Overcoming The Adversary
By E. M. Bounds
The devil must be defeated. Victory over him is victory all along the line. It takes strength and valor to overcome him. He is no baby foe, no disheartened enemy. The ardor and valor of a manly faith is essential in this battle.
The Word of God is the conquering sword in this warfare. He who has his quiver full of these divine arrows, swift, strong, penetrating and deadly to Satan and to sin, will be more than conqueror over the devil. The weapon used by the Son of God in His conflict with Satan was the Word of God, and by it He conquered (Matt. 4:4-11).
"I have written unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God abideth in you, and you have overcome the wicked one" (1 John 2:14)….Fight the devil and overcome him, is John’s process of becoming fathers in spiritual power, rooted, grounded and perfected. With John, overcoming the devil is the prediction of overcoming the world.
The mighty new-birth principle makes a man watchful like a sentinel at his post, when the enemy in power is massed in the front, like a watchman on the walls of a beleaguered city and like a guard over a royal prisoner. This keeping and guarding himself, is safety against Satan’s inflaming touch. As with his Lord, so the faithful, vigilant Christian keeps himself, and Satan comes and finds nothing in him. Every point is barred and sleeplessly watched.
"We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness [the evil one]" (1 John 5:18-19). "Keeping ourselves" is the surest pledge that Satan will not keep us. Hands on ourselves in holy vigilance keeps Satan’s hands off.
Victors through the Blood
The martyr spirits who are faithful unto death, who love not their lives unto death, are victors in this warfare with the devil: "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Rev. 12:10-11).
The blood of the everlasting covenant must be sprinkled on the warriors who are victors against Satan. A clear conscious experience of the saving power of that blood and an ability to be a martyr-witness before any company at any cost mark their devotion to Christ and their experience of His salvation. "My Beloved is mine, and I am His" (Song 2:16).
Satan cannot stand an exposition of the blood of Christ. He turns pale at every view of Calvary. The flowing wounds are the signals of his retreat. A heart sprinkled with the blood is holy ground, on which he not only dares not tread, but he dreads and trembles and cowers in the presence of the blood-besprinkled warrior.
A clear-ringing word of testimony as to the power of that blood he fears more than the attack of a legion of archangels. It is like the charge of an irresistible phalanx which bears everything down before it. The devil is overcome as the blood is applied and the testimony is given to its application. And coupled with the blood is the martyr witness in life and by the tongue of the power of that blood. Together they are more of a barrier against Satan than a wall of fire.
The atoning blood, an experience of that blood – that is heaven’s infallible protection against Satan. They in heaven thus overcame the devil. We also overcome him "by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony" (Rev. 12:11).