“Resist” – to exert oneself so as to counteract or defeat. “Resist” – to withstand the force or effect of.
“Resist.” It has been described as “a battle cry” for many who oppose the current administration and the hashtag #resist has been trending on social media for more than 12 months.
Children of the Most High are to resist unjust laws and stand up for those who are powerless and lack our privileges. We must remember however, that our first place of resistance must always be in the spiritual realm. We are told in Ephesians 6:11-13 that, “We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil.” We are also given instructions for battle including this, “Therefore you must wear the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist evil in its day of power…” (End of 5 minutes)
Our ability to resist “the unseen power that controls this dark world,” beings with surrender. Total, ongoing surrender to our Father.
“Sin is a dethroned monarch; so you must no longer give it an opportunity to rule over your life, controlling how you live and compelling you to obey its desires and cravings. So then, refuse to answer its call to surrender your body as a tool for wickedness. Instead, passionately answer God’s call to keep yielding your body to him as one who has now experienced resurrection life! You live now for his pleasure, ready to be used for his noble purpose. Remember this: sin will not conquer you, for God already has! You are not governed by law but governed by the reign of the grace of God” (Romans 6:12-14, TPT).
“But he continues to pour out more and more grace upon us. For it says,
‘God resists you when you are proud
but continually pours out grace when you are humble.’
So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you” (James 4:6-7, TPT).
In the Stark Trek franchise, the Borg told those they intended to assimilate, “Resistance is futile.” Sometimes, as we are bombarded by news of recurring atrocities in the world, the forces of evil can seem insurmountable. In addition, sometimes in our personal lives, after repeated failures in a specific area, we can be tempted by the evil one to believe, “Resistance is futile.” That is a lie. Resisting evil is never futile. Think of the concept of resistance training. Also referred to as “strength training or weight training,” resistance training, is the use of resistance to muscular contraction to build the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles. Resistance training is based on the principle that muscles of the body will work to overcome a resistance force when they are required to do so. When you do resistance training repeatedly and consistently, your muscles become stronger.”
The last sentence is worth repeating, “When you do resistance training repeatedly and consistently, your muscles become stronger.” Restated in spiritual terms, “When you engage in spiritual resistance repeatedly and consistently, your spiritual muscles will become stronger.” Let us repeatedly and consistently surrender to our Father, and repeatedly and consistently resist the evil one. And let us resist from the place of victory won for us by the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the One who led captivity captive (Ephesians 4:8, AMP). And the knowledge that, even when we are at our weakest, our God, “always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him” (2 Corinthians 2:14, AMP). Surrender and resist!
I am participating in a weekly writing adventure with the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung. This week’s prompt is, “Surrender.” Links were added after the five minute window closed. The definitions for “Resist” are from http://www.merriam-webster.com. The definition of “Resistance Training” is from www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.