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Does a believer have authority over Satan?

The believer's dominion over Satan and victory over spiritual forces of evil are contingent upon God's strength, Satan's relative power, and God's power within the believer.

To begin, God's might is perfect and unfathomable. He created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1) and is the only one who has authority over life and death. God certainly holds dominion over Satan and will ultimately condemn him to an eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7–10).

Second, Satan's might, while not equal to God's, is nonetheless considerable. Satan is capable of tempting mankind, just as he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). He is occasionally granted permission by God to inflict agony on individuals, like in Job's case (Job 1–2). He was capable of tempting Jesus but not of causing Him to stumble or sin (Matthew 4:1–11). God warns us that Satan stalks human victims with the same zeal with which a roaring lion stalks his prey (1 Peter 5:8). Satan's power is limited not only in terms of efficacy today, but also in terms of time. In the future, evil will experience its ultimate defeat (see Revelation 12:12 and 20:10).

This brings us to our strength in the face of Satan. Believers in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8–9) possess the Holy Spirit. "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live," Galatians 2:20 states. "But Christ lives in me." Within us resides the same power that created the cosmos. As a result, Satan possesses no genuine authority over Christ's followers. He cannot coerce us into wrongdoing, he cannot possess us, and he is well aware that we will eventually triumph over him.

Simultaneously, Satan continues to wreak havoc on believers living in this fallen world. Ephesians 6:10–18 serves as a reminder of the spiritual battle we face and the critical nature of walking in spiritual armour. Additionally, James 4:7 informs us of our obligation to oppose Satan: "Therefore, submit yourselves to God." Refuse to submit to the devil, and he will flee."

Within ourselves, we have no influence over Satan. God is sovereign, and He battles for us. To counter Satan's attacks, we should commit our lives to God, live a virtuous life, pray for God's protection, and oppose sin. When we submit to God's protection, Satan loses his influence over us. He is going to flee. Furthermore, we can respond to the devil's temptations in the same way that Jesus did. The Lord responded to Satan's temptations in the desert three times by quoting God's Word (Matthew 4:1–11). If Jesus overcame temptation through Scripture, we should unquestionably rely on the Bible to help us fight Satan's temptations in our own lives. It is not in vain that it is dubbed the "sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17).


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