A person once said, anyone that intends to eat with the devil should use a long spoon. This statement is suggesting an extra carefulness is required to deal with evil people. Contrary to this, and through the revelation of the word of God, the best way to deal with Satan is to IGNORE the devil. This is not suggesting that people should pretend that Satan is not existing nor had lost his ability to mislead people to fall into temptation, but the acronym “IGNORE” below spells the detailed steps about how to deal with this archenemy of man and eventually defeat and overcome him.
I—Invite the presence of God to your situation. The name of God is a strong tower; the righteous run unto it and are saved. (Proverb 18:10) David in the valley of Elah—revealed the name of God as his weapon. “You come to me with sword, with spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (I Samuel 17:45) “Therefore submit to God. Resist the Satan, he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
G—Give praises to God in your affliction. Magnify God with your praises instead of magnifying Satan in your sorrowful thought and downcast. A Scottish author and preacher George Matheson (1842-1906), who was blind, expressed this prayer: “I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my ‘thorn’. . . Teach me the glory of my cross; teach me the value of my ‘thorn.’ Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbow.” I know that it is not an easy thing to praise God in our afflictions, but it is the ultimate level of praise expected of a true believer. Job praise God in his affliction, “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:20-21) To turn pain to praise and sorrow to song requires a spiritual understanding and faithful mindedness that the presence of God is with us even in our afflictions.
N—Never compromise and yield to the advances of enemy. All the advances of enemy are intended to de-focus you so that you can be hindered. Therefore, “abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) A barking dog only purses anyone that runs from it. In addition if you try to tickle anyone and the person is not sensitive to it and does not respond to the tickling, certainly you will leave him alone. When Satan makes evil advances to tempt man, it is expecting a reaction. It is creating attention with series of temptations. It is testing your level of tolerance. If you do not yield to his advances, the enemy will certainly be defeated
O—Observe the precepts of righteousness and practice them. The book of (Jeremiah 6:16a NIV) says, “Stand at the crossroad and look: ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good ways is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls …” (Jeremiah 6:16) Stephen prayed for his persecutors. (Act 7:60) The last principle is that, when the need arises, you should not withhold the heart of compassion, even towards an enemy. We can see the example of this when David and his company were pursuing the Amalekites, a dying enemy was found in the battlefield and brought to David. David commanded that the man be fed and be offered water to drink. “Now his men found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David. They gave the man water to drink and food to eat—a piece of a fig cake and two clusters of raisins. So he ate and was revived, for he had not had any food or water for three days and three nights.” (1 Samuel 30:11-12) David showed kindness to the sick Egyptian who came along with the Amalekites that evaded Ziglag, the rescued enemy eventually led David and his men to their victory.
R—Remind the pursuing enemy about his limitations in line with the word of God. When Satan tempted Jesus Christ to turn the stone to become bread if He is the Son of God, Jesus answered the devil, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone.” (Luke 4:4) Jesus Christ was reminding the devil about his limitation in line with the word of God in the book of Deuteronomy 8:3. When again this devilish agent tempted Him to bow down to worship him in exchange for the wealth and power of the whole world, Jesus Christ answered, “It is written, Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only,” once again reminding Satan about his limitations as revealed from the book of Deuteronomy 8:13. Put enemy of man to his limitation through the power of the word of God.
E—Execute judgment against the pursuing enemy. Place the enemy in its place where it rightly belongs. Remember that Jesus said to Satan, “Get thee behind me Satan.” (Matthew 4:10) Bind the enemy according the word of God— “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) “That at the name of Jesus Christ every knees should bow, of the those in heaven, and of the those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11) “Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (II Corinthians 10:5)
When you choose to look unto the Creator instead of Satan, the fallen creature, when you wholeheartedly trust in the efficacy of the power of the word of God “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” (Proverbs 3:5-6) instead of the misleading suggestions of the tempter. When your faith pleases the Father, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) If you have come to His holy mountain with clean hands and pure heart, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3-5) And by the time you apply the last step of “IGNORE” acronym against Satan, he must have packed his bag and baggage and flee from you in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer: O Lord God Almighty my Defender and my Protector, I know that you are my Deliverer. Please Merciful Father, endow me with Your divine ability to truly ‘ignore’ my enemy and totally focus all my attention unto You and totally concentrated on and depend on the efficacy of Your word and empowerment in Jesus name, Amen.