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!
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?
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 troubleâ€ (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:
- 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.
- God has given each of us a free will, therefore He will not intervene uninvited. The devils take advantage of that TO THE MAX!
- Notice the first part of James 4:7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God”. It speaks of submission; obedience. (More about obedience below).
- 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.
- And: you have to ASK! Recall: “…You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:2)
- 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:
- When adversity strikes, remember that God is in charge. He is in complete control. He knows all about your situation.
- 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.
- Instead of fretting over your problems, choose to praise God instead for what He has already done for you.
- You will probably fail at these things at first. But then, learn from your mistakes, and resolve to do better next time.
- 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!
- 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!
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!