Spiritual Warfare

talking-with-the-devilToday I’m doing something different here. For the first time, I’m going to answer a question raised by yesterday’s blog, Talking to the Devil.

The Scripture is our only source for both faith and Christian practice. In the Bible, we are told to address God in prayer. We are never taught to speak to the devil or to rebuke him.

There is only one example in the Bible of a person other than the Second Person of the Godhead speaking with Satan. In the Garden of Eden, Eve spoke to the serpent. In her unfallen and innocent state, her conversation led to being beguiled by him. In our fallenness, how much more would we be susceptible to his lies and trickery!

In Jude 8 and 10, Jude writes that false teachers speak evil of dignitaries and speak evil of whatever they do not know. Sandwiched between those two statements Jude gives us the example of the angel Michael contending with the fallen angel Satan, like creatures addressing one another. Even so, Michael did not rebuke Satan, but left that to the Lord. Jude implies that only a false teacher in his ignorance, and animal bruteness would seek to go where even holy angels do not tread.

Jesus spoke to Satan, but He was also Satan’s Lord. Yes, Jesus rebuked the devil when he desired to sift Peter like wheat (Luke 22:31). Still, Jesus didn’t tell Peter to converse with Satan or even to rebuke him the next time. Jesus did the rebuking (Zechariah 3:2).

In Ephesians 6, the great passage on what we call spiritual warfare, Paul never mentions attacking Satan, rebuking him, or speaking to him. Instead, we are told to stand in the victory won by Christ at Calvary and pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18), not speak to the devil.

It is our place to call upon the Lord in our need and He promises to hear and deliver us.

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me (Psalm 51:15).


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