Torrey - Satan -4.1- Our Duty Regarding Satan

I. OUR DUTY REGARDING SATAN. 1 Peter 5:8 RV — "Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour."

First Proposition: The fact of the devil's existence, activity, and power should make us circumspect and watchful.

Carelessness and heedlessness are out of the question when such an enemy is abroad. Ephesians 4:27 — "Neither give place to the devil."

Second Proposition: We must give no place to the devil.

He is ever seeking an opening. We should see to it that he gets none. The context (v. 26) suggests how such an opening is often given, namely, by being angry and continuing in it. This door into the heart is a favorite with Satan. James 4:7 — "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

Third Proposition: We should resist the devil.

Though the devil is strong it is ours in God's strength, and by the power of the word, to withstand him ( 1 John 2:24).

Ephesians 6: 11 — "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Fourth Proposition: We should put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

That armor is fully described in verses 14-18: "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above 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 the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." 1 John 5:18 RV — "We know that whosoever is begotten of God sinneth not; but he that was begotten of God keepeth him, and the evil one toucheth him not." Colossians 1:13 — "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."

Christ guardeth and delivereth God's children from the devil's power. (Compare also John 10:28-29.)