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 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 be wondering: “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 trouble” (Psalm 46:1)
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Satan must get permission before he can do anything to us:
And even with permission, Satan and his demons are restricted as to what they are allowed to do.
Satan Allowed to Test Job
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” 9 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 11 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Satan Takes Job’s Property and Children
13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.
The Testing Of Job’s Faith Continues In Chapter 2:
Satan Attacks Job’s Health
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 3 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” 4 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” 6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
- 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:
- clothing choices
- entertainment choices
- excuses - vs. taking ownership
- food choices
- haughty vs. humble heart
- physical fitness
- relationship based on performance vs. acceptance
- Scripture memory
- stewardship (financial, time, talent etc.)
- ungodly or lustful thoughts and actions
- unbelief - vs.trusting God
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!