Protection From Satan
Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil
A young minister shared with me one day, "I am afraid of Satan."
I replied, "You should be afraid of Satan -- if you want to live your own life and do your own thing apart from God. But if you are willing to let Christ control your life, you have nothing to fear because the Bible
says, 'Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world'" (1 John 4:4, KJV).
Continuing, I said, "Satan was defeated 2,000 years ago at the cross. Though he has great power to influence man, the Bible assures us that he is defeated by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony" (Revelation 12:11, NIV).
This friend lives in a city where they have one of the largest zoos in the world. I said, "What do you do with lions in your city?" He replied that they keep them in a cage. I said, "Like the lion, Satan is in a cage, and he cannot hurt you unless you get into the cage with him. Get in the cage, and the lion will make mincemeat of you. But you have nothing to fear so long as you stay out of the cage. You have nothing to fear from Satan so long as you are continually surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ and controlled by the Holy Spirit
, by faith."
Satan could also be compared to Butch, a big neighborhood bully, who delights in beating up all the smaller children. Suppose my little lad of four years of age is on his way to kindergarten, and suddenly Butch steps out from his place of hiding and beats him up. So, the next day we walk to school together.
Several days go by and we see no further sign of Butch. After a while my son says, "Daddy, I guess Butch has moved away. Now I can go to school on my own."
So, off to kindergarten he goes, when suddenly and without warning he is pounced upon by Butch, who had never left, but had been waiting every day, observing us as we walked to school together.
So it is in our relationship with Christ -- we are totally dependent upon Him. Satan cannot affect us as long as we walk with Christ and look to Him to fight our battles for us.
"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" (Ephesians 6:11, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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