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THE DEFEAT OF SATAN

The reality of the spiritual world is a most serious subject. The spiritual world is completely different from the material world. There are two forces at work in this world: the forces of good and the forces of evil.

In this lesson we are going to learn the origin of the being that is responsible for all the suffering and calamities that happen in our world. He is the one responsible for making thousands of people live like beasts, stealing from their neighbors, lying, betraying, and raping.

We will see what happened to allow this vile and despicable creature to be on our planet, spreading hate and causing nightmares to become reality, since the day he first set foot here.

However, we will also see that today he is defeated and cannot oppress us any longer. The Lord Jesus defeated him, and He did it for us. Not only did He defeat Satan, but He credited it to our account, as if we had defeated him ourselves. This is our privilege in Christ.

What should we do when the devil attacks us? That is one of the topics of this lesson. We will learn that we must not tolerate one single action of the devil?s. Our redemption is a true and glorious fact.

We will study what the Bible warns about certain behaviors that allow the evil one to attack us, and how to live our redemption.

Learn through this lesson what your true position is. Become an overcomer. Claim your rights in Christ and enjoy the abundant life that the Lord Jesus came to bring.

In Christ,
Missionary R. R. Soares

 

Though many people do not believe in the existence of the devil, we know that he is real and active. Just pick up a newspaper and you will see what he does; visit hospitals or rehabilitation centers to observe his destructive power. If he does not exist, then who is responsible for all the evil we see everywhere we go? If he is not real, then the Bible and the Lord Jesus Himself are deceiving us when they categorically declare his existence. To consider him a legend or a figure of speech is to do him a great favor, for he is thus free to continue doing his horrendous deeds.


HIS ORIGIN

Satan was originally an angel of God. His name:Lucifer (light-bearer). He was a glorious angel; however, he allowed pride to rise in his heart, and aspired to be as the Most High. When he fell, he became the devil.

Let us read two Biblical passages that talk about this being:

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [How] you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. Isaiah 14:12-15

Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord GOD: You [were] the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone [was] your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You [were] the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You [were] perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, o covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and [shall be] no more forever”. Ezekiel 28:12-19


HOW THE DEVIL ENTERED OUR WORLD

God created the Earth and handed it over to man. However, He warned man not to disobey Him by eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or else he would die. In spite of God’s warning, man disobeyed him and ate of the fruit when he was tempted by the devil. The Bible says: Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men,
because all sinned
(Romans 5:12).

The death God speaks of in this verse is the nature of Satan. Ever since man sinned, the devil has had free passage on Earth to do his dreadful deeds. The sin Adam committed gave him the “right” to act in
our world.


THE DEFEAT OF SATAN

This situation lasted until our God became flesh and came to this world to annihilate the power of the devil.

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8a

Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:15

These passages inform us that the Lord Jesus destroyed all the works of the devil. Therefore, the enemy has been defeated and conquered, and in no hypothesis has any power over our lives. As a matter of fact, the devil only has any power in the life of a believer if he allows him to, or if that believer is unaware of his rights in Christ.

I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. 1 John 2:13

We can confess that we have conquered the evil one, because when we accepted the Lord Jesus as our Savior, everything He did was credited to our account. We have conquered the devil. That is how God sees us. The devil was eternally vanquished and defeated when Love gave His life for us on Calvary. You must always remember this, and every time the devil tries to raise his ugly head to attack you, rebuke him, saying: “Get out, loser! You have no place in my life! I will not allow you to contradict the Word of God”.


WHAT SHOULD WE DO WHEN THE DEVIL ATTACKS US?

We should not fear the wiles of the devil. It is written: No weapon formed against you shall prosper

(Isaiah 54:17).

We must watch and always identify the hand of the devil behind every evil that befalls us. Beware, because he will never appear and say, “I am the devil, and I am here to tempt you”. Much to the contrary; he will do everything possible to prevent you from believing that what is happening to you is his doing. Some people are so fooled that they actually reach the point of saying, “Oh, come on, it can’t be all his fault! After all, I shouldn’t have eaten that food! The poor old devil takes the blame for everything bad that happens!” It is tragic, but it is true. You actually hear children of God say things like that.


A BIBLICAL WARNING

The Bible warns: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

We had better take this warning from the Holy Spirit seriously. He knows that the devil is wily and has managed to drag many to defeat. We must not fear him, however, nor cower when he appears with his temptations, because Christ has completely freed us from his power.

We do not have to beg God to do something to help us against the devil. Everything He had to do has
already been done. God has nothing more to do with the devil. In God’s mind, the devil has been conquered and defeated. He exhorts: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1).

You must not subject yourself to the devil any longer. It is your duty to rise up and leave your captivity. Through the work of Jesus on the cross, you have already conquered the devil. Make him hear this from your lips. Acknowledge your liberty and begin to declare it boldly.


WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR REDEMPTION?

God expects us to accept our redemption and begin to act as redeemed people. The devil knows he has to obey all those who discover this truth. The Bible declares: For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20).

We must demand all disease to leave our bodies. If we are not free from all maladies, how will we be able to glorify God in our bodies?

We must also demand that all sinfulness leave our spirit, otherwise it will be impossible to glorify God in our hearts. When God states a fact, He considers it a finished matter.

Every time the devil brings some evil against you, rebuke him in the Name of Jesus, and make him flee.

Our redemption is real. We are freed territory. The slavery over our lives is over. The rule of the devil has ended. Now we have a new Lord who bought us for our God and made us more than conquerors. Therefore He says: When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men
(Ephesians 4:8).


OUR POSITION

We learned in the preceding chapters that we make the difference. Our attitude determines what we really are. To only say with our lips that we have been set free from the claws of the evil one, and not act according to the Word of God, will profit us nothing.

But, if we take the word of the Lord concerning us literally and begin to exercise our rights, we can be certain that our God will not leave us to fight alone. Quite to the contrary, He will fight our battles for us, and give us the victory.

Our position is that of complete victory. However, let us repeat one more time: if we do not accept what God says is ours, and act according to the exhortations of the Bible, everything He promised us will be useless.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

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1Q
How can we be sure the devil exists?
(a) The pope believes in his existence (b) The Bible says he exists (c) His temptations prove it
2Q
Before he became the devil, who was he?
(a) An angel of God (b) An emperor (c) He has always been the devil
3Q
What text in Isaiah talks about the devil’s fall?
(a) Isaiah 8:20 (b) Isaiah 53:4-5 (c) Isaiah 14:12-15
4Q
What text in Ezekiel talks about the devil?
(a) Ezekiel 12:12-19 (b) Ezekiel 41:12-19 (c) Ezekiel 28:12-19
5Q
What allowed the devil to come into our world?
(a) The disobedience of man (b) The wiliness of the devil (c) An oversight of God
6Q
Why did Adam and Eve sin?
(a) Because they were naïve (b) Because they accepted the devil’s suggestion (c) Because God was far from them
7Q
What happened to us when Adam and Eve sinned?
(a) We became slaves of Satan (b) God forgave us (c) We became more experienced
8Q
What did Jesus Christ come to the world for?
(a) To help us fight the devil (b) To fight the devil (c) To destroy the works of the devil
9Q
Does the devil ever come and say what he intends to do against us?
(a) Yes (b) No (c) Sometimes
10Q
Why can we say that we defeated the devil?
(a) Because Jesus’ victory was credited to our account (b) Because we live in peace with God
(c) Because we defeated him ourselves
11Q
What does the Lord warn us in 1 Peter 5:8?
(a) To be sober and alert (b) To pray two hours a day (c) That the devil is old and harmless
12Q
What should we do with the liberty Christ conquered for us?
(a) Absolutely nothing (b) Believe in it for eternity (c) Stand firm in it
13Q
Why does the devil still act in the lives of believers if he is powerless?
(a) Because he is stubborn (b) Because believers allow him to do so (c)Because some believers aren’t baptized in the Holy Spirit
14Q
Where does it say that no weapon brought against us will prosper?
(a) Isaiah 54:17 (b) Isaiah 14:12-15a (c) Isaiah 8:20
15Q
What is our true position before God?
(a) Victorious when it is God’s will (b) Completely victorious (c) Mere sinners saved by grace
16Q
Since we have been bought for a high price, what should we do?
(a) Wait for the second coming of Jesus (b) Be faithful with our tithes and offerings (c) Glorify God in our bodies and spirits
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