Too often as we find ourselves battling Satan, we simply fail to resist him.  While he's always looking for the perfect opportunity to tempt you and me with something attractive, something seemingly irresistible, he only wins when we play his game. 

So the first principle is this: 

We must submit to God, and we must resist the devil, or we are sure to fail. Satan has his eyes fixed squarely on you. He has you in his sights. In fact, you may feel that you're always under attack. And you may feel like you are constantly failing in the battle. Here is my challenge to you:

Submit to God...and resist the devil. Make that your habit.

Now, if you feel like you are constantly failing, don't worry - the greatest heroes of the Scriptures lost great battles against Satan. Just keep fighting...keep submitting to God and resisting the devil.

Now, on the other hand, you may be riding high in spiritual prosperity. You may feel bulletproof. Don't be misled by victory - Satan has a strategic plan to bring you down. The secret for victory is to understand that plan.

As you read Scripture, you begin to understand that Satan's strategy is to attack in any one of four basic areas: your body, your mind, your conscience, and your will. 

As you gain a better understanding of his tactics, you will be more perceptive of how he attacks...and be able to win as you trust Christ for the victory.

My challenge to you is to make every day a day of victory...over Satan and for the glory of God! And remember, victory begins with SUBMITTING to God and RESISTING the devil!

Ed Young is the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June of 1992 and again in June, 1993. Young is author of many books including Against all Odds, Romancing the Home, Pure Sex and Everywhere I Go. His broadcast ministry, The Winning Walk, began in June of 1989. This ministry is seen and heard across North America and on OnePlace.com