THE DEFANGING OF THE DEVIL

     
     When Jesus Christ died on the cross 2000 years ago at Calvary He “destroyed the works of the devil” (I John 3:8).  That doesn’t mean he no longer exists, nor does it mean we no longer have an old sin nature that is subject to his wiles and schemes.  We also have a free will that is a component of, and one of the five parts of a fallen soul.  Satan goes about as a “roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”  The Word of God doesn’t say that he is a roaring lion, but only that he goes about as one.  Like Burt Lahr dressed as the lion in the Wizard of Oz, he only plays a part.  Satan’s authority in the believer’s life is limited at best, and is only as effective as we allow it to be.  He is like the pimp that panders to our fallen nature.  That’s why it is so important for us to know and stand by faith in grace (Rom. 5:2).  We must learn to gird up the loins of our mind so that we may know of his wiles (Eph. 6:11-18).  When the five parts of a fallen soul are redeemed, that means bought back from the slave market of addiction, the conscience is purged by the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:22).  Thus, the self-consciousness, that introspective component of the soul that is rooted in insecurity and fear is overcome by the “love that constrains us that if one died for all then all are dead”(ll Cor. 5:14).  His love is perfected in us (I John 4:18).  One that struggles with addiction problems will often say, “Yes, I know all of that, but I just don’t feel it.”  Since we with addiction problems live in our feelings (fallen emotions) we tend to make sight evaluations based on feelings rather than faith (II Cor. 5:7).  Faith overcomes the world system (cosmos diabolicus-I John 5:4).  Splagnos (good emotions) joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and a redeemed soul. The battle goes on in the mind and when we study to quiet ourselves we will learn to think with the mind of Jesus Christ (Phil. 2:5).  He submitted his will to the Father moment by moment in all areas (John 6:38-40).  Therefore because we are in Christ and He dwells in us, when we submit our will to Him and resist the devil’s temptation (Jas. 4:7), God’s will is not fulfilled by us but in us.  The devil is like a toothless old lion, all roar and no bite; all fake and no fang!

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