‘You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ John 8:32 NKJV
Satan is a deceiver, but Jesus is a revealer. So any time you bring Jesus into the situation, Satan is unmasked and his plans for your life are exposed and foiled. Satan is referred to in Scripture as ‘darkness’ and Jesus as ‘light’. (Acts 26:18) The moment the light moves in, the darkness has to move out. So your first priority is not to conquer Satan, but to move closer to Jesus; to line up your will and your word with His will and His Word. Instead of just lying down, taking it, and saying, ‘I guess there’s nothing I can do about this,’ rise up in faith and say, ‘Satan, it is written…’ Faced with a level of temptation none of us will ever be exposed to, that’s what Jesus did to Satan in the wilderness. The Bible says, ‘Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.’ (Matthew 4:11 NKJV)
In recent years we’ve witnessed bankers and brokers take people’s money, lose it, then later come back and say, ‘Here’s another good plan; invest in it.’ But now we know better, don’t we? We no longer believe an investment is good just because somebody says so. Don’t miss the spiritual analogy here. When you know the truth of God’s Word and you use it as a weapon, Satan’s walls crumble, his plans for you come un-glued, and his schemes fall apart. When you understand who you are ‘in Christ’, you are more than a match for the devil and he can no longer control your life.
SoulFood: 1 Chron 12:23-15:29, Luke 17:20-37, Ps 119:137-144, Pr 18:22-24
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012