September 27th 2009

Satan

“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

Some Christians are afraid of Satan. The truth is, however, that Satan has no power over us and we have no reason to be afraid of him.

Paul wrote in Colossians 1:13, We have been rescued “from the dominion of darkness and brought … into the kingdom of the Son he loves.”

Hebrews 2:14 tells us, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil…”

Because we are allied with Christ, we can be confident, as Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:18, that “the Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.”

So what should we do? Peter goes on to say in verses 9 and 10: “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

The strategy is simple: resist. How? By faith!

The Bible does not prescribe any secret words or rituals, special anointing or prayer formulas. We do not have to learn special names or go on special walks.

Neither Jesus nor the apostles went searching for demons to rout. They expelled demons when the problem was unavoidable, but they did not search for hidden demons or territorial spirits. Going after demons is not the key to spiritual growth or effective evangelism.

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you,” James 4:7 tells us. And in 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Paul wrote: “…the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”

It’s that simple. When we trust God, the devil has no foothold. Christ keeps us safe. When we trust in Jesus and resist the devil, evil spirits cannot harm us.

Prayer

Thank you, Father, that Jesus Christ is faithful and that he protects me from the evil one.

Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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