“Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
I heard it all my life, “resist the devil and he will flee from you”, but it didn’t seem to work. Sometimes, not always, I was trying my best to resist doing things I knew were wrong, but I still kept doing them, why? The answer is easy, read the first part of this scripture. You can’t resist the devil, at least not by yourself, you must get God involved.
First – Submit to God, seek His help, trust Him to guide and protect you. Second – Resist the devil, you will still have to put feet to the floor and not go near the things that are a weakness to you. Third – The devil will leave you alone, it may only be for a short time, but he will leave you alone, then keep trusting God and standing firm.
Follow Jesus’ example in Matthew 4 when He was tempted, it will work for you too.