Overcoming the Devil


"We are not ignorant of his devices." (2Cor.2:11)


1. Where did the devil come from?

A. God created the devil:

                Pro.16:4  The Lord hath made all things...even the wicked

                Isa.45:7   I form the light, & darkness...& create evil: I the Lord do all these things

                Ezk.28:14,15           Anointed cherub...from the day thou wast created

                Jn.1:3      All things were made by Him (Jesus)

                Col.1:16  By Him (Jesus) were all things created

B. The devil's fall through pride:

                Isa.14:12-15           Thou hast said...I will be like the most High

                Ezk.28:13-17           Thine heart wast lifted up because of thy beauty

                1Tim.3:6 Lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the (same) condemnation of (judgement as) the devil


2. The devil is under God's control & restrictions:

A. Satan could only afflict Job as God permitted:

                Job 1:6-12              All he hath is in thy power; only on him put not...hand

                Job 2:1-7                He is in thine hand; but save his life

B. God rules over the entire world:

                Dan.4:17 The most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, & giveth it to whomsoever He will

                Dan.4:34,35            He doeth according to His will...& none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?

                Psa.24:1  The earth is the Lord's (See also Acts 17:24)

                Psa.89:11                The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine

                Job 41:11                Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is Mine

C. But, within limitations, He allows the devil to rule it:

                Jer.27:5   I (God) have made the earth...& have given it to whom it seemed meet (appropriate) unto Me

                Lk.4:5,6   All the kingdoms of the world...all this power & the glory of them...is delivered unto me (Satan)

                Jn.12:31  The prince of this world (See also Jn.14:30; 16:11.)

                2Cor.4:4  The god of this world

                Eph.2:2   Prince of the power of the air

D. The devil rules over the fallen angels:

                (See Mat.12:24; Lk.11:15; Rev.12:3,4,7-9.)


3. Victory over the devil:

A. God's power is much greater than the devil's:

                1Jn.4:4    Greater is He (Jesus) that is in you than he (the devil) that is in the world

                Lk.10:17  The devils are subject unto us through Thy name

                Lk.10:19  I give unto you power..over all the power of the enemy: & nothing shall...hurt you

                Phi.2:9-11               At the name of Jesus every knee should bow

                Jam.2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; the devils also believe, & tremble

                (See also Zech.3:2; Jude 9.)

B. Jesus defeated the devil:

                1Jn.3:8    The Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil

                Heb.2:14 Through death He (destroyed) him that had the power of death, that is, the devil

                Col.2:15  Spoiling principalities & powers...triumphing over them

                Lk.10:18  I saw Satan fall as lightning from Heaven

C. Jesus' power to exorcise (cast out) demons:

                Mat.8:16 He cast out the (devils) with His Word

                Mat.9:32,33            When the devil was cast out, the dumb spake

                Mat.12:22               One possessed with a devil...& (Jesus) healed him

                Mat.12:28               I cast out devils by the Spirit of God

                Mk.1:34,39             He cast out many devils; & suffered not (did not allow) the devils to speak

                Lk.4:33-36              With authority & power He commandeth unclean spirits

                Lk.9:42    Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, & healed the child

                Lk.8:27-33              [Jesus rebuked Legion; the devils went into the herd of swine] (See also Mk.5:1-15 )

                Acts 10:38             Jesus...(healed) all that were oppressed of the devil

                (See also Mk.1:23-17; 7:25-30; 9:17-27.)

D. Jesus gave His disciples power over the devil:

                Mat.10:1 He gave them (His disciples) power against unclean spirits, to cast them out

                Lk.9:1      He...gave them power & authority over all devils

                Acts 5:16               There came [to the disciples] them which were vexed with unclean spirits: & they were healed every one

                Rom.16:20              The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet

                (See also Acts 8:6,7; 19:11,12; 26:17,18.)

E. Jesus gives all believers power over the devil--including you:

                Mk.16:17                These signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils

                Lk.9:49,50               We saw one casting out devils in Thy name [It wasn't only the apostles who had this power]

                Jn.14:12  He that believeth on Me, the works I do shall he do also

                1Jn.2:14b                The Word of God abideth in you & ye have overcome the wicked one


4. The spiritual warfare:

A. Our war against the devil:

                2Cor.10:3-5            The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God

                Eph.6:10,11            Be strong...put on armour...stand against the devil

                Eph.6:12,13            We wrestle...against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness...withstand

                (See also 1Sam.16:23; Rev.12:7,17.)

B. Be on guard against & resist & defy the devil:

                1Pet.5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walketh about, seeking whom he may devour

                1Pet.5:9  Resist (the devil) stedfast in the faith

                Eph.4:27 Neither give place to the devil

                Mat.4:10 Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only

                Mk.8:33  Get thee behind [away from] me, Satan

C. Promises to claim when fighting & overcoming the devil:

                Isa.59:19b              When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him

                Mat.16:19               Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound

                Lk.10:19  I give unto you power...over all the power of enemy

                Rom.16:20              The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet

                Jam.4:7   Resist the devil, & he will flee from you

                1Jn.2:14  Ye are strong, & the Word of God abideth in you, & ye have overcome the wicked one

                1Jn.4:4    Greater is He (Jesus) that is in you, than he (the devil) that is in the world

D. Be prepared for battle when confronting the devil:

                Mat.12:29               How can one enter into a strong man's house...except he first bind the strong man?

                Mk.9:29  This kind can come forth (only) by prayer & fasting

                Acts 19:13-17        [Seven sons of Sceva attempted exorcism without being full of Jesus themselves, & met disastrous results]

E. United prayer for deliverance of the oppressed:

                Mat.18:19,20          If two of you shall agree...ask, it shall be done

                Eccl.4:9-12             Two are better than one

F. They must get filled up with Jesus & Word once they're delivered; or they may end up worse than they were at first:

                Lk.11:24-26            Unclean spirit, gone out of a man [returns to him, finds him empty, & re-enters with 7 other spirits]

                (See also Mat.12:43-45a)


5. The devil's devices:

A. Don't be ignorant of the devil's devices:

                Gen.3:1a The serpent was more subtil than any beast

                2Cor.2:11                Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices

                Eph.6:11 Stand against the wiles of the devil

B. The devil is a liar & deceiver:

                Gen.3:1b [Creates doubt of Word:] Yea, hath God said?

                Jn.8:44b  For he is a liar, and the father of it

                Acts 5:1-4              Satan filled...heart to lie to the Holy Ghost

                2Cor.11:3                As serpent beguiled Eve...so your minds be corrupted

                2Cor.11:13,14         Satan...transformed into an angel of light (See also 2Thes.2:9-11)

                1Jn.4:1,3 Beloved, believe not every spirit (See also 1Tim.4:1.)

                Rev.12:9 The devil, Satan, which deceiveth the whole world

C. The devil tries to turn men from salvation:

                Mk.4:15  When they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, & taketh away the Word (See Mat.13:19; Lk.8:12.)

                Acts 13:8,10          Elymas...child of the devil (sought) to turn away the deputy from the faith

                2Cor.4:4  The (devil) hath blinded the minds of (unbelievers) lest light of the gospel...should shine unto them

D. "The hinderer":

                Zech.3:1 Satan standing at his right hand to resist him

                1Thes.2:18             We would have come...but Satan hindered us

E. Specific "devices" to be on guard against:

                Mat.16:21-23         [Leads men to contradict & doubt truth. Ex. of Peter]

                Jn.13:2    Devil, having put into the heart of Judas...to betray

                Acts 13:10             Child of devil...not (ceasing) to pervert right ways

                1Cor.14:33              For God is not the author of confusion

                Col.1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness

                2Tim.1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear

                1Jn.3:10  [Hatred:] Children of devil...loveth not his brother


6. Accuser & tempter:

A. Satan tempts men to sin:

                (See Gen.3:1-6; 1Chr.21:1-3,7,8; Mat.4:3-9; 1Cor.7:5; Lk.4:1-13)

B. The devil is the accuser, like a prosecuting attorney:

                Rev.12:10               The accuser of our brethren...which accused them before our God day & night

                Job 1:6    The sons of God came....before the Lord, & Satan came also [Note: "Satan" means "accuser"]

C. Jesus is our advocate, like a defense attorney:

                1Jn.2:1    If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous

                Rom.8:34                Who is he that condemneth? Christ...at the right hand of God, maketh intercession for us

                Heb.9:24 Christ is...entered...into Heaven, to appear in the presence of God for us (See also 1Tim.2:5)


7. The devil is a destroyer:

A. He causes bondage, snares & oppression:

                (See Lk.8:29b; Acts 10:38; Rom.8:15; 1Tim.3:7; 2Tim.2:26 .)

B. Disease:

                (See Job 2:7; Lk.13:11,12,16; 2Cor.12:7 .)

C. And destruction:

                (See Jn.8:44a; Heb.2:14; 1Pet.5:8,9 .)

D. God sometimes uses the devil to punish the disobedient:

                (See 1Sam.16:14; 1Cor.5:5; 1Tim.1:20.)

E. Satan seeks to subvert the saints:

                Job 1:8-11              Doth Job fear God for nought? Put forth Thine hand

                Job 2:3-5                Put forth Thine hand...& he will curse Thee

                Lk.22:31  Satan hath desired to...sift thee as wheat


8. Judgment of the devil & his demons, & final end:

A. Some are bound, awaiting judgement:

                2Pet.2:4  Angels that sinned...into chains of darkness

                Jude 6     Reserved in everlasting chains unto judgment

B. Apparently most are still loose, their time not yet come:

                Mat.8:28,29            Art Thou come hither to torment us before the time?

C. Devil not yet cast out of Heaven; has access to throne:

                Job 1:6; 2:1            Sons of God...before God, & Satan among them

                Rev.12:10               Which accused them before God day & night

                Rev.12:7-9, 13,14   [The devil completely cast out of Heaven at the beginning of the last 3-1/2 years, in the time of the end]

D. Devil will be bound 1,000 years in God's prison:

                Rev.20:1-3,7, 10     [Satan bound 1,000 years, afterward released for a short time before being thrown into lake of fire]

E. Devil & his demons finally thrown into lake of fire:

                Mat.25:41               Everlasting fire prepared for devil & his angels

                Rev.20:10               The devil was cast into the lake of fire & brimstone


9. Your armour & weaponry to defeat the devil:

A. Your spiritual armour:

                Eph.6:11,13            Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

                Rom.13:12              Let us cast off the works of darkness, & let us put on the armour of light

                2Cor.6:7  The armour of righteousness on the right hand & on the left

B. Your mighty shield:

                Eph.6:16 Take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked

                Psa.91:4  His truth shall be thy shield & buckler

                Psa.3:3    Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me (See also Psa.28:7; 33:20; 115:9; 144:2; Pro.30:5.)

C. Your invincible sword of the Spirit:

                Eph.6:17 Take...the sword of the Spirit...the Word of God

                Heb.4:12 The Word of God is...quick (alive) & powerful, & sharper than any two-edged sword

D. Your breastplate:

                Eph.6:14 Stand...having on the breastplate of righteousness (See also Isa.59:17)

                1Thes.5:8               Let us...put on the breastplate of faith & love

E. Your impenetrable helmet:

                Eph.6:17 Take the helmet of salvation

                1Thes.5:8               Let us...put on for an helmet, the hope of salvation


10. Power, freedom & deliverance from the devil's darkness:

A. God gives us overcoming power:

                Lk.10:19  I give you power over all the power of the enemy

                Eph.3:16 That He would grant you...to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man

                2Tim.1:7 God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, & of love, & of a sound mind

B. Freedom from the devil's snares & bondage:

                Psa.91:3  He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler

                Psa.124:7                Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, & we are escaped

                Pro.14:27                Fear of the Lord [helps] depart from snares of death

                2Cor.3:17                Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty

                2Tim.2:25,26          Acknowledging of the truth...that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil

C. Delivered into God's glorious Kingdom of light:

                Acts 26:18             Open their eyes...turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto God

                Col.1:12,13             Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness... partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light

D. The devil cannot separate us from God:

                Rom.8:38,39           Neither angels, nor powers...nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from...Christ Jesus

                1Pet.1:5  Who are kept by the power of God...unto salvation


11. Our astonishing angelic allies, the hosts of Heaven:

A. They outnumber the devil's forces two to one:

                2Ki.6:16,17             They that be with us are more than they that be with them...mountain was full of...chariots of fire

                Rev.12:3,4              (Satan's) tail drew the third part of the stars (angels)

                (See also Rev.5:11)

B. Their fantastic flaming weapons:

                Gen.3:24 Cherubims & a flaming sword, which turned every way

                2Ki.6:17  The mountain was full of horses & chariots of fire round about Elisha

                (See also Num.22:23; 1Chr.21:16.)

C. They battle against & defeat the devil:

                Rev.12:7-9              Michael & his angels fought against...the (devil) & his angels [& the devil's forces were defeated]



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