The Good, The Bad, & Satan
Satan is not a rival to God nor an equal to God. He can only act within the limits that God has set for him, and only with such powers as the Lord permits. Yet as an enemy he is dangerous. Without the protection and saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ, no human being would be able to withstand the attacks of the prince of darkness.
Our hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
When all around our souls give way
He then is our hope and stay
The triumph of the gospel is the fact that even those heavily bound by the devil’s power can be gloriously liberated by the power of Christ.
Ungodly people are able to live peacefully so long as they remain in the “world”. Only when the desire to be born again enters their heart does the trouble start. The rule is quite simple: the devil does not trouble a person so long as he remains his servant.
Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.
And herein lies the problem: most people believe they are wounded by God or by Christians, they are wounded by people who falsely represent him.
So who is Satan really?
Satan is the prince of this world and known as the power of the air-the ruler of darkness of this world. He is the spirit that works in all disobedient people. (Ephesians 2:2)
Many are unreceptive to the gospel since the devil has blinded their eyes or produced an animosity in their hearts towards God.
Every Christian who seeks to oppose the enemy by relying on the victory that Christ achieved and he who persists in his struggles to free the demonically oppressed, can be certain his prayers will be answered. This is the basis of Christian Counseling because scripture tells us that the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)
Any person who accepts Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior, who makes it his aim to follow him, will be able to find deliverance from all forms of demonic oppression.
In cases where oppression is still in its early stages, deliverance usually occurs during the first few sessions of Christian Counseling. If however the person concerned has committed certain grave sins, or if the Christian Counselor fails to make use the Armor of God and lacks knowledge of Christian Warfare, then deliverance may take considerable time. Some things have to peel like an onion. One layer at a time. Similarly if the oppressed person is unprepared to surrender himself completely to Christ, he leaves Satan footholds in his life.
A person in this situation can easily give anyone the impression of being born again through certain changes which start taking place in his character. But he will be unconscious of the subtle attacks and promptings of the devil which will make him from time to time do things against his own will. It is true he no longer loves sin and yet he will still find himself doing the evil that he hates. (Romans 7:15, 19)
In this case the remnant of the demonic remains. This means that although the person is not in bondage to the devil any longer- Satan still seduces him in all sorts of ways.
We see a warning of this in scripture. (Matthew 12:43) that when an unclean spirit leaves a man, it passes through dry places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says ‘I will return to the house I left’ when it arrives it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes with it and takes seven spirits more wicked than itself and the final condition of that person is worse than than the first.
So theres more to Christian Counseling than being set free from an ungodly issue. The above passage tells us that we have to involve ourself in Godly fellowship and community and discipleship. If we clean the house but leave it empty with out pouring into the soul the word of God and surround ourselves with Holy Spirit filled discipleship we are destined to back slide in to the schemes of the enemy.
Ephesians 4:11-17 talk about this:
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints.. so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and be carried about by every wind of doctrine”
However the more the Spirit of God takes control of the life of the believer, the more victories that believer will begin to experience. And yet if the devil sees that he is about to lose one of his captives, he may launch a number of last minute attacks in order to prevent his victim slipping from his grasp when his victim makes a decisive step of faith. This may result in the baby Christian experiencing a considerable emotional crisis, so much that he is in serious danger of relapse. Yet with the Christian Counselor’s help, if the person makes a complete and final committal of his life into the Savior’s hands, and if the enemy is commanded to leave in the name of Jesus, the final victory is always Christ’s.