Recently, I woke up around two in the morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. Nights are when I’m most susceptible to the fiery darts of the enemy, and this night was no exception. I started thinking of all the projects I hadn’t finished and how useless I was because I would probably never get any of them done and why did I ever think I could do those things anyway.
But this time instead of continuing to listen to what the darkness was telling me, I started praying. I thanked God for who and how He made me and for keeping His promise to finish the work He’s started in me. Sleep didn’t come right away, but as I continued to pray, the darkness left and I felt peace in its place.
After eventually getting a couple more hours of sleep, I woke up fully refreshed and with a great idea for one of the projects on my mind during the night.
James 4:7 says, “ . . . submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
When temptation comes (yes, having ill will toward ourselves is just as much a sin as it is toward others), we need first to submit to God and what His word says about us. And secondly, we need to resist the devil. Young’s Literal Translation says to “stand up against the devil.”
During Jesus’ temptation in the desert before His ministry began (Matt 4), Jesus stood up against the devil by agreeing with God’s word. Every time the devil started with “If you . . .,” Jesus answered, “It is written . . .” Yep. The devil couldn’t stand up to the truth!
I hope I have learned my lesson. I need to quickly submit and resist – even (or maybe especially) in the middle of the night.