Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28). Satan cannot touch us without God’s permission. The story of Job is an example of this protection: Satan had to ask God’s permission before he did anything to Job. The same is true with us.
With most of us, God’s purposes don’t include our dying a violent, premature death. But for some, God may choose that they glorify Him with a martyr’s death. If so, there is not fear in it because of the great grace that comes along with it.
Knowing this can increase your boldness in confronting Satan when he approaches you as a roaring lion. One of the reasons the prowling lion roars as he does is to strike fear into the hearts of those who hear him.
Satan does this. He breathes threats of physical harm and pain against those who follow Jesus. He will taunt you with thoughts of torture and mutilation at the hands of vicious persecutors.
But Jesus says, “Don’t fear him!” Satan can’t touch you without God’s permission. And if it should be that God chooses you to glorify Him by your death, what greater calling could there be than to be numbered with God’s apostles and prophets in the way you die.
But even if that were to be the case for you, Satan can’t touch your soul. As you thus confront him, unafraid of his taunts and willing to pour your life out unto death, you will overcome Satan with still another irresistible weapon from your divine arsenal.
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
Revelations 12:9-11 says, “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.’ ”
When Satan comes to you in any way he can, you can overcome him. God has fully equipped you to do so. There is no ‘fiery dart’ he can hurl at you that you cannot quench with the weapons God has put in your hands.
Remember, when he comes as the tempter, don’t resist the temptation. Rather turn and flee from it. Resist Satan, and he will have to flee from you.
When he comes to accuse you, don’t deny his accusations. Remember: Agree with your adversary quickly! Quickly acknowledge your sins and shortcomings and affirm what Jesus had done with them. Thus you will throw down the accuser of the brethren because of the blood of Jesus, God’s Lamb.