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God Is More Powerful Than The Devil

Not only is it true that God is more powerful than the devil, God is infinitely more powerful than Satan and all of his demons combined!

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God is infinitely more powerful than Satan and all his demons combined.

I’m emphasizing this idea about how God is more powerful than the devil (Satan) and all of his demons combined because I want to reassure you that God is totally in control. There is no way all of the forces of hell combined could overpower God.

If they could have, they would have done so long ago.

The devil does not want you to know any of this.

The devil wants you to believe that God is busy somewhere else, and that He is unaware that the devil is tormenting you.

But the truth is: God is right there with you. God has always been with you and He always will be with you.

You may cause you to wonder, “If God is right there, why does He allow this to happen to me?

Great question!

I know of several factors. I’m going to quote two verses, then use them to answer the question.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Here’s what’s going on:

  1. Actually, God is helping you. He’s restraining the devil from destroying you RIGHT NOW! God allows the devil to go only so far, and no farther. To see an example of this in the Bible, read Chapter 1 of the book of Job. In Job 1:9-12 you can see examples of God restraining and limiting what He would allow Satan to do to Job.
  2. God has given each of us a free will, therefore He will not intervene uninvited. The devils take advantage of that TO THE MAX!
  3. Notice the first part of James 4:7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God”. It speaks of submission; obedience. (More about obedience below).
  4. Notice: Psalm 46:1 (quoted above) says, “God is OUR refuge and strength”. The word “our” refers to those who have chosen to be obedient to God.
  5. And: you have to ASK! Recall: “…You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:2)
  6. Also: God may be using the trial you are under to strengthen your faith in Him. (See James 1:2-4 directly below.)

Here’s something you and I need to always remember:

Everything Is A Test!    EVERYTHING!

That’s why James wrote this:

2 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

You probably think of your aggravating circumstances as just random stuff that “just happens”, right? But God uses those trials to strengthen your faith in Him.

Inside of every trial is an opportunity to submit to God’s authority, trust Him, and respond in obedience to Him. That’s what God is longing to see in each one of us.

But, if you’re like I used to be, you probably are totally unaware that God has anything to do with the events of everyday life, right? But the reality is: God is so near to you, and He’s longing for you to believe and act upon these things that you are reading here.

Things such as submitting to His authority.

On the subject of submitting to God, I wrote down this list of areas of obedience that we all struggle with.

God Wants Our Obedience

I made a list of areas in which I want to be obedient to God. This is probably not a comprehensive list, and I am definitely not doing them perfectly:

attitude; anger; blaming; complaining; compromise; contentment; covetousness; defiance; discipline; dress - what we wear; entertainment choices; envy; food choices; excuses - making excuses vs. taking ownership; haughty vs. a humble heart; love; parenting; patience; physical fitness; pride; procrastination; rebellion; resentment; relationship based on performance vs. acceptance; repentance; revenge; Scripture memory; selfishness; stewardship (financial, time, talent etc.); stubbornness; ungodly or lustful thoughts and actions; unbelief - refusing to trust God; unforgiveness;

God does not expect perfection

What He is really watching for is steady progress in the right direction. He wants us to voluntarily come under His authority. In other words, He wants us to submit ourselves to God

Don’t be overwhelmed by that list. God does not demand perfection. He knows we’re not perfect.

What Is God Looking For?
He’s looking for steady progress in the right direction. You and I can do that!

And — good news — we don’t have to do it by our own strength!

Here’s how God helps those who turn to Him in faith and obedience:

But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it). (James 4:6 AMP)

See that? POWER of the Holy Spirit.

How reassuring it is to know that God will not allow the devils to trouble us beyond our ability to endure.

Satan is a very powerful being, the second most powerful in the universe. But he is nevertheless a finite, created being.

Satan cannot be everywhere; he is not all-powerful; he is not all-knowing. Plus, being the bullies that they are, Satan and his demons run from the greater strength of God just as cockroaches run and hide from the light.

In contrast, God is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present. He knows the end from the beginning. God is in charge, and will protect those who turn to Him.

How To Apply The Principle:

  1. When adversity strikes, remember that God is in charge. He is in complete control. He knows all about your situation.
  2. Satan and his demons are defeated beings. They don’t care about you at all. They just want to take you to hell with them because Jesus loves you.
  3. Instead of fretting over your problems, choose to praise God instead for what He has already done for you.
  4. You will probably fail at these things at first. But then, learn from your mistakes, and resolve to do better next time.
  5. Remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? At first, you fell a lot. But: remember the joy when you finally mastered that bicycle? Learning to live according to God’s ways is a lot like that. If I might extend the bicycle metaphor: let’s strive to be in the “Tour de France” of living the victorious Christian life!
  6. What To Do: memorize this verse: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (John 4:4)” You can do it. Just write it on a recipe card and read it over several times a day until you can say it “by heart”. THEN — VERY IMPORTANT: Recite it silently to yourself frequently throughout the day. You will be astonished at how it helps you!

Bottom line: God is more powerful than the devil.

Jesus said this:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Jesus gave you peace. If you don’t have it, you’ve given it up needlessly. The devil has stolen it from you.

Ah, but now you know how to get it back!

DO IT!

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the comforting reassurance that there is no problem the enemy can cause that You cannot handle. One thing I know: You are in charge!

~Jan


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  • Khadijah Santiago July 16, 2017, 11:28 AM

    Please God protect me & my family from harm. Please teach me everyday how to be more obedient to you! In Jesus name I pray Amen!

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  • Jim January 31, 2017, 1:36 PM

    Thank you Jan for reminding even those of us that have been in the Faith for a long time that we have the tools to combat the evil that attacks. At 55, I would have never thought I would have experienced the attacks in my mind like i have had this past week. I am putting into practice 1 John 4:4 and 2 Cor. 10:5 and others to combat this! God will not allow the enemy to have me, because my soul is sealed in Him! Thank you Jesus!

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    • Jan Smith February 7, 2017, 11:24 AM

      Jim, thanks for your comment. You’ve chosen great verses to use against the devil:. For those who don’t recall:
      “…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4b)
      and…
      “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (3 Corinthians 10:5)

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  • Frances October 2, 2016, 11:32 PM

    Awesome article!
    “The devil wants us to believe that God is busy elsewhere, unaware that the devil is tormenting us. What a LIE!” That really hit home for me.

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    • Jan Smith October 3, 2016, 11:04 AM

      Frances, thanks for the feedback. I try to use examples that will show what the devil is up to in our lives. Your comment is an encouragement to me. Thanks!

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  • Ashish raj September 25, 2016, 4:56 AM

    I also believe in god but my question is this that why can’t we see him or her but we can see devils?

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    • Jan Smith September 26, 2016, 10:56 AM

      God has chosen to create us as beings that are “lower than the angels” (Hebrews 2:7). We cannot see the wind, but we can feel the influence of the wind. Also, I can’t se electricity either. But, if I unscrew a light bulb and stick my finger into the empty socket, I would sure feel the presence of electricity. In the same way, we can see the influence of evil. But we can only tell that it’s evil when we know what God’s Word says. The writer of Hebrews puts it like this: “But solid food [knowing God’s Word] is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14)

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  • Rebekah August 21, 2016, 7:46 PM

    Thank you for sharing this. God spoke to me through your article and the verses right now and I got deliverance as I read this. I submitted to Him my struggles and what peace fills my heart and mind. This is evidence that God is alive and His Word is truth and power. Thanks again. Praise you Lord Jesus.

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    • Jan Smith August 24, 2016, 3:16 PM

      Hi, Rebekah. What you described is exactly what is supposed to happen. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Angel Christ May 14, 2016, 4:38 AM

    Jan thank you for the great teachings I have learnt a lot My Mind is renewed more n more….I still need more to learn

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  • Angel Christ May 14, 2016, 4:35 AM

    Jan your teachings of Wisdom are powerful …Iam learning a lot n they increase my Faith

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  • Gloria May 12, 2016, 1:17 PM

    Thank you so much I really needed to read or reassure this in my life full of trials right now… Thank you

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  • mara vasiljevic December 27, 2015, 3:25 AM

    Thank you for your website. Put me in happy tears and I really needed to read all this and gave me reassurance in my walk with Christ.

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  • Casper November 2, 2015, 2:35 AM

    Ergh… I’d really love to always remember and always act right in the face of “falling over”. I’m a porn addict, y’know? It’s SO PAINFUL! Most of the time I feel all right, but then it hits me like a shotgun! LITERALLY! I just feel that awful pain in the stomach that I can’t heal! I’ve tried everything; Praying, reading the Bible, even simple things like listening to music or watching the TV. It all has the same effect. It stops for a while, and then it comes back like a boomerang and it’s done. Over. I’ve fallen down. Most of the time I just didn’t even have time to stop and think “What should I do now?”! It’s just too strong!
    Sure, you can say “Well then, go to a mental hospital!”, but IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY! I have a doomed life to live and my parents would NEVER allow me to give up on it! I live a Spiritual Last Stand and it’s the only thing I know for real.
    I am DOOMED TO FAIL.
    I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LIFE, FALL, RECONCILE AND DIE.

    Oh Lord… Forgive me my sins…

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    • Jan Smith November 27, 2015, 6:10 PM

      Casper, who told you that you have no choice? That’s lie from the pit of hell! With God’s help, you can break that addiction. It won’t be easy, but you can do it. Start declaring that out loud, over and over throughout each day.

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      • Midge February 23, 2017, 1:23 AM

        Recently I was Preparing the contest on “Power of 10″Suddenly I got confused as to howmany questions did I make. should I add more or the 10 were completed?So I suggest that the questions created should be numbered i.e. The creator should be able to know what is the number of question he is maTceg.khankyouPnaie Murtuza

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    • Xavier Vela January 29, 2016, 4:05 PM

      First of all Casper all your sins are forgiven & Jesus is praying 4 U ( Read 1John1:7-2:1) & there is no condemnation 4 those in Christ Jesus ( Rom8:1) – Next I want 2 tell U that at one time I enjoyed the pleasure of watching porn even after I got saved but then as I continued reading thew New Testament especially the book of Romans it confirmed 2 me the finishing works of the cross & that I did not have 2 bow down anymore to porn – but the answer 4 me was that I had to hate that bondage of porn & call it 4 what it is – ” SIN” not pleasurable or even my addiction but – SIN. The bible says in Romans 12:9 (NIV) to “HATE WHAT IS EVIL & CLING TO WHAT IS GOOD – Until u decide 2 hate that porn U will always be bound to it – Remember Romans 6 that is the key my friend Sin’s power has been broken but if we continue to bow to its temptation then it becomes our Master – So Casper U got 2 call that porn 4 what it is – EVIL & STRAIGHT FROM THE PIT OF HELL – Love Ya bro & praying 4 the eyes of your heart 2 B enlighten – Oh yeah Read Romans 6 through 8 it will set U free but U got 2 want 2 B made well – Jesus Loves U & is praying 4 U bro 🙂

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    • William September 1, 2016, 4:54 PM

      God can give you the victory Casper. I used to struggle until I came to Jesus; then He one the battle for me; all I had to do was follow Him. I still struggle with other problems but I haven’t given up.

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  • Cat September 10, 2015, 4:34 PM

    I prayed for Darrell, He is so lost and hateful. I could not finish reading his comment for I felt Satan speaking through him. God please bless him and keep him and show him the truth. Thank you for the words of God, Please continue your work. Bless you.

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  • Darrell August 18, 2015, 11:30 PM

    This is literally the biggest crock of bullshit I’ve had the most unpleasant experience too read in a very long time,people wake up stop being slaves to some dogmatic and extremely un original “god” do some dam research on the guy and realize what kind of being he really is,blind faith gets you know were, solid truth is the ultimate power.
    Like come on you Judaics,Muslims,and cristians can’t even at least be original ? Taking from others to try to attempt to solidify your lies?
    It’s just some book some idiots wrote to try to control people,and if there was a so called Yahweh or Jehovah or Tetragrammaton,he’s the cruel entity from the Old Testament you know the one that needed burnt human and animals sacrifices to survive,the entire New Testament was written by a roman emperor made up by a single human being,this is proven so know your evil and egotistical,and overly domanent masculine aspect of a god from the Old Testament that all you bible thumpers always try to ignore,that’s your real God,who sounds more like a satanic figure to me,Jesus Christ was a fabrication made by the church a ex pope confessed that so don’t argue he was the pope he knows,and three the world honestly would be and unlimited times better if religion was never invented by stupid people to try to explain the unexplainable your all just pusses for taking the easy way out and letting others think for you,make and follow your own dam experiences not another persons who may or may not if even existed in the first place,you and only you are capable and able to save your soul not some stolen concepts and certainly Not a non forgiving false idol .

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    • Jan Smith August 19, 2015, 11:11 AM

      To all who read Darrell’s comment (rant?): Please join me in praying for God to reveal Himself to Darrell. He doesn’t know. That’s excusable. We all started that way. But the problem is: he doesn’t know that he doesn’t know. And the possible danger is: if a person tried to tell Darrell, I’m guessing he doesn’t want to know (the Truth). But God can get to him. He got to me, therefore He can get to Darrell.

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      • Joshua September 23, 2015, 2:37 AM

        You hit it on the head. God must reveal Himself to him. But for the especially blind ones – like myself – it took the revealing of the devil, instead. That’s what it can get a bit scary.

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        • Jan Smith October 4, 2015, 3:27 PM

          Joshua, I used to be spiritually blind. I know what you mean.

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      • WYN TRAN March 3, 2016, 5:16 AM

        Mr Jan Smith, you definitely “got it so right” with your understanding about God and His Word. You are gifted by God to be able to explicate the “mystery about God and His Word” in very understandable terms.

        Your response to Darrell is so precise and you have definitely hit the nail on the head .

        Darrell, perhaps the reason why I feel, from reading your very sad words, that your life is so empty and so bitter is because you are Godless.

        I, along with many others who have come to know that God is my most unconditional and “loyal” father in heaven have had some very catastrophic and terrible things happen to me. But throughout all the suffering, I always catch God throwing in my direction a “buffer” or “cushion”, or a “stepping stone” to ease the hardship, and dull away the pain. And of course, after the “heavy rain”, the sun always comes out even more vibrant and sweet for us believers, because invariably, we find that for all our “shame” that we bear, now & again in our lives – God always gives us, His believing children – “DOUBLE honour”, subsequently.

        I guess the most concise way to start you thinking about God is this. Yes, we may all be “blind” and “brainless” in your eyes, but the reality is that when we “blind folks” all die and find out (hypothetically) that there is no God – nothing will happen to us because we have lived our lives – at peace – in the best way we know. However, when we all die, AND YOU THEN FIND OUT THAT THERE IS A GOD, and you have insulted & opposed Him in the utmost way – we “brainless folks” will be standing from heaven crying for you…

        And for now, we will pray for you, as we love you, as a fellow human being, that you will “stumble on God”, one very FINE DAY – SOON!

        We love you as a

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  • Stephanie Goodman August 16, 2014, 3:31 PM

    Thanks for this. I’ve enjoyed reading your site, but I’ve had trouble finding other answers to my questions on the web. Do you know of any sites that are similar to yours that I can read through? Also, what denomination do you side with?

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  • Rachael Adams August 10, 2014, 10:10 PM

    Thank you for allowing God to use you for this is coming at a very needed time for me.

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    • Jan Smith August 11, 2014, 6:14 PM

      Rachel, it took God many years to get my attention and to get me to start thinking about His Word so I could write these things. Really, it’s mostly His work. But I do appreciate your kind words. ~ Jan

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  • Amy April 18, 2014, 12:45 AM

    Thank you God. Thank you Jesus, my savior. Thank you to the Holy Ghost…my guiding light in this bleak world full of madness. I know I don’t understand everything….but I AM SO GRATEFUL that you believed enough in a sinner like me to give me a chance to see the truth with my own eyes, and the free will to make my own decision. With Satan there is one way in…and no way out. But the Lord God does not gain our obedience and adoration out of guilt and fear…but Love

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