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How to deal with Satan, the Devil
By John Chopores
There are times when we should say very little to the Devil!
Gen. 3: 1 ¶ Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, `You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3 "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, `You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.
The first big mistake on Eve’s part was talking to anyone who was spreading doubt about anything that God had said! Right off the bat the Devil was attacking Eve’s faith in God and His words.
Satan has the gall to talk back to anyone, even God Himself! Cf. Job 2:4 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
So, do not be surprised if Satan tries to continue the conversation.
This is one of those times when just saying “the Lord rebuke you” and no longer listening to the devil would probably have been enough. Cf. Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, `You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'"
One way the deal with Satan is to tell him what the Bible has to say about something and then in the name of the Lord, tell him to leave.
There are times when Satan will be speaking through a human being. During those times, you may need to rebuke the person and Satan at the same time. Cf. Matthew 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." Matthew 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
The Devil and his followers, will pose anyone on the side of God! Cf. Zechariah 3:1 ¶ Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.
Remember to always rebuke Satan in the name of the Lord God. Even the Lord rebukes Satan in the name Lord! Cf. Zechariah 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"
Satan will use physical sickness, and on rare occasion Satan possession to oppose the king of God. Cf. Luke 13:16 "So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound----think of it----for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?"
Luke 22:3 Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.
However while physical sickness is a common method of Satan and his demons to oppose the king of God, Satan possessing someone himself is very rare. (Please note that I have a web site on “Satan-possession”).
Do not let Satan take the word of God, from your heart!
Cf. Mark 4:15 "And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Satan is always on the lookout for someone to make trouble for.
Cf. Job 2:2 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
1 Peter 5:8 ¶ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Know that a time of temptation by Satan can be long or short.
Cf. Mark 1:13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.
One way to help bring down the kingdom of Satan, is to cast out demons!
Cf. 22 ¶ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons."
23 So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 "If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 "And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 "And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.
27 "No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
Matthew 10:8 "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Casting out demons helps build-up and make know the Kingdom of God. Cf. Matthew 12:28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
The casting out of demons should be done with faith in the name and power of Jesus Christ! Cf. Mark 16:17 "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
Luke 10:17 ¶ Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."
This Faith should be in God and His power to do the casting out of demons. Cf. Luke 11:20 "But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
This is what the first century Church did! Cf. Acts 5:16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
Acts 8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.