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OVERCOMING SATAN

For some have already strayed after Satan. (1 Timothy 5:15 ESV)

Not only are you fighting against normal human problems, but you now have engaged in war with Satan and demons and sin itself. (John MacArthur)

Many no longer believe in Satan. They think that he is the product of the uneducated, superstitious mind. The Scriptures are largely ignored concerning Satan and his minions in our current free-thinking culture. We look at evil with enlightened eyes and see a disease which only needs the right medicine to cure it.

Evil thrives on being unacknowledged. It separates man from God. It is an unrelenting malevolence against mankind. This is a spiritual battle on a cosmic scale and most are blind to its existence. (2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV) How is the master of evil overcome? James, the brother of our Lord Jesus Christ, writes:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. (James 4:7 ESV)

Satan is defeated by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit of God. You must trust in God. James goes on to say:

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 ESV)

Submitting the lordship of your life to Jesus Christ will enable you to resist Satan’s influence. However:

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 ESV)

Thus, we continue resisting him by remaining firm in the faith and understanding that all within the fellowship of Christ suffer similar afflictions from the evil one. Do not live as those unbelievers whose minds have been blinded to the gospel light by Satan’s power over them. Those who practice sin are of the evil one, but Jesus Christ came to destroy the devil’s works. (1 John 3:8 ESV)

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
(A mighty Fortress is our God, MartinLuther)

 

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