Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
One of the easiest ways to keep the devil and his works out of your life is found in this verse of scripture. It is known as the power of positive resistance. Every time you submit your life to the ways of God, you are automatically resisting the devil. The things God wants you to do the devil does not want you to do.
For example, does God want you to find a good church that teaches all the truth and will therefore lead you into the truth that will set your free? Yes He does. The devil does not want you in a church where you can become a disciple of God, he wants you to be his disciple. So once you find such a church and go to church, you are automatically resisting the devil.
Scripture teaches us to forgive one another, but the devil wants us to hold a grudge. When you choose to forgive and walk in love you resist the devil and he will flee from you. God’s Word teaches us to give to the work of God so we can share the gospel. The devil for sure doesn’t want you giving any of your money to help God’s work, but when you do, you are resisting the devil.
The opposite of this verse is true as well. What if you know you should be in a good church but don’t go? What if you know you should forgive, and give to the work of God but you don’t? Then you would be submitting to the devil’s ways and resisting God. Some people don’t realize their biggest problem isn’t the devil, it’s the fact that they are not resisting him by choosing to submit to God. You can resist the devil simply by submitting your life to the will of God.