Max Solbrekken, D.D.
to fight the Devil
to Conquer the devil
to have power over the devil, demons & evil spirits
Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
devil is real, he is your enemy. The devil wants to destroy you.
through DEATH He might DESTROY him that had the power of death, that is
the DEVIL: And DELIVER them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14-15)
the past 40 years, I
have had the privilege of counseling people who have written, telephoned
or approached me privately regarding family and personal problems or other
crisis, in which they were deeply involved.
often call, muttering on the other end of line, "Why did I do it?
What makes me drink? I've got to pull myself together. I'm losing my
often end up by saying, "I hadn't planned to do it, Pastor.
What went wrong"? Or they might say, "The devil made me do
it, the devil made me do it".
few years ago a Hollywood comedian got a lot of laughs out of his
supposedly funny quip, "The Devil Made Me Do It." That
doesn't seem funny anymore, after the movies that have stirred millions,
like Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen.
Son of Sam, the Hillside Strangler, Charles Manson and the Sharon Tate
killings, together with ritualistic killings by the occultists and devil
worshippers have proved that. Homosexual murdered like John W. Gacey,
who sexually violated little boys and then murdered them, have left
a solemn imprint on us all, regarding the devil's ability to make people
do his bidding.
Bible states that some people are led by the devil, to do evil things.
Those, however, who are taken captive by him - at his will - are able to
extricate themselves from his evil grasp by calling upon Jesus Christ and
trusting in His shed blood for the redemption of their souls! "And
that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are
taken captive by him at his will." (2 Timothy 2:26)
time ago a Protestant denomination spent in excess of one million dollars
to investigate and research the topic of demons and other related matters.
After a year of studies they came up with the conclusion that there is no
is their reasoning: "If they would preach that there is a personal
devil, people might become disturbed emotionally, so it's better to do
away with the doctrine that there is a personal devil."
HOW ARROGANT, IGNORANT, UNCONSCIONABLE, DISHONEST & UNBIBLICAL.
you can rely on God's Word and the truth is that there is indeed a very
alive, real, personal devil that is the enemy of God and the enemy of man.
This however, does not disturb the children of God, because the Bible says:
is He that is in you, that he that is in the world."
(1 John 4:4)
Scripture offers great comfort to multiplied millions of Christians.
Our faith in Jesus puts the devil on notice, that we are off limit to his
insidious attacks and that we have the authority to disrupt his plans and
OUR FAITH IS IN JESUS CHRIST - SATAN HAS NO POWER OVER US
devil has absolutely no power over us when our faith is in Christ, for
Jesus said: "Behold
I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the
power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Scripture offers great comfort to multiplied millions of Christians! Our
faith in Jesus puts the devil on notice, that we are off-limit to his
insidious attacks and that we have the authority to disrupt his plans and
has absolutely no power over us when our faith is in Christ, for Jesus
I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the
power of the enemy: and
nothing shall by any means hurt you".
(Luke 10:19) The Bible says "Submit
yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil, and he will flee
the demons were afraid of Jesus and fled when He commanded them to go,
they must also obey us when we speak with faith and authority in the name
demons screamed out, "Let us alone, what
have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy
us? I know thee who thou art the Holy One of God. Art thou
come hither to torment us before our time"? (Mark 1:24)
may say: "But that was Jesus"! True! How about a
Spirit-filled deacon by the name of Philip who went down to Samaria and
preached Christ to them?
had such a great revival that the entire city came to hear him preach and
multitudes received the Lord Jesus: "For
unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were
possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were
healed." (Acts 8:7)
Holy Record reports that the devil's power was broken and evil spirits had
to surrender to the commands of a Spirit-filled servant of God. No
wonder Philip had such power of the devil. Jesus had promised: "And
these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out
devils." (Mark 16:17)
CAST OUT THE SPIRIT OF DIVINATION
fortune-teller troubled Paul and Silas in the city of Philippi for several
days. After the spirit of divination was discerned and cast out of
her by St. Paul, she was unable to continue 'telling fortunes'. Paul
and Silas were jailed and bound in a dungeon, but God sent an earthquake
to set them free. And the jailer was converted through this great
it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a
spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by
soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men
are the servants of the most High God, which shows unto us the way of
salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being
grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of
Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same
hour." (Acts 16:16-18)
Scripture says: "And God wrought special
miracles by the hands of Paul. So that from this body were brought
unto the sick, handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from
them, and the evil spirits went out of them." (Acts
the exorcists heard of St. Paul's success in casting of demons in Jesus'
name, seven sons of a certain religious man tried unsuccessfully to
duplicate that miracle.
certain of the vagabond Jews, Exorcists, took upon them to call over them
which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus saying, We adjure you by
Jesus Whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a
Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit
answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know: but who are ye?"
the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and
prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and
wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling
at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was
magnified." (Acts 19:13-17)
evil spirit within this possessed man cried out to the seven sons of Sceva.
"Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye"? The
original Greek actually reads: "Jesus I know, and Paul I am beginning
to know". Words had sprung through the devil's kingdom, and
demons everywhere were talking about Paul's revivals. They knew
Jesus and they were beginning to know Paul, but who were these seven sons
of Sceva? They had no faith in God; they had no standing of
righteousness, and the devil would not obey them.
Bible records: "And when He (Jesus) had called unto Him His twelve
disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out,
and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases."
(Matthew 10:1) The Scripture declares that no only do we have power
against unclean spirits, but we also have power over them. "And
he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and
two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;"
Lord Jesus gave the apostles power to cast out devils: "As
ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the
sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye
have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:7-8) The
Holy Record states: "And they cast out
devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them."
GAVE THE 70 HIS POWER TO CAST OUT DEVILS
these things the Lord appointed another seventy also, and sent them two
and two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself
would come." (Luke 10:1) The Bible says that they
returned with great joy, and said: "Lord,
even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name."
(Luke 10:17) To this Jesus answered: "I
beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (Luke 10:18)
Jesus was saying - I was there when the devil was defeated; I saw him cast
out of heaven - I saw him fall as lightning to the earth. I saw his
power broken and his works destroyed.
ALSO HAVE POWER OVER THE DEVIL, DEMONS & EVIL SPIRITS
we also have power over the devil. We have POWER OVER THE DEVIL and
POWER AGAINST THE DEVIL. The
Bible says, "Behold,
I give unto you power to: tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all
the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
had to obey when Jesus spoke to him! Demons screamed out in terror
when Jesus came near. The devils trembled and feared and obeyed the
command of the Master. The devil, demons and evil spirits must also
obey us, when we use the name of Jesus in faith.
CAME TO DESTROY SATAN'S WORK
Bible says: "As
He is, so are we in this world." (1
John 4:17) NOW - TODAY. We have His power today! "Now
are we the sons of God." (1 John
3:2) We are children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus
Christ. "And if children, then
heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer
with him, that we may be also glorified together."
SAID: "HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME, THE WORKS THAT I DO SHALL HE DO
wonder Jesus said: "He
that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater
works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father."
(John 14:12) Yes, my beloved friend, you and I as Christians have
power over the devil, we have power against the devil to bind him, to cast
him out and to destroy the works of the devil.
Bible says: "How
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who
went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil;
for God was with Him." (Acts 10:38)
Jesus said: "The
thief (the devil) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it
more abundantly." (John 10:10)
No wonder St. John said: "For
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the
works of the devil."
(1 John 3:8)
only did Jesus come to this earth to destroy the works of the devil, but
to destroy Satan himself. The write to the Hebrews (probably St.
Paul) states unequivocally: "Forasmuch
then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself
likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH He might DESTROY him
that had the power of death, that is the DEVIL; And to DELIVER them who
through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
(Hebrews 2:14, 15)
- THE DEVIL IS THE HATED ENEMY OF GOD & MAN
is the hated enemy of God and man, but our Lord has given His children
power over him.
shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh unto thy
declared: "Nothing shall be any means hurt you". "That
wicked one cometh and hath nothing in Me." St. Paul
said, "Sin shall not have dominion over you."
DEVIL - SATAN HAS NO POWER OVER US
our Lord stated, "I give unto you power over all the power of the
enemy." Jesus has given us power against all unclean spirits,
to cast them out. SATAN IS POWERLESS OVER US.
Bible does not say that Satan has power over us; to put disease upon us,
to make us fearful, to hurt us or to injure us. A THOUSAND TIMES NO.
Bible says: "Submit yourself
therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
(James 4:7) "The
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Whom resist steadfast in the faith." (1
Peter 5:8, 9)
IS TRUE - YOU AND I AS CHRISTIANS HAVE POWER OVER THE DEVIL
have overcome the world." (John
16:33) St. Paul declared: "Nay,
in all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
(Romans 8:37) The
Apostle to the Gentiles cried out: "I
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Word of God says: "Who shall separate
us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in
all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Bible speaks of Satan's total defeat: "At
the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things
in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:10-11) Praise God.
called the devil Satan, which means the ADVERSARY, and Satan is the
adversary of God and the devil Satan is the adversary of man. HE IS
OUR GREATEST ENEMY! The devil is responsible for sin, sickness,
disease, fear, depression, torment and death. Satan (the devil)
conspired against God. The devil led a revolt against the Almighty.
Satan (the devil) is indeed the adversary. St. Peter said: "Be
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
(1 Peter 5:8)
Scripture tells us about a man who planted good seed in a field and in the
morning, tares had sprung up among the wheat. The husbandman said: "An
enemy hath done this."
- THE DEVIL IS YOUR WORST ENEMY
my beloved friend, the devil is your enemy! The devil works through
the flesh, through the world through his evil emissaries, the demons.
Satan (the devil) is highly organized; the devil is out to defeat the
purposes of God even though he knows he has NO chance of succeeding, for
he has been defeated.
Calvary's cross Jesus cried, "It is finished." (John 19:30)
The Greek word that Jesus used here is tetelastai. Tetelestai means
that the work of Christ to redeem lost mankind has been completed.
cried out "Tetelestai", bowed His head and gave up the
ghost. At that moment the veil in the temple in Jerusalem was torn
from its top to the bottom, opening the way to God through His Son's
vicarious death on the cross. The word 'tetelstai' comes from a
Greek verb teleo, which has three essential meanings:
to fulfill something
to pay what is owed
Christ had just completed the plan of the ages, the salvation of the human
race. He had fulfilled every Old Testament Scriptures that the
prophets had written about the coming Messiah, and He had paid our sin
debt in full so that we could be saved.
days and three nights later, God raised Jesus Christ from the dead for our
justification, and forever sealed the doom of the devil in the lake of
fire. (Acts 2:31-34; Acts 3:14-15; Acts 4:1, 10; Romans
WARFARE - THE BATTLE WE ARE FIGHTING IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE
Bible reveals that the battle we are fighting is NOT CARNAL. It is
not a natural, ordinary battle, but is of a spiritual nature. We
have God's weapons and we have power with God over the devil. "For
the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high
thing that exalteth itseldf against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." (2
have power over the devil (Luke 10:19) for we are ambassadors of the
kingdom of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20) We are servants of the living
God; (Romans 6:22) sons and daughters of God; (2 Corinthians 6:18) heirs
and joint-heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
are bone of Jesus' bone and flesh of His flesh; (Ephesians 5:30) our
bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost, (1 Corinthians 6:19) and we are
members of the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
does not have dominion over us. (Romans 6:14) Satan (the devil) does
not have power over us. We have power over the flesh, the world and
the devil, because we are God's people. We are God's children.
(Galatians 3:26) As He is, so are we in this world! (1 John 4:17)
The Bible states that the 'Old Man' is dead and that we are "hid with
Christ in God"! (Colossians 3:3)
Scriptures reveal that there are demons who work against God's children
and against God's will:
"Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that
thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before
thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words."
the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but,
lo, Michael, one of the chief princes came to help me; and I remained
there with the kings of Persia."
believe that Satan is highly organized and has some powerful generals,
captains, lieutenants and others in his diabolical army, whose duty is to
harass, tempt, condemn, seduce, deceive, destroy, steal, kill and murder
God's children and try to thwart the purposes of God and do harm to His
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." (Philippians
2:5) We can have the mind of Christ. "Let
the word of God dwell in you richly." (Colossians
3:16) Jesus is the Living Word and the Bible is the written word.
When we read the Bible and allow God's Word free course, Christ dwells
within us. Upon receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, Christ
is formed within us and we are born again. The Bible says: "If
any man have not met the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." (Romans
we receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, however, the Holy Spirit fills
us and takes up permanent residence within us. Jesus said:
"He is with you and He shall be in you."
The Bible says: "And
they were all filled with the Holy Ghost..."
though the devil is highly organized and seeks to destroy us, and even
though he is constantly try to afflict, depress and torment, we can drive
him out: "Draw
nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you."
When you draw nigh to God and God draws nigh to you, you receive power
over the devil. The Bible says: "If
our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And
whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him..." (1
Scripture says: "There
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
(Romans 8:1) Sin is what destroys the confidence we have in God.
Sin is a faith destroyer. Sin destroys our confidence in God and in
ourselves and allows the devil to slip in with his evil, devious, wicked
and sinister devices to harass us, stop us, or destroy us.
have power over him, however, for the Bible says: "They
overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony." (Revelation 12:11)
We can stop the devil, for the Bible says: "When
the enemy, (the devil) shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of God shall
lift up a standard against him." (Isaiah
59:19) The standard that the Holy Spirit lifts up stops the devil
and he can proceed only so far; he can go no further.
devil complained to God: "You have
put a hedge around Job. You are protecting him."
And that's true, God has placed a
hedge around His people, and I believe that when the devil comes in like a
flood to destroy, kill and murder, the Spirit of God raises up a standard
to stop him. We are surrounded by the power of the Lord.
are covered with His blood and filled with His Spirit. The Word of
God is within our hearts. We have the name of Jesus on our lips, the
angels protect us and we have brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for
us and stand with us. These are some of the agencies God used for
indeed, when the enemy - the devil - shall come in like a flood to
devastate and destroy, the Spirit of God will lift up a standard against
him and stop him! The devil is like a dog on a leash, with only limited
CAN ONLY GO SO FAR
God hadn't allowed the devil to attack Job, Satan couldn't have touched
him. God gave the devil
permission to touch Job's cattle, and his body, but not his life. (Job
2:6) Satan had to leave the presence of God to smite Job with sore
boils. The Bible instructs us to remember the patience of Job and
the end of the Lord. Job was
sick for approximately six months to a year, and then God healed him. He
lived for another 140 years and never had another boil, as far as the
gave Job twice as much as he had before the devil afflicted him.
Many people laughingly speak about Job's boils and say that Christians
have to suffer similarly, but the Bible records the "patience of
Job" and it also speaks about "the end of the Lord". (James
5:11) The end of the Lord was blessing, prosperity, healing, health,
joy, peace and power over the devil.
Paul wrote to Timothy: "God
hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a
sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
Evidently, Timothy was afraid and St. Paul writing to his son in the faith
saying: "You don't have to be afraid,
Timothy. God hasn't given us a spirit of fear." Fear is a
spirit and fear hath torment. The Scripture says: "Perfect love casts
out fear." (1 John 4:18)
is an evil spirit. God has
not given us any evil spirits; He has given us power over evil spirits.
has not given us a spirit of fear, but God has given us a spirit of power:
Power over fear: power of sin: power over the devil:
power over sickness: power over disease and even power over death,
which is the last enemy.
seems that Timothy had gotten cold in his soul, because St. Paul wrote: "...that
thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my
hands...Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of
me His prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the
gospel according to the power of God."
(2 Timothy 1:6,8)
Timothy had become ashamed of St. Paul and he was afraid of persecution;
afraid that he would also be persecuted. Paul said: "You
don't need to be afraid; God didn't give you that; the devil put that on
you. God has given you power, love and a sound mind."
PREPARED FOR BATTLE - - PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
to the Ephesians, St. Paul stated. "Finally,
my brethren, be strong in the
Lord, and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil. 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."
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. Stand therefore, having
your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all
the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and
the sword of the Spirit, which is he word of God; Praying always
with al prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and
thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." (Ephesians
is organized and has power, but God has all power. God is
omnipotent. The devil has wisdom, but God has all wisdom. He
is omniscient. The Wicked One, Satan is strong, but God has all
strength. The Adversary (Satan) has many demons working for him, but
God has more angels than Satan has evil spirits. Satan has many lost
souls in his camp, but God has hundreds of millions of believers across
the world, that are equipped with His mighty power. And one man with
God's power is a majority.
GAVE US POWER OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY (THE DEVIL, SATAN, DEMONS,
Christ said, "Behold,
I give unto you power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall
by any means hurt you." The
Scripture says that 'one day' an angel will come from heaven and bind
Satan, casting him into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. It
won't take ten thousand angels; it won't take a hundred angels' it will
take one angel to bind the devil and cast him into the pits of hell
forever. (Revelation 20:1-3) Hallelujah! Amen.