We know what successful resistance looks like because we have the perfect example in the temptation of Jesus Christ ( Matthew 4:1-11 ). Satan told Jesus, you’re hungry. A body has to eat. Go ahead and make yourself some bread. you deserve to win the attention of the people. Go ahead and jump.” you can have these kingdoms right now. Just bow down to me. I can guarantee you that nothing you and I will ever face will compare with the temptations Jesus faced. And he answered every one of them with the word of God: It is written. After Jesus used the word on Satan, the Bible says Satan left Him ( Matthew 4:11 ). When you resist the devil with the word of God, you pull out the lion’s teeth. So when Satan comes and tells you, you’ll never really change, you can tell him, I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. I have been raised with Christ. I am setting my mind on things above, not on things below” (see 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1 ). The next time Satan lies to you and says, you’ll never be free of your problem,” tell him, you’re a liar, because God said anyone whom Jesus has set free is free indeed” ( see John 8:36 ). Remind the devil God’s is truth ( John 17:17 ), and that the truth sets people free ( John 8:32 ). Satan will leave you alone, because he can’t stand up to the word.
Satan even has his own fake form of Christianity. He has phony doctrine (1 Timothy 4:1 ) as well as being able to produce phony miracles. The devil even has a counterfeit communion table. That’s why Paul said, you cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons” ( 1 Corinthians 10:21 ). Satan also offers a counterfeit spirituality ( Galatians 3:2-3 ) based upon a counterfeit gospel ( Galatians 1:11-12 ). And to propagate his program, the devil has his own false teachers. Paul warned the church at Corinth of men who were “false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ” ( 2 Corinthians 11:13 ). Since Satan can make himself look like one of the good guys ( v.14 ). he can do the same for his servants.