So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
— James 4:7 (AMPC)
Satan wants our joy because it is our strength (see Nehemiah 8:10). He attacks with fear in order to steal the joy that Jesus has provided for us. He also uses the same tactic to try to steal our peace.
God’s Word instructs us to “watch and pray” (see Matthew 26:41), and it is good advice. Watch your thoughts, pay attention to what your emotions are doing, how you’re feeling, and what decisions you are making. If you are sensing the beginning of anything that seems the least bit ungodly or that will diminish you in any way, pray immediately and resist the temptation in the power of God.
Satan looks for weaknesses that he can take advantage of, and we should be watching for his attacks, so we can resist at the onset of them and defeat him every time.
Prayer of the Day: Lord, with Your help, I will resist the enemy as soon as anything seems the least bit unlike You or will bring me down, amen.