose who their commanding officer is – devil or God. The Holy Spirit gives a clear choice between eternal life and eternal death. This is the defining moment for every believer, more popularly known as the born-again experience.
To resist we need to know two things. One is to know what to resist and the other is to know how to resist. We learn about these clearly when read God’s word, spend time with fellow believers and spend so much time with God in prayer that we become sensitive to The Holy Spirit. The most dangerous inkling to resist is ‘the urge to trust anything or anyone (including your own self) more than God.’
What really scares the devil is God. So make sure when the devil sees you he sees a reflection of God.