Power For Living
God gives power through His Holy Spirit to be effective in ministry because He wants you to succeed in His mission. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. This is the admonition of James 4:7. In separating light from darkness, we have been told that to come out from among them is the only way to let prevail. Now we need to receive a instruction that light shining in darkness is not so if light shuns darkness. In order for the light to shine, it must go to the darkness in some way. This does not mean that you have to go to unclean places.
It means that just as Jesus ate with publicans and sinners, we who would win souls cannot hope to do so enormously, by casting out of our presence completely, people who do not the truth of God. But in compassion, considering ourselves (staying prayerful and submitted to God), we are called by God to strengthen the feeble minds through faith. The battlefield of the mind is where the most important battle of purpose is waged – because as a man (or woman) thinks in his (or her) heart, so is he (or she).
Jesus means for us to resist the devil himself: that spirit of the antichrist. However, the person is a soul that belongs to God. We must mature in spiritual warfare, that we may be able to resist the enemy while loving the person who is under his influence. This is sometimes difficult, because the individual we are seeking to save may be weak minded, not able to join us is fasting and prayer of resistance.