It’s the classic bully scene. Opie Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show) faces the bully who has been extorting his milk money. Opie faces his fear, and braces for the punch. Then…he laughs. He realizes that his worst fear has come to pass and it was not a big deal. In fact, he takes matters into his own hands and “tears into” the bully. In the end he gets his nickels back. He has conquered. Any bully works the same way. Satan is no different. When we stand up to him, prepared to battle him, he has to “flee.” When we resist him, we prove that we aren’t afraid of him. He realizes that he has no chance with us, so he just leaves us alone. We emerge as conquerors…no…more than conquerors.
And we pray:
Lord, I thank You for giving me the courage to stand up to the enemy, and I thank You for being there to back me up in all my ways. Father, Your will be done in my life, Amen. When I am strong in You, I have the power to resist Satan and I know he has to flee. Amen.