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What mistaken ideas will come from underestimating or overestimating Satan's power?



Why is God's grace and power the only hope and expectation of the true Christian?







 

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

- II Corinthians 2:11

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith.

- I Peter 5:8-9a

 

Although Satan is a mighty and determined enemy of God, of His work and people, Scripture informs us that Satan's power is limited. Satan is not almighty, all-knowing, or everywhere-present. God is. He may only act within the limits of God's permission. Through Jesus, Satan is also a defeated enemy. He knows what his final punishment will be - to suffer in hell forever.

By nature, we all serve self, sin, and world. By doing so, we all are slaves of Satan, for he is king of these things. He desires to keep us busy and trapped in them. Satan knows that the wages of sin is death. He is heading for eternal death in hell, and with hellish hatred, he wants as many as possible to suffer with him.

But God is almighty and wonderfully gracious. God can free us from our willful slavery to Satan. He can plant true faith, hope, and love in our hearts and turn us from death to life; from Satan to God; and from the love of self, sin, and world to the love of God and others.

Those who have been regenerated by God, experience, to a lesser or greater degree, the enmity of Satan. The true Christian is instructed to not remain ignorant of Satan's devices; to be watchful and diligent; to resist him; to put on the armor God has provided; and to fight against Satan.

While all God's children will experience that this is not possible in their own strength, they are to battle through faith in Jesus Christ. Their strength lies in their Savior alone. The apostle Paul testified, "I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).


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