When the Devil Departs

Michael Beck

“But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Matthew 16:23)

Devils can speak to and through people. Yes, they can even speak to and through disciples of Christ when there is a failure to stand firm in all the will and Word of God. Peter knew this from first-hand experience. Later, he would charge his brethren: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith …” (1 Pet. 5:8,9)

Satan desired to have Peter. He didn’t give up on him once the young man became a follower of Jesus. He wanted to separate him from Christ. “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat …” (Luke 22:31)

But how does Satan accomplish his objective? Through telling us lies, things which are contrary to what God has said and would have us believe. The only way a believer can thwart him is by submitting to what God has to say, and refusing to submit to the devil’s lies. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Any attempt to have the devil flee while still listening to him is futile. The best and only way to banish the devil and his lies is to welcome God and His truth.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.