Did you realize that Jesus has already paid the price for our victory?

Through His blood that was shed on the Cross, the battle with Satan was won. Now I know that the devil is real and that he goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but when we call upon the name of Jesus, we find hope and help. The devil gets too much credit from believers, today. We act like he is more powerful than God.

Jesus said in Luke 10:19, "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

Did you notice Jesus said, "over all power of the enemy”? Satan does desire to sift us as wheat, yet if we will keep our guards up and not allow sin to creep into our hearts, we can obtain complete victory. I don’t like to see Christians walking around without joy. I like to see people happy, excited about life.

The Christian life was never meant to be a somber time of serving God but rather a time of rejoicing. Now, trials do come and hard times help build our relationship with God, but James told us to "rejoice when fiery trials come upon us." This is hard to do. If you will remember that God is allowing this time for you to grow close to Him, you will see it in a whole new perspective.

The devil wants you to fall back away from God, but Jesus said you have all power over the enemy. Exercise that authority. How? You don’t have to yell and scream at the devil, but just boldly declare, "I am going to serve God and take every circumstance that comes as a means of growing in God, and I choose to be joyous."

Before I close, I remember talking with someone, a few years ago, that always would say the devil did this, and the devil did that. One statement He said struck me as humorous. He said, "The devil is out to get me; he made me break my arm when I fell off of the ladder." It would be interesting to note that the devil did not come and push him off of the ladder, rather it was clumsiness that made him fall off the ladder. Why credit the devil with everything.

The devil is real and he does cause things to happen in people’s lives, but he can do nothing without God’s permission. (See Job 1 and 2) Decide today to give God all the glory and stand up against the schemes of the devil. Put on your armor and stand your ground because Satan was defeated 2,000 years ago.

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