‘God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world.’ 1 John 4:4 NCV
Satan is a fallen angel who wasn’t satisfied to worship God. He wanted to occupy His throne. Angels, like humans, were made to worship God and enjoy His love. Like us, they were given free will. Otherwise, how could they worship? But Satan said, ‘I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14:14 NIV) His rebellion and the evil trading that went with it got him evicted from Heaven: ‘You are brought down… to the depths of the pit.’ (Isaiah 14:15 NIV)
Satan hasn’t changed. He’s as self-centred now as he was back then, and he’s just as limited. Even when his heart was good, he was inferior to God. God knows everything; angels only know what He reveals. God is everywhere; angels can only be in one place. God is all-powerful; angels are only as powerful as God allows them to be. So, Satan is still subservient to God. And every time he tries to advance his cause, he ends up advancing God’s cause.
In The Serpent of Paradise, pastor and author Erwin Lutzer writes: ‘Satan has different roles to play, depending on God’s counsel and purposes… We must bear in mind that he does have frightful powers, but knowing that those can only be exercised under God’s discretion and pleasure, gives us hope. Satan is simply not free to wreak havoc on people at will.’
Satan doesn’t want you to know that; he’d rather you be deceived into thinking of him as an independent force with unlimited power. But he’s not. And he’d rather you’d never read and believe the following words: ‘God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil.’
SoulFood: Hos 11–14, Mt 26:57–75, Ps 13, Prov 8:14–16
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018