Satan Is Defeated
2 Corinthians 4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Satan is called the God of this world but his reign is only temporary. He is not God, he is a would-be god.
Isaiah 45:5a: I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: . . .
Satan can only rule within the limits that God gives him and to some extent, that we give him. And he will be cast into the Lake of Fire in God*s time. God*s original plan was for man to have dominion over the earth, not Satan. In a sense, he stole that from us.
Genesis 1:26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
When Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire, he won*t reign over anything.
Matthew 25:41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Revelation 20:10: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
If believers fear God, they don*t have to fear Satan or his minions.
Matthew 10:28: And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 John 4:4: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 John 3:8: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Colossians 2:13-15: And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
John 16:11b: . . . the prince of this world is judged.
John 12:31: Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Though his final defeat is already accomplished, we must be prepared to do battle with him.
Ephesians 6:11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:12-17: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: