RESPONSE TO SATAN
Saturday, October 21, 2017
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“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Whether we believe it or not, we are all caught up in this cosmic scene of warfare. The rebellion that took place in heaven and was unleashed on earth is as real a battle as the physical wars taking place today. Though Satan has already been defeated, he and his network of demons are still battling fiercely for our souls.

There are three things Scripture teaches us in how to respond to Satan. The first may be surprising, but we are to respect the devil. The Book of Jude, verse 9 says, “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’” We have no insight into this dispute, but it did give birth to the well-known adage, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” Satan cannot be dealt with lightly, and we are not at liberty to dispel him from any situation. As in the case of Job, we must respect the dark side as permitted by God, which always works toward our spiritual growth, but it is up to the Lord to rebuke him.

The second way we are to respond to the devil is to resist him. 1 Peter 5:9 says, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith,” and James 4:7, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” For 40 days and nights in the wilderness with the devil on His back, Jesus resisted him with the Word of God, which is the sword by which we defend. If we are going to steel ourselves against satanic attack, we need to know the Bible and what God has to say in response to temptation. Paul warns, “Do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:7). Even a casual reading of our horoscopes or fortune telling can open doors to demonic influence.

Thirdly, we are to be in readiness. Paul writes, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God and take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11). This is not human activity, but is realizing our strength in the battle comes from the Lord. We are not called to take on Satan with aggressive strategy, but to stand firm in the Lord, a defensive strategy. As hard as it is to fit into our theology, Satan still retains a heavenly status, and communes with God, occasionally appearing before Him to give account. There is no question God has Satan’s days numbered, but is giving time for more and more souls to come to the cross of Christ where Satan was defeated.

PRAYER: I pray, Lord, that I will always stand firm in You and that many more souls will overcome the lures of Satan by coming in humble repentance to the cross. Thank You, Jesus.


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