Defeating your Adversary, the Devil

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Every Christian has an enemy.

Although unseen by the natural eye, this adversary is not imaginary nor a mythological character. Satan, the Devil, is a real person... a spirit being, with intelligence, tangible characteristics, and whose incessant goal and ambition is to steal, kill, and destroy

If you are feeling weak, alone and helpless and you have cut yourself off from other believers then you have set yourself up for satan to slither in.

Even though it is hard sometimes to keep our eyes focused on the Word of God, don't halt the movement of the Holy Spirit. Don't isolate yourselves from those friends in Christ. Those friends can lift you up in prayer and give you words of encouragement. God could very well use that friend to help you.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.

With military-like strategy and ruthless hostility, the devil aggressively searches for weakness in our faith and spiritual life, hoping to devour us with deception, temptation, or oppression.

Regardless of whether you realize it, Satan has targeted you as a victim. He knows your strengths and weaknesses. Somewhere in the shadows, he and his forces lurk, waiting, planning for the moment they will strike when you're caught off-guard. He desperately hopes that you will, as many Christians, remain ignorant of his reality so that you'll blame his assaults on somebody or something else. But make no mistake, he is the real enemy, not your husband, wife, employer, or Christian neighbor! Ephesians 6:12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The good news is that, although the Devil is described like a roaring lion, in reality he has no actual authority over believers. He is not really a lion, but roars like a lion would to bluff his victims into fear and intimidation. When Jesus gave his life on the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world, He also redeemed us from Satan's power and dominion over us.

Col. 2:15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

1 John 3:8 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil

Praise God! Satan is already a defeated enemy! His legal authority was neutralized by the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Every Believer has Authority over Satan! So if Satan is already defeated, why then is he still able to cause trouble? As a believer, you need not fear Satan, but realize and exercise the authority which God has given you over the Devil. Every person whose name has been recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life (all those who are saved) have been given authority over the power of the Devil.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you

2 Cor. 10:4 The weapons we fight with are NOT of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

Take a look at that verse; we have the weapons…ummmm now look at all that we have, the Word of God (the Bible), we have the Armor of God, which we are called to put it on everyday. With all these weapons that we have, lets first prepare for the battles, and then lets go ahead in FAITH!

Matt. 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them (Matt. 18:20).

The Devil hates the name of Jesus and detests an atmosphere of praise and worship which exalts the name of Jesus. Be assured, the presence of Christ will expel the presence of Satan. Lifting up Jesus in praise will send the Devil running! Slam the Door on the Devil! Eph. 4:27and do NOT give the devil a foothold

The name of Jesus will drive Satan away. But it would be futile to order Satan's departure if we leave the door wide open for him to flourish. The Bible tells us to not give place for the Devil That is, provide no area of your life where Satan can be comfortable or establish strongholds. The enemy can always be found working in those who entertain sin, disobedience, rebellion or a self-willed nature.

Unforgiveness toward others is another area which Satan flourishes . Furthermore, any area of your life, which is not submitted to God, is considered open territory to the Devil, and he has the right to bring his expanding influence to those areas.

This is why the scripture says, ...submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The only way to actually resist Satan is to submit yourself fully to God. This was what Jesus was referring to when He said, ...the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me

Rejoice Saints! God is in you, and YOU have been given power over the Devil! By submitting to God, and exercising your authority in the name of Jesus, Jesus is much more powerful than the enemy. ...He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world 1 John 4:4