The shadow of a dog has never bitten anyone, has it?
Never be afraid of the devil’s threats, scares or barks in form of symptoms of sickness, lack, insufficiency, demonic interference or infiltration etc
I heard the story of a dear Man of God, Lester Sumrall. One night, he was fast asleep and was woken up by the sound of movements of chairs and table in his living room. He came out to check who it was and noticed it was a demon. As soon as he saw who it was, he turned back heading for his bedroom and said “I didn’t know it was you devil” However, it occurred to him that his chairs and table had been moved from their position, he turned back and said to the demon “Make sure you arrange the chairs and table before you leave!” What a fearless approach to a demonic manifestation!
The bible never says we should pray to God and the devil will flee. He said “Resist the devil…” (Jam 4:7). We must fearlessly use our authority in Christ . The authority is the Name of Jesus! “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (Mk. 16:17-18).
There are two ways you may choose to use this authority i.e. speaking or ignoring. Many of us are used to speaking. “I command you devil, stop your operation or leave this instant in Jesus name” This is okay. But it is actually the lowest form of using your authority to resist the devil. The highest one is to ignore! To act as though he or what he is doing does not exist. To never pay attention to his antics and tactics! The same way you will ignore the shadow of a dog! Lester Sumrall demonstrated this in the above story.
Prophet Jonah said “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy” (Jonah 2:8). The word “vanities” in Hebrew language means emptiness, vain, vapour. In fact, same shades of meaning are used for the word “flee” in James 4:7. “…resist the devil, and he will FLEE from you” It’s suggestive of something vanishing like a vapour. When you observe lying emptiness or vapour, you forsake your mercy i.e. the deliverance provided for you. If you are not observing these lying vanities in fear, it means you are ignoring them by faith! Learn to ignore. Do not give the devil an attention he does not deserve.
“The devil is a toothless bulldog…” Jerry Savelle, made this statement in one of His teachings I listened to years ago “…he can only bark but can’t bite” Those symptoms are mere scare…don’t allow them to get at you. They are like a mirage, they only exist as long as you pay attention to them.
“And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God” (Phil. 1:28).
Stay focused on the victory you have in Christ, ignore the activities of the wicked one in whatever guise they come as.
I hope you got this?