How God Limits Satan’s Power

How God Limits Satan’s Power May 27, 2019

Since Satan is called the “god of this world,” how does God still have control over his actions?

The “god” of this World

A quick glance at the news should tell us all we need to know about the state of this world. Violence, as in the days of Noah, is growing worse, but there’s a sinister minister behind it all. For example, the Apostle Paul wrote that “if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing” (2 Cor 4:3), and the reason the gospel is veiled to the world is because “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4). That would seem to indicate that Satan’s winning, but wait! The Bible also tells us that we “were dead in the trespasses and sins” (Eph 2:1), and all of us were, at one time, “following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Eph 2:2). And if not for the grace of God, we’d still be dead. Dead in our sins…dead men and dead women walking, but God intervened because “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:4-5). The point behind this is there is an invisible enemy that works visibly, either through powers or people, but he can only go so far.

The Invisible Enemy

Why does the world seem so vulnerable to satanic influence? For one thing, they do not even believe in Satan. Someone who they don’t believe exists, is no threat to them, but we know that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). It’s easier to fight something that’s visible; something that’s right before us, but an invisible enemy is more dangerous because you don’t always see them, however, there’s one who lurks around us today, and he is alive and active. He is so deceptive that he can imitate the gospel and the preachers while deceiving millions. For example, many wealth and prosperity gospels have infiltrated the church today and the shift, like consumerism, is to “what can the church do for me.” We’ve watered down the gospel by eliminating words like sin, the cross, the blood of the Lamb of God, sanctification, holiness, and repentance. He’s deceptive and crafty, and his messages do make you feel really good, but remember, his main purpose is to strike you and other believers down, and to veil the true gospel of repentance and faith (Mark 1:14-15). That teaching doesn’t require anyone to change, so it’s not really the gospel at all.

God’s Devil

Martin Luther once said that Satan is on a leash, or that the Devil is God’s Devil. Satan can only do as much as God allows, but even in Satan’s evil, God brings about much good. We can look at the cross to see that (John3:16-17). It is not accurate to say “the Devil made me do it,” but rather, the Devil influenced me to do it, but we are still responsible for our actions. The Apostle Peter was told by Jesus, “Get behind me, Satan” because Peter was trying to have Jesus avoid the cross, which was our only hope. That’s the same thing Satan wanted because he knew it sealed his fate (John 19:28-30). When Satan had been roaming the earth, presumably to make people’s lives miserable, the “Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil” (Job 1:8), but Satan wanted to prove to God that Job was just “being good” so that God would bless him. Then, “Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land” (Job 1:9-10), so Satan asked the Lord to “stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face” (Job 1:11). That’s when the Lord told Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord” (Job 1:11-12). Satan did nearly destroy Job and his faith, but Satan could not take Job’s life. That right is only given to the One Who gives life, and that is God.

Disqualified

Can A Person Be Demon PossessedLucifer may well have been God’s greatest creation. He was splendid beyond description, but verses like Isaiah 14:11-15, Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Revelation 12:4 indicate that Satan was tossed out of heaven, and about 1/3rd of the angels followed him. These became demons. Instead of being a light bearer in heaven, he became full of darkness due to his pride. He became so lifted up, that his logic left him, and he thought he could even take over the thorn of God, even becoming God (Isaiah 14:14)! By the way, there are a few cults that teach that we can become gods, and that has a satanic source too, but that’s what pride does. It blinds you to the truth. Satan sealed his own fate by rebelling against God, and will face a final torment that is simply indescribable. It says that “the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev 20:11). If satanic influence begins to affect you, then remind Satan of his future.

Conclusion

The Devil can only do so much. God allows him to roam the earth, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, so we must remain diligent (1 Pet 5:8), but more likely, it is demonic influence that we face. That’s because Satan is not omnipresent. He has to roam about on the earth, but Satan is the god of this world and will try to influence the leaders of this world, and he’s done a very good job, don’t you think, but even this will play right into the sovereign hands of God. That’s because even the Devil is God’s Devil.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is an ordained elder of the Brethren Church and a Pastor and Prison Minister in the State of Kansas, but also a writer at Christian Quotes and What Christians Want to Know which address questions about the Bible. He also plants ministries like nursing home ministries, Outreach for the poor, and other evangelistic activities, and check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    I swear, you get more bizarre, delusional and infantile with every ridiculous willfully ignorant essay.

    Demonstrate the existence of this invisible undetectable agent called “satan” Show that this “being” actually exists and plays a role in this absurd drama you mindlessly believe is being played out for your deities amusement.

    “God allows him to roam the earth, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,”

    Tell me janitor jack..what does this say about your all loving “god” that he would allow his “children” to be “devoured”?

    What a low opinion you have of your deity who despite being all powerful and eternal is obsessed with this tiny planet and this ego boosting drama he plays with his little toys.

    “That’s because even the Devil is God’s Devil.” LOL….so this “devil” knows the playbook but runs around frantically even as “he” knows how it ends and how futile his efforts are….you have to be out of your skull insane to swallow this tripe.

    Is the Earth flat jack? Do little red demons sit on your shoulder whispering in your ear?

    “Satan sealed his own fate by rebelling against God, and will face a final torment that is simply indescribable.”….But jack, it’s all part of the omnipotent, omniscient “gods” plan! You know, the one that includes unspeakable suffering for eternity if one doesn’t kiss the deities ass and sing his praises all day and night….wow! You are one sick man. If you weren’t surrounded by equally delusional people you would be in a mental institution under strict medical care.

    “This is the true horror of religion…that people by the billions believe what only lunatics could believe on their own” SH

  • pud

    No sense knowing the truth of your mythology is there jack? No point in understanding your delusional claims as being completely contrary to the actual historical evidence is there jack? Why dwell in reality eh? You’d have get an actual job that didn’t involve lying to people and indoctrinating children with terror tactics…can’t have that can you?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8XQbqZUkms

  • Susan Jane Elohim
  • Susan Jane Elohim

    Jesus’ greatest enemy is not Satan. It is death.

    “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26).

    Google and read The Death of Death by Dr. Ernest L. Martin. On the Associates for Scriptural Knowledge site.

  • Susan Jane Elohim

    Psalm 91:3, King James Version

    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

    Charles S. Spurgeon’s explanation:

    If Moses wrote this Psalm he might represent the fowler as being in his case the king of Egypt, who sought to slay him, or the Amalekites, who pounced upon Israel in the plain, when they little expected it. If David penned it, he might have compared Saul to the fowler, for he himself says, he was hunted like a partridge upon the mountains. But we believe, if the verse be applicable to either of those cases, it was intended by the Psalmist not to have a private interpretation, but to be applicable to all time; and we believe it is spoken concerning that arch-enemy of souls, the great deceiver, Satan, of whom we just now sang,

    “Satan, the fowler, who betrays
    Unguarded souls a thousand ways.”

    “The prince of the power of this world, the spirit which still worketh in the children of disobedience,” is like a fowler, always attempting to destroy us. It was once said by a talented writer, that the old devil was dead, and that there was a new devil now; by which he meant to say, that the devil of old times was a rather different devil from the deceiver of these times.

    More here:

    The Snare of the Fowler
    http://www.romans45.org/spurgeon/sermons/0124.htm

  • If Satan does not exist, then he can have no power. People are responsible for any evil that they commit. How do we know that invisible entities like Satan, demons, angels, god(s), fairies, leprechauns, goblins etc. exist? We don’t but we can find no, or little, evidence for their existence, yet some people have claimed to “know” that these entities exist. How do we distinguish between the deranged, the deluded and those who are sane, but mistaken?

    Sure, evil exists and good exist. But what evidence is there for invisible entities?. Can holy books written by ignorant and deranged savages tell you? What reliance do we place on religious gurus to tell us the truth? What good are temples, mosques, synagogues or churches for finding the truth about these matters?

    • pud

      Actually “good” and “evil” do not “exist”….both are subjective descriptions of human behavior. What’s “good” or “evil” to one person or culture may or not be the same for another. The religious need “good” and “evil” to be actual things but in truth they are just “descriptions” or “concepts” having no form or substance. Not trying to be a nit picker but words matter a lot to me and clear definition of terms is critical to solid arguments.

      • I wasn’t implying that “good” and “evil” imply objective concepts of morality that are true for all time, but only that concepts of “good” and “evil” exist, whether we agree with particular concepts of them or not.

        Perhaps I should have said that various concepts of good and evil exist in that different people hold to different concepts and these concepts are not made up by invisible beings but by humans whose cultures often differ and such concepts often differ due to different philosophies or different social structures and other factors that exist over time.

      • Hey Pud,

        If you want a good laugh, have a look at what those religious Charismatic and Pentecostal nuts wrote over at Charisma magazine on “Can You Be Raped By the Devil?”. Many of them believe that the devil can rape people and that there are demons called Succubus and Incubus who can also rape people. How deranged can these crackpots be? They urgently need to visit a psychiatrist. (See the link that I provided to this article, to that religious fruitcake calling herself Susan Jane Elohim)

        • pud

          Holy shit! I can’t look! But we all know of course that demons do rape women and leave telltale marks on them which is why we don’t suffer witches to live. LOL!

          • And a holy ghost supposedly got a virgin pregnant!

          • Yes! And these sanctimonious religious nuts burned innocent women over whom they held religious and political power for hundreds of years. John Calvin, that Protestant Reformer, said that the authorities should use the type of wood that burns slowly so that they could roast these unfortunate women and make them suffer even more with a slow, agonizing death. What a champion of compassion, he was!

          • pud

            It’s estimated that “christians” killed as many as 300,000 “witches” to save their souls. Clearly they were doing the work of the lord! Neighbors cow dies? WITCH! BURN HER! Birthmark? WITCH! BURN HER! This is what you get when your world view is crafted from a book written by primitive barbaric ignorant savages.

          • You are right! The holy book is the major problem. It’s written by barbaric savages. No compassionate person could write much of the stuff that is written in the bible and is said to be commanded by Yahweh.

  • pud

    “god” limits “satans” power but doesn’t eliminate it…thus allowing “satan” to inflict suffering while this “god” watches…got it!

  • DDRLSGC

    If God threw the Devil down into Hades, then why does the Devil keep going in and out of Hades like it was a revolving door. God must be one lousy jailer if he can’t keep the Devil lock up.

    • Jack Wellman

      Obviously, you’ve not read much of the Bible

      • DDRLSGC

        Sorry, but if the lord can’t keep the devil lock up, then he is not all powerful as people proclaim that he is. You have a lot of Christians like Pat Robinson who have been reading the Bible since the day they were born and still don’t understand the concepts of it let alone practice what they preach.

  • Jack Wellman

    Please believers, pray for all these trolls you see “commenting.”. They are so lost and full of hate and anger. Only God can save them.

    • The topic is “How God Limits Satan’s Power”.

      Some of us don’t believe in the existence of God or Satan. This doesn’t mean that we hate invisible beings nor that we are angry. You seem to assume that any criticism of the bible is criticism of God. Is this because you presuppose that all of the bible is God-breathed?

      The OT says that Israel should not allow a witch to live. Nowhere does the NT say this explicitly but many Christians, in times past, supported burning “witches” at the stake based on the OT command.

      Now Christians might deal with this command in different ways. Some might say that capital punishment ought to be applied to witches. Some dominion theologians (that subset called Theonomists) support this view because they say that OT laws were meant to be applied to all nations.

      Other Christians would say that Jesus is the Word of God and that the OT command for capital punishment to be applied to witches no longer applies. Some would say that Jesus implied that capital punishment ought to be abolished (e.g. the women caught in the act of adultery).

      Other Christians would say that not all of the bible is the Word of God. Some Progressive Christians would say that we should love God through loving our needy neighbour including our enemies. So commands to execute witches would be seen by some of these Christians as not coming from God, even though they are in the bible.

      Do you place progressive Christians in the same camp as atheists and agnostics? And why do you think that atheists are wrong to critique the bible? Weren’t some parts of the bible written by barbaric, bloodthirsty, violent and ignorant savages who created Yahweh in their own likeness? It’s a good thing today that most Christians don’t support capital punishment for witches. A very big problem, if it was applied today, would be how to identify a “witch”. In the past many vulnerable and innocent women were accused of witchcraft and burnt at the stake. How did God limit Satan’s power when many innocent women were burnt while some Christians cheered the burning on?