Power in Us

Every believer is a threat to Satan. We may not think of ourselves as much of a threat, but when we consider that the omnipotence of God in the person of God the Holy Spirit indwells us and enables us and empowers us, then we begin to understand something of how Satan sees us.

"Greater is He who is in you," the apostle John tells us, "than he who is in the world" (1Jo 4:4). We are walking miracles, walking weapons systems. The enemy knows that and shudders. He realizes that he cannot change the fact that God is in us. He knows that we have it all; all God’s power available to us from the moment of salvation. The sovereignty, righteousness, justice, love, eternal life, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, immutability, veracity—it is all there in the Holy Spirit.

But the enemy knows something else. He knows that there is one thing we do not have as baby believers—the Word of God in our souls. Without the Word, we cannot know or use the riches that are ours. Without the Word—which is the sword—we have no weapon for the Spirit to wield against Satan (Eph 4:17; Heb 4:12). Satan knows that unless we grow, there will not be established in our souls the balance of residence between the Spirit of God and the Word of God—the balance that creates the power to defeat him.

So, the one prospect that really scares Satan is that we might grow. He is going to use all his wiles to keep us from choosing to grow because he knows that if we grow we will begin to understand that we have the same power available to us that worked in the Apostle Paul. If we grow, we will realize that God has a plan for our lives —a plan as specifically tailored to us as Paul’s was to him—a plan that will turn us into heroes of faith, and allows us to become friends of God. Whether all this will be utilized in our lives is up to us. Our free will is the one weak link between God’s power and us.


This material was originally a highlighted topic in "The Basics".

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