Where Does the Devil Get His Power??

What I am about to reveal is the little known truth about satan’s power.

Each day, I interact with multitudes of Christians from around the globe, and the majority of them are being defeated in some area of their life. Sickness, depression,  and poverty are running rampant in the Body of Christ. So if Jesus defeated satan on the cross, then where is he getting this power to defeat believers?

Satan gets his power from the Word of God

Huh? What did you just say Pastor Troy???

That’s right, the devil gets his power from the Word of God. Or to put it another way, he gets his power from your ignorance of the Word of God. The Word of God says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. It also says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Jesus Himself said that whatever you believe in your heart will manifest, ” you shall have what you say”

Okay, so how does this relate to the devil?

The devil knows that the best way to destroy you (actually the only way), is to let you destroy yourself. But you are not going to willingly shoot yourself in the head, hang yourself, or deliberately sabotage your career or your marriage. Yet we know that these things happen every single day across the world. But how? How does He get us to willingly destroy ourselves?

The devil has perverted the most powerful spiritual truth that Jesus and Solomon both revealed to us. Jesus said, that you will have whatsoever you say, if you don’t don’t doubt in your heart. Anything that you believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth, will be made manifest, whether it is salvation, receiving the Holy Spirit, healing, or believing you will go bankrupt, or believing you will get cancer.

So if life and death are in the power of the tongue, and I will have whatsoever I say, then how can the devil ever convince me to say negative stuff? That’s a good question, because, like I said earlier, no one would ever willingly sabotage their own life.

The nature of the devil is to deceive. If he came up to you in a red suit and a pitchfork and told you to kill yourself, you would probably laugh at him. And remember, his goal (according to John 10:10) is to steal, kill, and destroy. That is his sole objective. So if he comes to you in disguise, with a very subtle suggestion, you wouldn’t even notice it. Then slowly, you begin to welcome his conversation. Before you know it, you are fully entangled and don’t even realize it

It’s like the guy who picks up a hitchhiker on the side of the road (even knowing in his heart that he shouldn’t). The hitchhiker is very thankful for the ride, and climbs in the backseat. After some delightful conversation, you allow him to move to the front seat. Now he is in the passenger seat, and convinces you to let him take the wheel. After some time, the hitchhiker is driving the vehicle, and now you are going along for the ride in the backseat, unable to get him out. That is how the devil is.

But Pastor Troy, what do you mean disguise? I would certainly be able to see the devil coming!

No, you can’t see him coming, that is the main problem. He is going to come at you in the spirit. In the spirit, he can disguise his voice to sound like your voice. So out of ignorance, you think it is your own voice, or your own thoughts in your head, not realizing you are being craftily manipulated by a demonic scheme that was formulated to attack you and totally cause you to sabotage yourself. Those thoughts or voices are really demonic spirits (in disguise) speaking to you. You give them power by believing them. You give them ultimate power by confessing out of your mouth what you believe is in your head. This is the ultimate deception.

I was driving home a few days ago, and I had the most depressing thought flash through my mind. So now I have two choices, either believe the thought, or cast it down. I immediately (according to 2 Cor 10:5), cast down the thought (a demonic spirit), and brought it under captivity, to the obedience of Christ. I have written extensively about how to specifically do this, but the important thing is recognize that the thought is NOT you, so do not receive it. Immediately after doing this I felt a rush of peace and joy, as that thought (demon) was cast out.

But let’s say, hypothetically, that I did not cast it down. I began to believe the depressing thoughts. Spiritually, I am letting in a demonic spirit. After some time, the thoughts will become more intense, causing me to think more damaging thoughts, or more perverse thoughts. Why is this happening? Because of the access that the first demon has, he is now bringing in more demons, even more powerful than himself. Over time, this leads to a full on stronghold in a person’s mind, and they feel there is no escape

Let’s examine it from a biological perspective. Doctors say that depression is an illness, a chemical imbalance, and that is 100% true. When a person embraces a thought, many different chemical reactions take place in the brain. If it is a positive thought, various hormones are released into the body, producing happiness and healing effects throughout the body. A negative thought produces toxic chemicals to be released into the body, causing severe damage. To make matters worse, continued thinking in a certain way causes lasting neural pathways in the brain, in effect poisoning your body. For more info on how the brain operates, with spiritual insights, read Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book “Who Switched Off My Brain”.

I do not want to go too deep into the science, but it is possible to reclaim your brain and rid yourself of toxic thoughts and negative neural pathways in your brain (which is deliverance from demons and healing in spiritual terms). The way out is simply to feast on the Word of God day and night. Reject any thoughts,even though they seem like they are coming from you, that do not line up with the word of God.

Your body was created by God beautifully, to manifest the reality of heaven on earth. His original design was that He would implant a thought from heaven into your mind, and then you would manifest it by speaking it out of your mouth. Don’t allow the enemy to hijack this divine power by using your mind and your mouth to accomplish his plan of stealing, killing, and destroying!

The choice is 100% yours to make. You can either choose life or choose death:

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV)

It is a lie from hell that you cannot control your thoughts. Just like how the airport security must examine every bag that comes through the gate, so shall you examine every thought that crosses your mind. You never know which one may contain a terrorist bomb. And even though you may not be able to control which thoughts cross through your mind, you can control which thoughts you allow to stay there. You cannot control which birds fly over you, but you can control if you let them build a nest on top of your head.

So in conclusion, what then should we think? What should we focus our thoughts on? Paul says in Colossians 3:2, to set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. Then in Philippians 4:8, he said to think on whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

If you are reading this today and struggle with depressing thoughts, angry thoughts, lustful thoughts, or suicidal thoughts, I want to encourage you that you can win this battle. In fact, your victory is guaranteed in the Word of God. Yes you can have a peaceful mind. God Himself says it in Isaiah 26:3. He says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you

God bless you!

Troy Anthony Smith is a Pastor and author who travels throughout the nations declaring the gospel. Pastor Smith currently resides in Los Angeles,CA, where he can be found at the grocery stores, malls, and street corners, laying hands on the sick, prophesying to the lost, and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.

Would you like to partner with Pastor Troy and see lives transformed across the globe? For more info on how you can get involved, click here. Each week you will receive an MP3 Audio sermon from our live services in Los Angeles, CA and around the globe.

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3 Responses to “Where Does the Devil Get His Power??”

  1. paulette smith Says:

    I enjoy your post,I am in Jamaica. I learn a lot from your msgs

    • Getachew, M. Aweke Says:

      God bless your life, family and ministry abundantly
      . I love your message and found it relevant.

  2. INCREDIBLE WORD! I Love this! This Will Transform Millions of Lives! All Glory to God up Above! God Bless you Tremendously for having the Ear to Hear this and the Obedience and Heart to Share this Message!

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