"Great is our Lord and mighty in power"
First we know that Satan has been given certain power over the earth. But how much power?
We can look at the book of Job to get some clues. "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." It appears that Satan could not touch Job or his family or his possessions until God allowed him to. But we must also notice that God did allow him to do so.
I believe that Satan is very powerful. We know that Michael (the Archangel) is very powerful, yet Jude states in Jude 1:9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
I am sure we have all heard the statement "fools rush in where angels fear to tread." I think that statement makes some valid points. If the Archangel Michael (heaven's warrior) does not take Satan on with his own power but only with the power of God, then we should never try to stand up to Satan on our own either.
Does that mean that we cannot defeat Satan? No, it just means that we can only defeat him with God's power and authority. Don't ever let yourself get tricked into feeling safe or strong on your own. We, by ourselves, are no more then gnats, but with the power of Jesus Christ (who over came even death) we can overcome the world and even Satan himself, since he has already been defeated.
Don't let Satan taunt you into going head to head with him, he will crush you. Satan is not to be respected or feared, but his power should command respect and fear from us, because we are at its mercy except when we cloak ourselves in the power of Jesus Christ our Savior.
God's word is called a sharp sword, faith our shield, truth our belt, salvation our helmet, and righteousness our breastplate. No good soldier would go to battle without his weapon or his protective equipment and as Christians neither should we.
Jude 22-25 Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy-- to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
These devotionals are written by Ralph Dettwiler, and reflect his views.
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