“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” —1 John 4:4
It is wonderful to know that the devil is subject to God’s authority. So whenever I sense a satanic attack, I think, Well, that’s interesting. But God knows I can take it.
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:3 NKJV
The devil can go so far, but only so far you allowed him in your life. I have discovered too that the devil always attacks people in an area of weakness. But this enables me to strengthen that area, so that the next time around he can’t attack me in that place. I grow in grace because the devil attacks, even though satanic attacks are no fun.
Learn the secret that every satanic attack is with God’s permission and has a purpose. Do you know what Job learned at the very end? It is so thrilling. Job said to the Lord, “I know that … no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2, emphasis added). Indeed, no purpose of God can be threatened because God is more powerful than the devil.
There is never emancipation without conflict. But it is always within the scope of God’s permission. Another thing about the devil is that he is the accuser. You see, the devil will come along and accuse you, and he does this because you did the right thing. The devil wants you to feel stupid. Furthermore, the devil is a liar. Joshua the priest was justified by God, upon Satan’s accusation. “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord , and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”
Zechariah 3:1-2 NKJV
He will always lie to you. The devil will always make you think that you have done the most foolish thing by following Jesus Christ. This is the way he works. He always makes you think you have done something stupid.
The devil uses a close relationship to get at you. You would not have thought that the particular person that the devil will use would ever be capable of what they say or do to you. He will play upon the weakness of somebody you trust.
The devil will use that to discourage you. I tell you something that we are all learning: we must put our trust in Jesus Christ alone, because even the best of God’s people, and sometimes those closest to us, will disappoint us sooner or later. Luke 10:19 says it all..
“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 10:19NKJV
We have authority over satan by the Blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:11).
We have authority over satan by the Word of God, Joshua 1:8-9. Speak it, you shall say a thing and it will come to pass.
We have authority over satan by the Name of Jesus Christ… “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV
“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
“Proverbs 18:10 NKJV