“Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Every passage in the New Testament that deals with the Devil always instructs you and me to do something about the Devil. New Testament believers are never told to pray that God would do something about the Devil!
In James 4:7 “you” is the understood subject of the sentence “You resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” Notice it’s not, “Pray to God for Him to do something about the Devil.” Nor is it, “Pray that Jesus won’t let the Devil get you.”
Also notice that the Bible doesn’t say, “When you feel like it, you can resist the Devil, and it will work for you.” No. Whether you feel like it or not, the authority still belongs to you. You can’t feel authority; you just exercise it!
I once sensed in my spirit that there was special significance about the word “flee” in James 4:7. In a huge dictionary I found the definition that seemed to fit what my spirit called for: “To flee: to run from as in terror.”
Act on James 4:7. Don’t just consider it as a fairy tale, but as the Word of God, which is to be acted upon. If you’ll act on it, the Devil and all his cohorts will run from you as in terror!
Confession: I resist the Devil according to God’s Word. The Devil runs from me as in terror. He’s scared to death of Jesus Christ, so he’s scared to death of me!
(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa , OK , USA. www.rhema.org )