You know how the Bible says that “at the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee would bow, etc…”? For many nominal Christians, it’s actually the thought of a full-on attack from the devil that weakens their knees and sends them calling on the name of Jesus (or their pastor). This is what obtains for many Christians, but this reality is so far removed from who we are in Christ Jesus.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”(James 4:7, KJV)
The fully armed believer is extremely dangerous to the devil. The word translated as “flee” is “pheugo” in the original Greek rendition, and it conveys a sense of seeking safety by flight or escaping safely out of danger. Do you get? The fully armed believer is that dangerous to the devil.
How does the believer become fully armed?
Becoming “fully armed” is first a function of knowing who you are called to be in Christ, and then walking worthy of that calling. We come to a knowledge of who we are in Christ through the study of the scriptures. If you never knew you had victory over sin, and over spiritual wickedness, how would you enforce that victory? Knowing Christ and our status in Him, and the spiritual blessings we’ve been blessed with is critical.
It’s also important that we submit to the agency of the Spirit at work in us. Walking in the realities of being in Christ is only possible by the help of the Spirit (Galatians 3:3). We’re only able to walk worthy of our calling and take up spiritual armor by the help of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-6, 6:13). It’s not a work of valor or human grit.
Once you understand who you are in Christ, and have submitted yourself to the dealings of the Holy Spirit, you’re the most deadly thing the devil can think of: you’re armed and dangerous to him. When you rise up in this state to counter his lies and machinations, he does not have the temerity to fight back; he flees.
That’s the Gospel truth, darling. Stay armed and dangerous.