God vs Satan

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

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