Defeating your Adversary, the Devil
Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a
Every Christian has an enemy. Although unseen by the natural eye,
this adversary is not imaginary nor a mythological character. Satan, the Devil, is a real
person... a spirit being, with intelligence, tangible characteristics, and whose incessant
goal and ambition is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
Around the clock the enemy is on the prowl, seeking to cause mayhem
and destruction to all believers and the work of Jesus Christ throughout the world. With
military-like strategy and ruthless hostility, the devil aggressively searches for
weakness in our faith and spiritual life, hoping to devour us with deception, temptation,
or oppression. He is the personification of all that is evil and is the author of every
Regardless of whether you realize it, Satan has targeted you as a
victim. He knows your name and address, your strengths and weaknesses. Somewhere in the
shadows, he and his forces lurk, waiting, planing for the moment they will strike when
youre caught off-guard. He desperately hopes that you will, as many Christians,
remain ignorant of his reality so that youll blame his assaults on somebody or
His method of operation is almost always undercover.
Subtly, he manipulates hindering circumstances and inspires evil thoughts or temptations,
disguising his activities behind the shroud of people or things. He will always seek to
divert attention and blame for his actions upon others. But make no mistake, he is the
real enemy, not your husband, wife, employer, government or Christian brethren! For
we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in
the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).
Satan has no Rightful Authority over Believers
The good news is that, although the Devil is described
like a roaring lion, in reality he has no actual authority over
believers. He is not really a lion, but roars like a lion would to bluff his
victims into fear and intimidation. Satan is a liar and deceiver and uses deception as his
weapon to gain advantage over those who are ignorant of the limitations of his power.
When Jesus gave his life on the cross as the sacrifice for the sins
of the world, He also redeemed us from Satans power and dominion over us.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them,
triumphing over them in it (Col. 2:15). ...For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Praise God!
Satan is already a defeated enemy! His legal authority was neutralized by the finished
work of Christ on the cross.
Every Believer has Authority over Satan
So if Satan is already defeated, why then is he still able to cause
trouble? Because, even though Christ broke Satans legal power, the Lord has left it
up to us to enforce the Devils defeated condition. It's our
responsibility to use the authority that Christ has given us to put Satan in his place.
As a believer, you need not fear Satan, but realize and exercise the
authority which God has given you over the Devil. Every person whose name has been
recorded in the Lambs Book of Life (all those who are saved) have been
given authority over the power of the Devil. Behold, I give you the authority to
trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall
by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).
You have the right to use the authority of the name of Jesus to
repel and drive Satan out of your territory and to break his grip over spiritual
strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4). When you recognize Satans activity and covert operations,
take authority over him in the name of Jesus! Just as Jesus and the early apostles did,
command Satan to leave (Mark 16:17).
The Devil hates the name of Jesus and detests an atmosphere of
praise and worship which exalts the name of Jesus. Christ said, For where two or
three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them (Matt.
18:20). Be assured, the presence of Christ will expel the presence of Satan. Lifting up
Jesus in praise will send the Devil running!
Slam the Door on the Devil
The name of Jesus will drive Satan away. But it would be futile to
order Satans departure if we leave the door wide open for him to flourish. The Bible
tells us to not give place for the Devil (Eph. 4:27). That is, provide no area
of your life where Satan can be comfortable or establish strongholds.
The enemy can always be found working in those who entertain sin,
disobedience, rebellion or a self-willed nature. Unforgiveness toward others is another
area which Satan flourishes (2 Cor. 2:11). Furthermore, any area of your life which is not
submitted to God is considered open territory to the Devil, and he has the right to bring
his expanding influence to those areas.
This is why the scripture says, ...submit to God. Resist the
devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). The only way to actually resist Satan
is to submit yourself fully to God. This was what Jesus was referring to when He said,
...the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me (John 14:30).
Jesus had submitted himself to God, and although the Devil would try Him, there was
nothing for the Devil to use to gain an advantage.
Rejoice Christian! God is in you, and YOU have been given power over the Devil! By submitting to God, and exercising your authority in the name of Jesus, you are more powerful than the enemy. ...He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).