#1 In The Series "Demons, The Devil, Deliverance And The Children Of God"
I want to say right up front that I believe in spiritual warfare. You can't read the New Testament at all without recognizing the nature of the conflict we all face as believers. Paul's words in Ephesians chapter 6 are merely representative - perhaps the best known summary - of what the rest of the Bible teaches on the subject.
The stance Paul takes in this passage is one of "withstanding" the devil - "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm."(13). This is an important verb to note. As believers, we take our stand, in the power of the gospel, to withstand the work of the Devil in our lives. We don't expel the enemy. We withstand the enemy.
This, of course, is absolutely consistent with another well known passage dealing with spiritual warfare in the New Testament - James 4:7 - "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
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