“In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.“
This week we will be focusing on being a Resistance Warrior for Christ. To be such a Warrior, we must first define what resistance is. Then, we must focus on what or whom we are resisting, our tools of resistance (principally God’s Word), our thoughts on resistance (taking every thought captive), and our duty to resist.
We will start with defining what resistance is. Simply put, resistance is the refusal to accept or comply with something or someone. The opposite of resistance is to capitulate or to give in.
Historically, during the occupation of France by German forces, an underground movement was formed called the Resistance. Their original purpose was to avert capture and conscription into compulsory work service for the German occupiers. However, they soon increased in their organization from averting capture to active resistance. Their cause was the freedom of themselves and their country from the occupying German forces. They did not give up or give in and helped to free their country from the oppressive occupying forces.
Biblically, we see examples of resistance warriors. David and his group of men who later became known as the Mighty Men being one of the most recognized examples. David, who was king Saul’s son-in-law, captain of the bodyguard, and honored in Saul’s house, was forced to flee Saul’s jealous wrath when Saul saw that the Lord was with David and not with him. David led a group of men who were described as “everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul” 1 Samuel 22:2.
These men came together and fought against their enemy, the Philistines, all while being chased by Saul’s army. They hid in the mountains and in caves at times. They refused to sit on the sidelines while the Philistine enemy was attacking parts of their country. They refused to be captured by Saul, and through David’s leadership, these men were persuaded not to attack Saul, the Lord’s anointed king over Israel (1 Samuel 24:4-7). They resisted giving in to the temptation to attack the Lord’s anointed king over Israel, the very one who was chasing them, but who was the very one who the Lord had placed in authority over them.
Now that we have defined resistance, and discussed historical and biblical examples, let’s focus on practical examples today. Resistance against pride, jealousy (like Saul), greed, lust, gossip – insert the sin or sins that so easily entangle you.
Are you a resistance fighter or are you aiding and abetting the enemy? When temptation comes your way, are you reaching out to the One who resisted to the point of shedding his blood for you? Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, knows our struggle against every temptation as he experienced every temptation from the devil (Luke 4:13).
It is only through the power of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit that we can resist the enemy and stand in the victory that has already been won by Jesus standing in our place and dying on the cross in our place for our sins.
Daily Battle Order:
Kingdom Men, the Kingdom is at war, and you were made for victory. Are you resisting in your own strength, failing, and then sitting on the sidelines? That is where the enemy, satan, wants you to stay. He knows that you were made for victory, so he lies and cheats and steals and kills and destroys to try to convince you to give up and give in.
In the words of Winston Churchill on October 29, 1941, in the midst of overwhelming odds against Germany and their Axis partners who sought to rule the world through occupation and oppression: “this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Succinctly, never give up and never give in.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Today, Kingdom Men, take God at His Word, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Tomorrow, we will dive deeper into what or whom we are resisting.