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Power Over Satan

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No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Satan knows our weaknesses from observing our behaviors, and he tempts us with sinful desires at the opportune time. If we depend on the power of God for an escape from Satan, and we can be victorious.

Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:14-15) Once we are tempted by an evil desire and after desire has conceived, or when our emotions take control; we yield to the temptation.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) If we capture our tempting thought, and immediately make it obedient to Christ, we can be victorious. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21) This verse is the foundation of escaping temptation, and requires we find something good to replace our sinful thought.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms 119:11) The power to overcome temptation comes from the Lord; and we memorize scriptures that give us power to fight Satan.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12) When we are tempted, we are not fighting self to overcome, but we are fighting Satan and his demons in the dark forces of the spiritual world.

Today, pray for the Lord’s strength to overcome temptation, seek self-control from the Spirit.

Prayer: Lord, guide me to escape every temptation from Satan. Help me to remember scriptures that will change my thoughts and lead me to victory over Satan. In Jesus’ name, Amen