God Vs Satan – Does Satan Have Power Over You?
For many who do not know what the Scriptures have to say about God vs Satan and how Satan came to be the enemy of God and man, great confusion and misunderstanding surround the devil, and whether or not he has any power over men today. The answer to that question is that Satan has no power over us that we don’t give him. However, before Jesus came to the earth, the devil’s power over men the human race was great, because he was the legal, though malevolent spiritual father of the human race. The Bible refers to him as “The Prince of the power of the air.” (Ephesians 2:2) But Jesus made very clear that His purpose in coming to earth was to forever end Satan’s reign of tyranny over the human race.
Should We Be Afraid Of The Devil?
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
Jesus referred to the devil as a thief who has only three goals in his dealings with humanity. Jesus said
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Since Jesus defeated him by dieing on the cross in our place, the only power the devil has over us is the power of a lie. However, every time we entertain his lies, we empower him to come into the circumstances of our lives and reek havoc. But Jesus won for us the authority over the devil, so that his power over us has been reduced to only what we allow it to be. The following scriptures make it clear that the devil’s power over us has been decimated.
“[God] disarmed the principalities and powers ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him (Christ) and in it [the cross]. (Colossians 2:15 Amplified Bible).
Thank the Father because you are privileged to share the lot of the saints who are living in the light. For he rescued us from the power of darkness, and re-established us in the kingdom of his beloved Son. (Colossians 1:12,13 Phillips Modern English)
“Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and (physical and mental strength and ability) over all the power that the enemy [possesses], and no thing shall in any way harm you. (Luke 10:19 Amplified Bible)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
We must always remember that God does not expect us to contend with the devil for a place of victory, because Jesus has already won that battle for us; a battle that we had no chance of winning on our own. But God does expect us to contend with the devil from our position of victory. We have the power to either give the devil license in our circumstances by submitting to sin, or cause him to flee from us by resisting his attempts at getting us to cross the line into sin.
Copyright 2013 – V.P. Valentino, Manorville, NY 11949