As the divine son of God, Jesus was sent into the world to deliver us from sin and death. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, Satan tried whatever he could, hoping to turn Jesus away from God’s work. Satan, while evil, is not stupid. He knew Jesus was sent to deliver us from his power.
Just as he attempted to derail Jesus from carrying out God’s work, the enemy is trying the same thing with us daily. He wants to drive us away from God – and he’s good at doing just that – look at the world today. Satan has declared war on the Father, His Church and all of His followers.
“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” – John 14:30. (This takes place near the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry).
Scripture tells us the enemy walks around seeking whom he may devour. Satan will mislead and deceive in an array of ways, showing up in ways you will never expect. He can even come as an angel of light, making people think what’s happening is from God.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10
The devil comes with the worst of intentions, constantly seeking a way to enter our lives in some capacity. The greatest protection against the enemy’s lies is the Word of God. Some of my favorite scriptures are the shortest ones – so much can be said with so little words. Check out the following verse from the Book of James.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7.
By placing God first in your life (knowing His Word included), you walk in His protection, wisdom, grace and favor. I can recall my grandfather saying, if you think negative, negative things will happen. This principle is true when you acknowledge God. Declaring His goodness is crippling for Satan. However, always talking about an issue, words of doubt, etc. can have the opposite effect. Satan views that as opening, and before you know it, often without even realizing it, he has access in your life.
In Ephesians 4:27, Paul wrote “Neither give place to the devil.” Again, we see another short verse that carries so much impact. This was not a suggestion from Paul – it was a command. He is warning us to stay alert, don’t allow any opening for Satan to enter in your life. When you give place to the devil you take yourself out of the will of God.
So what does “place” mean? In this verse, place can be identified as any spot your life – habits, thoughts, relationships, etc. Whatever it is, the devil will seek a particular area in your life and look for that opening. Don’t let him in!
If you are struggling today, and maybe you feel like Satan has already found a way in your life, that doesn’t mean you are defeated. Remember, you have the ultimate weapon – God’s Word. Use His Word and the power of Jesus’ name and watch him flee.