We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 1 John 5:19
Since his fall, Satan’s corrupt activities against man have been intended for one purpose: to prevent the salvation of mankind through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, it was during Jesus’ ministry that Satan’s attacks against the Messiah were most intense. Once Jesus went to the Cross, Satan’s defeat would be ensured.
The devil attacked overtly in the wilderness, trying to get Christ to yield to his temptations. But each time Satan attacked, Christ used the Holy Scriptures to ward off Satan’s attacks.
He dealt covertly against Jesus through those closest to Him. Peter’s seemingly strong defensive stand for Christ (Matthew 16:22-23) was nothing more than a last-ditch effort on Satan’s part to stop Jesus’ divine destiny. However, with one straight forward statement—”Get behind Me, Satan!”—Christ exposed the deception of His adversary.
But Satan could not thwart God’s plan. Satan already has been judged and condemned; the sentence of eternal death has been pronounced. All that remains is the execution of the sentence. Satan has been conquered by the Conqueror. Christ’s victory is yours today.
Father, when Satan attacks, help me use the power of Your Word. Your victory is mine today!