walk in the word
Reassurance of Faith, Spiritual Life
“The Lord is faithful. He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3
Military strategists will tell you that learning the truth about your enemy is a critical factor in winning battles. As followers of Christ, we have an enemy that seeks to destroy us, but as we are learning this week on the broadcast, Jesus has already won the war. We are “In It to Win It,” as our series title describes.
Today, let’s add some ammunition to our spiritual warfare arsenal by blowing up some of Satan’s most calculated lies about himself.
#1 Satan has limitations. Don’t think that the enemy of our souls can get access to you any time he wants or do anything he feels like doing. The Bible doesn’t teach that. It’s important for us to remember, as the followers of Jesus Christ, that God has put limits on the enemy.
In my small group we’ve been memorizing the great promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, He will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able.” When the enemy whispers in your ear, “Give in—you can’t win.” Say back to him, “That is a lie.” (Remember “Liar” is another of his names.) God says there’s nothing that you will face that you can’t have victory over. He wouldn’t allow it. He only allows you to be tempted to the point where you can win. God allows the struggle to go on so that we can draw down upon His strength and live in victory.
#2 Satan is not omni-anything. He doesn’t know everything (he’s not omniscient.) Satan doesn’t know what you’re thinking. Only God knows your thoughts. He’s also not everywhere like God (he’s not omnipresent). He can’t do everything or anything (he’s not omnipotent), but can only do what God allows.
#3 Satan is the defeated enemy. Revelation 20 makes very clear Satan’s ultimate end in the lake of fire. Satan has already lost the fight—it’s just a matter of time. Jesus took the fire out of Satan’s battle plans at the Cross. Colossians 2:15 says, “Jesus disarmed rulers and authorities in the spiritual realm, triumphing over them in the cross.” I love that! Satan must have thought, “If I get Him up on the cross, it’s over.” But wait a second—He’s alive again! The greatest victory of all time is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His victory guarantees our victory in the spiritual war of the ages.
So here are two things to think about this week. #1 Know the truth about your enemy. And an even greater formula for success is, #2: Know your God and His Word. When you do, you’ll know how to win each battle in the streets and in your home every day of your life.
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