Resist the Devil

“Get behind Me, Satan!  For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” - Mark 8:33

This rebuke by Jesus to Peter his disciple was a counter rebuke in response to His rebuke. Peter refused to accept the fact that Jesus was going to be betrayed, killed and rise from the dead after three days. He rebuked Jesus for this statement, because Peter was motivated by Satan and mindful of material things more than the things of God.

Although Peter left all to follow Jesus and had spiritual insight and revelation when he said Jesus was the Son of God, and although he demonstrated faith by walking on water, yet he still was deceived by the devil.

Jesus did not call Peter Satan when, He said, “get behind me” - but it was the devil who motivated Peter to say what he did.  

We are told by the Apostle Paul not to give any place to the devil. We need today to watch our speech and make sure that nothing negative goes out of our mouths, which can snare us and allow the devil an opening.

Satan tries every which way to stop people from coming to Christ and being born again. When he fails in his primary object he then endeavours to hinder and stop those who have been born again to be effective in the kingdom of God.

You have been given authority over all the power of the devil. You are to resist and rebuke him with the powerful weapons at your disposal. You have the word of God, the blood of the Lord Jesus, and that name which is above every name – the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not to allow Satan to oppress or influence you in any way.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your love, grace and protection, against the devil. Today, once again, I yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit in my life and take a firm stand against the devil.