RESISTANCE

During World War II most Americans supported the French Resistance against the Nazi occupation of their country.  Depending upon one’s perspective, resistance can be a positive or negative action.  We would probably feel justified at opposing, withstanding and striving against any government or corporation which attempted to unjustly deprive us of rights or possessions.  On the other hand, we might consider some military groups who used violent resistance against a fairly elected government as terrorists instead of a resistance movement.

Christians are told by God to obey and pray for those in authority even when they don’t share our moral beliefs. (Rom 13:1-6) (Tit 3:1) (1 Tim. 2:1-2) (Heb 13:17)  We are allowed to obey God rather than men as Peter and John did in Acts 4:19-20.

Satan is an enemy whom we can and must resist.  When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil for 40 days, he resisted by quoting scripture. (Mt 4:1-11) However, Luke writes that the devil only left Christ until an opportune time. (Lk 4:1-13) James tells us to resist the devil and he will flee (Js 4:7) but he will always be prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet 5:8) Peter knew this first-hand because he had let Satan use him to tempt Jesus. (Mt 16:23) (Lk 22:31-32) The devil used Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10) and, of course, Judas to do his evil deeds. (Lk 22:3)

The Lord said to Cain just before he killed his brother Abel, “…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must resist it.” (Gen 4:7) In Revelation (3:20) we read of another door at which Christ knocks and promises to come in and eat with whomever will open the door for him.  How tragically sad that most people resist opening this door and readily open the one behind which Stan is crouching.  It often seems as if mankind welcomes and embraces rather than resists temptation.

—Jim Bailey