VICTORIOUS MOVES AGAINST SATAN
Romans 16:20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
All victories, past, present and future are Christ’s. What a wonderful Savior we have. What a great honor and privilege to be a part of His glorious victory over the adversary. God’s excellent superiority over the devil has been seen through the ages. God also wants His power to be displayed marvelously by His blood-redeemed children as a living proof of His mighty working.
The Devil is the father of all lies and the author of confusion. Since the beginning, he wants people to be deceived and to be destroyed through his false and destructive teachings. It’s so sad, but it’s true, that he is leading many lost souls to hell daily and he is so happy about it. He is also busy enticing many Christians to get involved in his works of darkness as he subdue their desire to win souls for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must be aware that God wants us to be a part of His plan and not a partaker of the Devil’s strategies.
Romans 16:17-20 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. 19 For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. 20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
In Romans 16:17-20, Apostle Paul reminded the believers in Rome concerning their awaited and glorious victory over Satan. He also gave important instructions on how to avoid questionable people who are not really serving God but who have some other interests in life. He warned them about the deceitful words and impressive speeches of crafty men. As he noticed their amplified submission to their teachings which gained his confidence in them, he also emphasized the needs of godly wisdom and meekness in their Christian life.
As we march and tread our enemies, our ultimate victory and much loved peace are yet to come. The God of peace will give us our awaited victory through His power and abundant grace. Focusing our hearts and minds on verses 17-20 gives us a better view and understanding on how to move wisely and victoriously against our adversary, the Devil.
(I) Mark And Avoid Those Who Don’t Follow Biblical Doctrines Romans 16:17 -People who create divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine
The presence of questionable people in every Christian congregation creates disorderliness among the members. It is wise then to mark and avoid them before it’s too late to handle. We count it a blessing to realize that what Paul said to the Ephesians is still very relevant to our time. What an expression of love and care when he warned them and said, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” Acts 20:28-31
(II) Watch And Avoid Deception Romans 16:18 -Deceitful people -Deceitful words and fair speeches * consider I Corinthians 2:1-5
Many believers are easily impressed by speakers with magnetic personality and fluency in speech, yet unmindful of the spiritual contents of what they hear. They don’t even check what the Bible says. We must be watchful and prayerful. Satan’s deception can be perceived through the help of the Holy Ghost. What a blessing to hear preachers and teachers saying, "Thus saith the LORD!" or "That’s what the Bible says!"
(III) Be Wise Romans 16:19 -Wise unto that which is good -Harmless concerning evil Matthew 10:16
True wisdom comes from God and can be asked for. To some people, the value of wisdom is yet to be understood. Men who fear God know the preciousness of spiritual wisdom and they really love her more than silver and gold. Wisdom is a must-have to every believer.
(IV) Wait And Use The Power Of God Romans 16:20 -Trust in the Lord -Wait for His wonderful working through our lives -Live by the grace of God
The threatening forces of evil seem too strong for us to face, but cheer up for He who is with us is surely stronger than all the enemies of Truth. As we put our trust in the Lord and wait for His breathtaking deliverance, we will realize we cannot do anything without Him, but through Him we are more than conquerors. Through the grace of God, we are on the winning side. Through our eyes of faith, we could see our awaited and glorious victory with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
By Jose Cabajar
There are six truths that you need to implement to gain victory over satanic influence.
╬ First, you must gain an understanding of the truth of Scripture and recognize the work of Christ on your behalf, so you can fully discern the counterfeit.
╬ Second, recognize Satan is a defeated foe. However, he is more powerful and more intelligent than you. As you come to understand this, you will develop a growing need to depend on the Lord solely for your strength and allow Him to win the victory through you.
╬ Third, destroy all occult paraphernalia (Acts 18:8-20).
╬ Fourth, enlist the help of the lord on a daily basis through prayer. Develop an understanding of Ephesians 6.
╬ Fifth, study the reliability of Scripture and the biblical worldview. Weigh the trustworthiness of God and His Word against all other belief systems. In other words, become thoroughly convinced through your study and application of God’s Word that God is faithful and His Word is a reliable foundation.
╬ Sixth, be careful regarding what you allow to enter your mind (Romans 12:1-2).
However, the believer needs to recognize the assurance that Christ extends to him so that he may withstand the fiery darts of the evil one. The Christian has the promise of God’s Word to strengthen his or her position. Once the believer has discovered his rightful position in Christ – that is his relationship founded on what Christ has done for him – he needs to walk in assurance that Jesus has do all that needs to be done for his salvation and his redemption.
The believer’s foundation for building a confident and growing relationship with God is vitally important. In short, the believer must become grounded in his or her faith.
Study and memorize verses that confirm what God has done in your life.
● God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the ETERNAL LIFE (1 John 5:11-13).
● My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one (John 10:27-30).
● I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
● Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God (1 John 4:15). Related verses: 1 Peter 1:3-5; Jude 24; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:27; Colossians 2:13-14.
Demonic influence and oppression are a reality in many lives. Even the Christian’s! However, the Christian has a solution available to him that may evade the non-believer. It is important for the non-believer to know that he has the same Scriptural promise. The non-believer can call on Jesus and be heard as well. In the end, our deliverance from deception is determined by faith – faith rightly placed in Jesus, the Christ.