The Devil Is Not As Powerful As Some Think
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. The Scriptures warn us of Satan as a predator (I Peter 5:8).
1. Whenever man chooses to do wrong, we see Satan’s work is alive (Matthew 16:21-23, Acts 5:3, and I John 3:8-10).
2. Just as one can see Christ figuratively in us (Colossians 1:25-27), you can also figuratively see Satan in others (Luke 22:3; cf. Mark 14:10 and Luke 22:47-48).
3. Through true conversion, one turns from the power of Satan to the power of God (Acts 26:18).
B. Satan has power (Matthew 4:1-11) and even demon possessions were real (Matthew 4:24).
1. Just as the Holy Spirit empowered men, Satan could do so in a limited capacity [limits explained more later] (II Thessalonians 2:7-9).
2. Satan thinks and made plans (II Corinthians 2:11).
II. Body: There Is No “Battle” When It Comes To God Versus Satan (Romans 16:20).
A. Satan and his angels are not all-powerful beings that do as they please (Luke 9:1 and Luke 10:17).
1. Satan and his angels got the boot from Heaven, not the other way around (Luke 10:17-18 and Revelation 12:7-9).
2. Additionally, even when Satan was permitted to literally tempt men, he was on a leash (Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-6).
3. The devils certainly fear God (James 2:19; cf. Luke 4:40-41).
B. The movies would have you believe that the devil or his angels can posses someone and it is a battle to get them out (i.e. the movie “The Rite” or “Exorcism Of Emily Rose”), but that is not true (Matthew 8:16).
1. I don’t want to downplay the power Satan and his angels had while they were working on this earth (Acts 19:13-20).
2. Yet, the power of God strikes fear into a demon and no battle is even near necessary (Matthew 8:28-32, Luke 4:33-37, Luke 8:26-36, and Acts 16:16-18).
3. Our Lord is over all (Ephesians 1:19-23).
C. We have no fear of being possessed by Satan or his angels today (Jude 6, II Peter 2:4, and Revelation 20:1-2).
1. Demon possession occurred during the miraculous age to show the power of God, the message, etc. (Matthew 10:8 and Mark 16:15-20).
2. These miraculous events have come to pass (I Corinthians 13:8-13) now that we have “that which is perfect” (II Timothy 3:15-17).
3. Thus, when you do something WRONG today, Satan did not make you do it (Isaiah 55:6-7, John 5:28-29, and James 1:13-16).
III. Conclusion: The devil and his angels have their place, and it is not one of power (Matthew 25:41).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager