“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV).
Satan is not a figment of the imagination; he is a real evil personality. The Scripture clearly attests to the existence of a real devil who is a sworn or avowed enemy of God’s people (Matt. 13:39, John 8:44, 1 John 3:8, 10, Rev. 12:17).
The Scripture states: “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8 NKJV).
“In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10 NKJV).
In His explanation of the parable of the tares of the field to His disciples, the Lord Jesus reveals that: “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. “The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.” (Matt. 13:38-39 NKJV).
Therefore, the believers are admonished to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8-9 NKJV).
And to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph. 6:11 NKJV).
While it is true that there is an evil and unrepentant devil who is going to and fro on the earth and who is unrelenting in his mission to steal, kill and destroy, yet God’s children are not expected to be overly devil-conscious or preoccupied with the devil.
One of the major symptoms of today’s Church spiritual illness and immaturity is “devil-consciousness.”
Many believers today are too preoccupied with the devil. They are always thinking and speaking of what the devil is doing or might do. They are always looking out for the devil in every person, thing or situation. Their minds are fixed on the devil and not on God!
Being overly devil-conscious will do you no good. It will only magnify the work, power and presence of the devil in your life and situation. It will breed fear, worry, anxiety or restlessness in your mind. It will also diminish or belittle God’s work, power and presence in your life and situation.
It is so sad but true that many believers today are dealing with the devil as though the Lord Jesus Christ has not disarmed and defeated the devil through His death and resurrection. When you are devil-conscious, you are obviously not conscious of Christ’s victory over the devil through the Cross.
The Scripture attests to Christ’s complete victory over the devil and his cohorts in Hebrews 2:
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
And also in Colossians 2:
14 He canceled the bond which stood against us–the bond that consisted of ordinances–and which was directly hostile to us! He has taken it out of our way by nailing it to the cross!
15 He rid himself of all the Powers of Evil, and held them up to open contempt, when he celebrated his triumph over them on the cross! (TCNT).
The only infallible antidote to being Satan-conscious is to be God-conscious! This requires a radical and conscious change in your perspective, in your way of thinking, in your mindset or mentality.
You must fix or stay your mind on God if you want to appropriate, experience and enjoy the complete victory that Christ has won for you over the devil. You will never experience perfect peace by fixing your mind on the devil.
God will keep you in perfect peace if you stay your mind on God and not on the devil. The Scripture assures, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isa. 26:3 NKJV).
When your mind is preoccupied with God or your thoughts revolve around God, God will keep you in perfect peace notwithstanding the devil and his activities. When you are consciously and consistently meditating on what Christ has done for you through His death on the cross and what He is doing for you and in you; Christ’s awesome presence and power will pervade your life and situation.
If the devil cannot get you to think or meditate on him constantly and continuously, he cannot beset or torment you with fear constantly and continuously.
Regrettably, many of the special prayer and deliverance services in our churches today are borne out of the fear of the devil. They are simply borne out of undue preoccupation and meditation on the devil and his activities.
Many “false prophets and deliverance ministers” are flourishing today by simply making the undiscerning people to be more devil-conscious. All that they perceive, receive, reveal or prophesy to the gullible souls patronizing them is what the devil has done, or what the devil is doing, or what the devil wants to do in their lives, families, finances, careers or businesses. They are a bunch of liars and exploiters!
Satan is a disarmed and defeated foe. Christ’s victory over the devil and his cohorts through the cross is absolute, undeniable and incontestable (Col. 2:15, Eph. 4:8). If you are truly born again, the victory Christ won over the devil is now your own victory.
You have triumphed over the devil through Christ!
Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. “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 10:18-19 NKJV).
Being Satan-conscious is nothing but an expression of unbelief in God’s Word!
How then should a born-again believer deal with the devil?
First, the Scripture admonishes you not to give any place, room, or opportunity to the devil (Eph. 4:27).
Sin always gives the devil an inroad or foothold in your life. So, don’t toy with sin, or cover, accommodate or tolerate any sin in your life.
The Scripture warns, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” (Prov. 28:13 NKJV).
If you sin, promptly repent and confess your sin to God and receive or appropriate by faith the forgiveness and cleansing in the blood of Jesus.
The Scripture assures, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV).
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2 NKJV).
Second, the Scripture admonishes you to always put on the whole armour of God.
13 Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace;
16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken word of God. (WEB).
Lastly, anytime the devil shows up, you must resist him, standing firm in the victory that Christ has won for you and exercising the authority Christ has given you.
The Scripture says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (Jam. 4:7 NKJV).
When you resist or stand up against the devil, he will flee from you. But, when you are preoccupied with the devil, he will draw near to you and put you to flight. This is why many believers today who should put devil to flight are the one fleeing from one prophet to another and from one church to another because of the fear of the devil.
Beloved, you cannot enjoy constant, consistent and continuous victory over the devil unless you consciously and consistently fix your mind on God. Always look out for God – His doing, His power, His goodness and presence in your life and situation.
When you are obsessed or preoccupied with God, you will see and deal with the devil as a defeated foe. Therefore, begin today to fix your mind on God and God will keep you in perfect peace in spite of the devil and his activities in this evil and troubled world.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for showing me today how to see and deal with the devil regardless of his roaring. Dear Holy Spirit, help me to continually fix my mind only on God and what God is doing in my life and situation, in Jesus’ name. Amen.