The Devil's Deficiencies

J. D. Conley
June 26, 2016

Far too often Christians concede ground to the Devil thereby granting him far more power than he actually has. Too many saints fail to see that Satan can always be resisted, (Ephesians 4:27, James 4:7, 1Corinthians 10:13, John 5:18). Not only can he be resisted, he can be defeated (Philippians 4:13, Colossians 2:15, Acts 26:18, Hebrews 2:14, Revelation 2:10; 20:10). While it is true we have a very formidable foe (1Peter 5:8), and a fiercely cunning adversary (Ephesians 6:11, 2Corinthians 11:14), it must be recognized that he is vulnerable and his vulnerabilities must be exploited. In order to defeat and overthrow our arch nemesis, let us consider his glaring weaknesses:

He Is Not Omnipresent - While he is fleet of hoof, he is not everywhere at the same time, (Job 1:6-7; 2:2). The Devil is certainly busy and quick, but he has to be constantly on the move to carry out his deeds. The phrase "going to and fro in the earth," proves he cannot be everywhere at once.

He Is Not Omnipotent - His power is limited, (Job 2:6). If not, what hope would mankind have? By definition, if Satan were all powerful then it would necessarily mean God is not. But because God is all powerful (Jeremiah 32:27), that must mean Satan is not. The omnipotent God will one day cast Satan into the lake of fire, (Revelation 20:10).

He Is Not Omniscient - His knowledge has boundaries. As the Tempter he can try us, but he does not know our reaction ahead of time. He takes chances hoping to sway us with the power of temptation, he no doubt did this with the Lord, (Matthew 4:1-11). If Satan knew Jesus would steadfastly resist him three times, why was he so persistent? He has to "seek those to devour," (1Peter 5:8), i.e. he has to go out and search for the weak and gullible. This implicates the Devil as a discoverer, instead of all-knowing

He Is Not Intrepid - Whereas he is bold and brazen in his approach, underneath all his bravado beats the heart of a coward. He has to use every arsenal in his cache in order to build up his nerve to confront us. All it takes to send him packing is a stem "get thee behind me, Satan!" He is an enemy that will flee, if stood up against, (James 4:17). How happy we can be that he is a Devil who departs, (Matthew 4:11)! If the iron resolve in our minds is present, He will not stand and fight toe to toe.

The Devil has these deficiencies and more, nevertheless, he is persistent, active, deceptive and persuasive. But he can be stopped dead in his tracks, provided we have the will to do so! May we not be ignorant of his deficiencies, nor his devices, (2 Corinthians 2:11).