Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Measure of satan’s Power

How much power does the devil have over us? All satan has is lies and accusations. He has no real power or authority over us, and we do not have to submit to him. The only power he can have over us is if we swallow his deceit. The New Testament addresses this in a number of ways.
  • Paul counsels Christians to forgive, lest we be outsmarted by the devil and his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). When we are unwilling to forgive others, we leave ourselves open to believe his lies about God's willingness to forgive us.
  • Paul also tells us not to give place to the devil, so it must be possible to give place to him in our lives (Ephesians 4:27). And if we leave him an open door, I doubt he will pass by without stepping inside to do some damage.
  • Paul also tells us that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). If we are not walking in the power, love and sound mind of the Holy Spirit, we leave ourselves open to the fearful whispers of the enemy. Kenneth Copeland says that worry is nothing more than meditating on the lies of the devil.
  • James tells us to resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7). So it must also be possible for us to not resist the devil, in which case, he will not flee.
  • Peter tells us to be alert and watchful, because our adversary the devil (the Greek word for “devil” means false accuser or slanderer) is walking about looking for people to devour (1 Peter 5:11). So if we are not paying attention to the promises of God, we might fall for the slanders of the enemy.
  • Paul declares that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, satan no longer has any power or authority over you — except what you allow him to have.