1 John 4:4 “Greater is he (God) that is in you, than he (Satan) that is in the world.”
Any lesson on the devil may at first seem to be very negative, but as we study the scriptures, we learn that our LORD is far more powerful than the devil and this fact gives us hope and assurance as we face the “fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16).
The devil (that name means an accuser, a slanderer) is called the “god of this world.” who blinds the minds of those who believe not (II Corinthians 4:4). Jesus told us that the devil is a liar, and the father of lies.
A very informative scripture about the power of Satan is II Corinthians 2:10-11, “To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also, for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. “This same idea of Satan taking advantage of us is brought out in I Corinthians 7:5 in speaking of relations between the husband and the wife.
One illustration of Satan taking advantage of a Christian”s weakness is shown when Peter denied the Lord. Peter was a prideful, self-willed person (Luke 22:33). Jesus told him, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat (Luke 22:31). The power of Satan is shown when we see Satan taking advantage of Peter”s self-will and influencing him to curse and deny the Lord.
God”s greater power is shown when we see Peter coming to true repentance, receiving total forgiveness and then being used as an effective powerful preacher on the day of Pentecost.
Satan”s power is seen in the problems in the church at Corinth.
God”s greater power is seen in God giving grace to the members to forgive the offending brother.