“The Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1Jn 3:8 NKJV
Have you ever watched one of those TV shows where the police show up, surprise the criminal and say, “You’re busted,” then put them in handcuffs and take them off to jail? That’s what Jesus did to Satan. This word “destroy” implies “to come unglued,” or “to fall apart.” Imagine the mortar crumbling and the wall coming down, or the spool running out of thread so that when the garment is picked up it falls apart. On what basis would you like to fight Satan? By the power of your own intellect, or by the power of God’s Word? By your own will, or by knowing God’s will, standing on it and enforcing its terms? Ever turn on the lights in a dark room and watch cockroaches run for cover? You didn’t do anything, you just turned on the light! Every wall Satan builds to keep you locked in crumbles when exposed to the light of God’s Word. Satan’s act literally comes unglued. And it happens fast, because light travels at 186,000 miles per second. Satan’s greatest weapon is your ignorance of God’s Word. That’s why he will fight you over Bible reading more than most other things. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32 NIV). The truth itself doesn’t set you free; it’s “knowing” the truth, standing on it in times of trouble and trusting God to do what He has said, that empowers you not only to survive Satan’s attacks, but to triumph over him.