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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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A Toothless Roar

Beth Jones

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith…" 1 Peter 5:8-9, NKJV

We have an enemy. He walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Notice, he is not a roaring lion – he just tries to act like a roaring lion. The reality is: he has a toothless roar!

That's because Jesus completely defeated the devil and disarmed and defanged him! Jesus has given us the authority of His Name to enforce Satan's defeat. Stand strong in Christ and let the enemy know he MAY NOT devour you. 

Has the enemy been roaring in your ear? Enforce his defeat. Here are a few reminders…

1. Satan is Defeated: "Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2:15, NKJV) Jesus completely disarmed the devil and the host of hell and He has armed us with spiritual weapons that have divine power! We need to know our position as victors through Jesus Christ.

2. Use Your Authority: "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19, NKJV) Not only did Jesus completely defeat Satan through the cross; He gave us the authority to use His Name to enforce Satan's defeat. Use it!  

3. Yield to the Greater One: "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4, NKJV) No matter what the enemy throws against us, the Greater One lives in us. He is greater and His power in and through us is greater than anything we face!

4. Remember, You Win: "And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly." (Romans 16:20, NKJV) Not only did Jesus defeat Satan on the cross and give us His authority to exercise now…He will ultimately crush Satan once and for all! Jesus is Lord, He won and we win!

Forget what the devil is doing, focus on what God is doing! God is still the Creator of the ends of the earth. Jesus is still Lord. The Holy Spirit is still the Greater One. The Lord is searching the whole earth to show Himself strong on our behalf! "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." (2 Chronicles 16:9, NKJV)

Say This: “Father, I thank You that Jesus completely defeated the devil on the cross. You have disarmed Satan and you have armed me. I declare that the Name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus and the Word of God dominate my life and I enforce the devil's defeat. He may not devour me; I resist him and I stand strong in the faith. I thank You that Your eyes find me and You show Yourself strong in my life! In Jesus' Name, Amen.”