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5 Things You Should Do to Resist the Devil When You Find Yourself Alone

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5 Things You Should Do to Resist the Devil When You Find Yourself Alone

5 Things You Should Do to Resist the Devil When You Find Yourself Alone

Solitude can be viewed either as good or bad, depending on the context and circumstances. Being alone gives one a great opportunity to get to know oneself better as we reflect and introspect. On the other hand, when we are in solitude, it is often easier to become vulnerable to destructive thoughts and negative behaviors.

However, when we remember to resist and focus on the good, we can find strength and hope even in the darkest moments. The devil will always try to take advantage of us, but we have the power to stand firm and remain faithful to our values and beliefs.

James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Before embracing solitude to meditate or engage in personal reflection, it is wise to set your heart and mind in the right place. Instill the belief that you have the power to overcome anything in life, be it challenges, obstacles, and any tough times because God is with you. He will give you strength, courage, and wisdom. He will be your guide and your rock. Believe in yourself and in God and you will be able to do just about anything. Do not let the devil's lies and deception bring you down. You are loved and valued by God. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Keep your faith strong and you will be successful in all your endeavors.

On any occasion you find yourself alone not by choice, hold on to the same belief in yourself and in God. It may take some practice to master your thoughts and have control over them. Here are five things you can do to make it easier to overcome the hurdle of negative thinking and make it easier to resist any ‘suggestions’ from the devil to break you.

Praying

Praying

1. Pray

Pray for strength and protection against the devil's schemes and lies. Ask God for guidance and wisdom to make the right choices.

Praying in this manner will allow us to be better equipped to discern truth from falsehood and to make wise choices. Asking God for guidance and wisdom to make the right choices will enable us to stay on the path He has laid out for us.

Prayer is an important part of a Christian's life, as it is a way to communicate with God and to thank Him for His blessings.

Prayer is the only way to combat the spiritual warfare that is constantly occurring in the world. The devil is constantly seeking to deceive and manipulate us, but with prayer and reliance upon God's strength, we can stand strong and resist his tactics.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing." This verse shows us that prayer should be a regular part of our lives and that it is important to take time out of our day to talk to God.

Prayer can be a source of strength, comfort, and guidance in times of need. Prayer is a powerful tool that can help us to draw closer to God and to trust in His love and mercy. This can bolster our faith and magnify the focus on Him instead of ourselves.

Let us remember to always seek God first and rely on His strength to protect us from the devil's schemes and lies.

In Job 3, as Job suffered, he cried out to God repeatedly, his anguish was so great he cursed the day he was born but as he cried out, he turned his concerns into constant prayers.

I have heard the saying that anxious thoughts are unused prayers.

Job consistently prayed to God, refusing to spend time worrying about his concerns. Regardless of our circumstances, the Bible encourages us to pray consistently.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Job managed to offer praise, as he questioned God, and cursed himself, without cursing God. Prayer kept him steady when the support of his friends was inadequate.

Whenever you find yourself alone, know that you can talk to God. As you pray about your concerns, do not forget to thank God for listening and for not abandoning you.

When you feel alone, God is still present. He hears your words and sees your tears.

Reading the Bible

Reading the Bible

2. Read the Bible

Read passages from the Bible that speak of God's love and faithfulness. Focus specifically on verses that emphasize on His greatness and how He is always present to help us in our times of need, especially to resist the devil. When we make God the center of our attention and focus on the ‘good stuff’, it takes us away from the things the devil sends our way to break us. It makes it harder for us to be sad and wallow in pity when we are enveloped in His greatness and glory.

The Bible is filled with reminders of God's never-ending love and faithfulness. God's Word is powerful and when we read and meditate on it, we are reminded of His promises and unfailing love for us. As we stand firm on the truth of His Word, we will be able to resist the lies of the enemy.

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints, and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Let us take comfort in knowing that God's Word is at work in our lives, transforming us and shaping us into the people He wants us to be. God's Word is precious and powerful, so let us take the time to meditate on it, study it, and live it out each day.

Find Encouragement

Find Encouragement

3. Find Encouragement

As mentioned in the opening, being alone is not necessarily a bad thing. However, if it affects you mentally, spiritually, and physically, then it may be a sign to get help. Praying and reading the Bible are key to building our spiritual resistance, but if you find yourself struggling to even pray and read the Bible, getting help from someone who does can make a big difference.

When push comes to shove, we need to do what it takes to help ourselves overcome the situation that is not doing us any good. Reach out to your family members or a trusted friend for words of encouragement. Do not fear being vulnerable and there certainly is no need to feel shame for seeking help when you need it.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

This scripture teaches us that working together makes us stronger. We can encourage each other with God’s word, offer pleasant company, and give advice as needed. We are encouraged to seek God first in anything that we do, but there are times when He offers us another lifeline in the form of a friend or a family member.

Since the creation of Adam, God did not want us to be alone. And we do not have to be. Not only is God with us, but he has also blessed us with people in our lives.

If you feel like you do not have anyone in your life to offer adequate support, look beyond your own social circle. Do not give up and with the faith of a mustard seed, escalate a prayer to God to help you find the support you need.

Avoid Sinful Activities and Trust in God

Avoid Sinful Activities and Trust in God

4. Avoid Sinful Activities and Trust in God

Stay away from activities, places, and people that could lead you to sin or compromise your values. When we allow ourselves to mingle with the unruly company or dwell in an environment that encourages sin and immorality, we increase the chance of succumbing to the temptations of these influences. And when we indeed succumb to those ‘influences’, our soul gets tainted and inclined to do the bidding of the devil. As a result, this brings us further away from God and His will for us.

As a rule of thumb, we must strive to avoid anything that will draw us away from God and His commandments. By following His Word and honoring Him, we can remain faithful and true to His teachings.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

It is undeniable that trust is hard to nurture when we seek to follow an ‘invisible’ God. However, this is where our faith is put to the test; we are required to believe and trust that God has our best interests at heart even when we cannot see the outcome. It requires us to be vulnerable and open ourselves up to the possibility of disappointment, failure, and pain. It is a risk that can be hard to take, but when we do, it can bring us closer to God and help us to grow in our faith.

We must learn to make informed decisions and choices as it has a significant impact on our spiritual well-being. There are times when we want to succumb to the pleasures of the moment for a second of happiness, we overlook the consequences and the impact on our body, mind, and spirit.

Stay Strong and Have Faith in God

Stay Strong and Have Faith in God

5. Stay Strong and Have Faith in God

Faith is hard to nurture when we cannot see or know what is there for us right around the corner. More so, we serve a God that is omnipresent yet we cannot see Him or hear from Him tangibly. The only solace we have is by seeing the result of His work at hand when we pray and ask Him for help and our prayers are answered.

Even though you may not always have your prayers answered, you must remind yourself that God is always with you, no matter what. God is there to help you overcome the devil's schemes and temptations.

"Remember, the devil is a liar!” God's Word reminds us in John 8:44, that the devil was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

God wants you to have hope, more importantly, hope for something better. John 12:44-46 says, “Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” Jesus has come to bring light into the world, and He wants us to be a part of that mission.

The word of God says in Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

When we feel weak physically, mentally, or even spiritually, we can rest assured that our God is strong and always ‘bigger’ than our situation or circumstances. Whether we are alone or in the company of others, God will never leave us. Our story does not end on a bad note. God instead grants us a hope and future. Let us believe that truth because God spoke it!

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