13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed
us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
Many people are afraid of the devil. As believers we have no
need to be afraid of the devil, although we should be aware and
on guard against his schemes.
The only true power the devil holds over a believer now is the
power of deception. If you do not know the truth the devil will
take advantage of you. The only way to know the truth is to
read, understand, and act on the Scriptures.
To illustrate, imagine entering the hospital room of a patient
paralyzed from their neck down. All they can do is talk. They
pose no threat to you, unless they convince you to take the gun
from beside the bed and shoot yourself with it.
(How could they do that? One way would be to convince you that
the gun was not real or not loaded, so it wouldn’t harm you.)
You may think this is ridiculous, but it happens constantly
with people who do not realize that the words they speak are
powerful, and that the ideas they speak originate with the
devil. Every day the devil convinces millions of people to take
a spiritual “weapon” — their words — and use it against
The devil operates against you through fear and ignorance.
God’s Word gives you the information that will set you free
from both fear and ignorance.
14 Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself
likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might
render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the
15 and might deliver those who through fear of death were
subject to slavery all their lives.
17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name
they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
For believers to cast out demons, it means they must have
authority over the devil and his forces. However, unused
authority conveys no benefit.
SAY THIS: Jesus is my lord, and the devil has no power over me.
I have been delivered from the devil’s authority. I am free, so
leave me alone, devil!