10 Things Satan Can't Do


Nov 16, 2017 by Alyssa Duvall

Crosswalk: 10 Things Satan Can't Do

John 10:10 tells us that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” but that Jesus has “come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” According to Crosswalk, the enemy is a powerful force in this world, but every Christian needs to know these 10 things that Satan can’t do to a child of God.

  1. Satan Can’t Make You Sin
    Crosswalk contributor Jennifer Heeren explains that our own will is what causes us to sin: “The devil can’t make me do anything. Satan may place a bad idea in front of me, but it’s my own fault if I step into it. Sometimes, I only see the full consequences after I fall.”
  2. Satan Can’t Make You Fear Death
    “Fearing death seems natural; there may be pain and suffering involved,” Heeren says, “...but those negatives will only happen in the process of death, not afterwards. The sting of death is gone because of Jesus. He will wipe away my tears and I will be in a place of warmth and love that I can’t even fathom now.”
  3. Satan Can’t Take Your Stamina
    “I can sometimes think that I’m standing strong when I’m actually standing in my own pride and determination,” Heeren explains. “Then, I will soon fall. But when I lean on God and His strength, He is faithful to help me to walk right on by any temptations that threaten me.”
  4. Satan Can’t Harass You After You Resist Him
    James 4:7 tells us that “once I make up my mind that I’m going to do it God’s way, Jesus will give me the power to follow through with my commitment and Satan has to flee.”
  5. Satan Cannot Control You
    “When I allowed God into my soul, He locked the door behind Him. I have to say yes to Satan’s whispers, lies, and temptations in order for them to have any power in my life,” Heeren says.
  6. Satan Can’t Be Everywhere At Once
    Satan is not a god and is not omnipresent. “He can only roam around (Job 1:7)...The Lord fills the heavens and the earth (Jeremiah 23:24). I can never flee from God’s presence—day or night.”
  7. Satan Can’t Do Anything Without God’s Permission
    There is only one God, and He remains on His throne in control of all things in heaven and on Earth. “Even though he does rule the earth for the time being, Satan does so under a tight rein,” Heeren explains.
  8. Satan Can Never Steal Your Faith
    No child of God can be stolen from His hand, and our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6) guards us against Satan’s attacks. “...I am protected by a belt of truth as well as God’s righteousness. Shoes of peace cover my feet and help me to share the good news. A shield of faith stops arrows of lies that come at me. A helmet of salvation gives me confidence to go forward. And God’s Word is given to me as ammunition.”
  9. Satan Cannot Direct Your Future
    Although believers daily fight a battle against evil, our destiny is determined by God: “God gives me eternal life and I will never perish. Problems will arise in my life, but in the long run they will seem much smaller.’
  10. Satan Can’t Win
    Although he may win many battles on Earth and in our lives, we know that Satan will not win. Heeren describes God’s ultimate glory in every battle: “You see, the blood of the Lamb creates testimonies of all the people that surrender to Christ. Every single time that I step away from temptation, a testimony to God’s power is formed.’

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