Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Sometimes the most important thing that we can learn is when to fight and when to run. Now I know that as mature, civilized people, we are not supposed to be fighting with one another, we are supposed to be striving to live in peace with all people. I am sure that you have found out that no matter how hard you try, sometimes it is difficult to live at peace with certain people and in certain circumstances.
I am not really talking here about fighting between people. I am talking about knowing when to fight and when to take flight in the Christian life, in the spirit realm. We know that the Bible teaches that we are all involved and caught up in the battle that rages between good and evil, between God and Satan. We are told that we are not at war against flesh and blood, but against powers of darkness and evil spiritual rulers in the heavens. Our adversary here is the devil, the angel of darkness that was cast out of heaven after he initiated rebellion against God. He was cast down to the earth where he was given domain. We also know that he was totally and absolutely defeated by Jesus who came to earth and redeemed the earth and all men who would believe in Him back to God.
Many Christians have the idea the we are flee from the devil. That is totally wrong, we are never told to flee the devil. To the contrary, we are told to submit to God and to resist the devil and he will flee from us. When it comes to the devil, we are to put on our armor and to get into the fight mode, that will put him in the flight mode and that is how it is supposed to be. Jesus’ victory over the devil is our victory, because we are now in Christ.
There is only one time that we as Christians are encouraged to flee, and that is in the face of sin and youthful lusts. Don’t get confused and try to fight here, it will certainly end in defeat. There is a time for fight and a time for flight knowing which to do at a given time is essential to maintaining your victory.