“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jn 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.” The moment the light moves in, the darkness has to move out. So your first priority is not to conquer Satan, but 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. And the record reads, “Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him” (Mt 4:11 NKJV). Recently we 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 unglued, 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.
Published on Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 9:36 AM CDT