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How To Defeat The Devil
As Demonstrated By Jesus

Jesus Himself demonstrated how to defeat the devil.

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Jesus spoke, and the devil left!

How to defeat the devil? Start by saying, “It is written…”

Don’t you find it very significant that the very first teaching in the very first book of the New Testament is a demonstration by Jesus on how to defeat the devil?

I think it’s very significant. It’s no surprise to me to realize that the first thing Jesus taught as He began his public ministry was a lesson on how to defeat the devil.

This is the first of about 250 references to Satan and his demons in the New Testament.

Clearly, this is a critically important topic!

Here’s what Jesus said. I have underlined the key words “it is written” in the following passage:

The Temptation of Jesus

4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “it is written,

    â€œâ€˜Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

    â€œâ€˜He will command his angels concerning you,’


    â€œâ€˜On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

    â€œâ€˜You shall worship the Lord your God
    and him only shall you serve

11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
(Matthew 4:1-11)

See how He demonstrated how to defeat the devil?

Each time the devil tried to tempt Jesus, He responded by quoting Scripture.

So the technique is:

  • As a suspicious thought comes to mind, check it against the Word of God to see if it’s a lie/deception/temptation
  • If the thought is from the liars of hell, respond by speaking the Truth of God’s Word

And lest there be any doubt that God’s Word is pure Truth:

Every word of God proves True…” (Proverbs 30:5)

Jesus said… “If you abide in my word… you will know the Truth…” (John 8:31-32)

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is Truth.” (John 17:17)

I urge you to look up these Scriptures in your Bible. Underline them, write them on recipe cards, and memorize them.

In God’s economy, Truth is always stronger that lies.


Here’s The Really Good News!

The power for how to defeat the devil is not in the speaker; it’s in the SPOKEN WORD!

The devil can’t tell the difference between Jesus speaking and a Christian speaking.

Here’s why:

He who hears you hears me… (Luke 10:16)

According to Jesus (See Luke 10:16 above), when you or I speak God’s Word, it’s actually Him speaking through our vocal cords. In those moments, as members of the Body of Christ, our voices becomes His voice!

And He has put great power into His Word!

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18)

I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation… (Romans 1:16)

So, Is This Available To Everyone?

Yes, ANYONE can have it, but the cost is: YOU! Your surrendered life.

Let me explain that.

With Jesus, it’s all about us forming a relationship with Him. And not everyone wants to do that.

If people knew what they were missing, they would go for it 100 percent!

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)

(See also Matthew 22:37 and Luke 10:27 )

Love God… with all your heart, soul, mind, strength. Do you see how that just shouts “relationship”?

To list a few more:

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)

And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:23)

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

Also, I found 20 Scriptures wherein Jesus directed people with the words, “Follow Me.” As I said earlier, it’s all about having a close relationship with Jesus.

God gives great benefits to His people. But becoming one of His people has the appearance of being difficult and undesirable. Even now as you read this, the devil is furiously injecting thoughts into your mind that make what I’m saying sound like the rantings of a nut case. But I know what Jesus said:

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

But the thing about being “yoked” to someone is: where one goes, the other goes. He wants each of us to become one of his disciples. He wants to “sanctify” us (transform us into one of His) and use us for His purposes.

Along with that, there are certain benefits. One of them is divine protection from the devil. Jesus has the devil on a leash. He can go so far… but no further.

This is all about us partnering with God.

There is a part that we can do, and there is a part that only God can do. But until we do the part that we can do, God will not do the part that only He can do.

Here’s a sort of over-arching Scripture that declares God’s “how to defeat the devil” strategy:

Submit yourselves therefore to God.
    Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

I deliberately broke that verse into two lines, to emphasize the two separate thoughts:

  1. Submit to God. Obey Him. That’s the part you can and must do first.
  2. Resist the devil. As God’s obedient disciple, His power operates through you.

Sadly, most people ignore the first part, and try to figure out how to defeat the devil by their own strength. But they can’t do it.

Anyway, here’s how that dynamic of “obedience followed by divine help” might play out in everyday life. Consider the following passage:

10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
11I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:10-11)

God promises to “rebuke the devourer for you”. That’s an offer to restrain the devil (he’s the devourer–see 1 Peter 5:8 ) from destroying the fruits of your labor.

But notice: that offer comes AFTER His commanded to “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse”. That’s a command to practice biblical stewardship with your money. The offer is conditional. Ultimately, it all belongs to God. He calls you to take a step of faith and give the first 10 percent of your income back to Him. And having established that condition, God must, as it were, play by His own rules. So if you don’t do your part first, well… you see my point.

Jesus Gives Power And Authority To Those Who Follow Him.

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:9)

If you are a disciple of Jesus, you have power over the devil. But as I’ve been saying, there are certain characteristics you will exhibit, if you are truly His disciple.

Another example: I’m quoting here from the Amplified Bible, which has helpful commentary embedded in the passage:

But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it). (James 4:6 Amp)

We need God’s Grace, which the Amplified Bible defines as “power of the Holy Spirit”. But grace only goes to those “who are humble enough to receive it.” Humility, then, is also a characteristic of a disciple.

I made a list of areas in which I want to be obedient to God. This is probably not a comprehensive list, and I am definitely not doing them perfectly:


So then, who is it that actually defeats the devil?

Recall that I quoted a passage from the book of Malachi earlier:

I will rebuke the devourer for you (Malachi 3:11)

Clearly, it’s God who not only knows how to defeat the devil, but also has the power to do it.

14 I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. (John 17:17)

Here too, it’s the Father whom Jesus is asking to handle the devil.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place…
no evil shall be allowed to befall you (Psalm 91:9-10)

Evil (the devil) is being blocked by whom? Once again, it’s God doing the heavy lifting.

Because he holds fast to me in love,” says the Lord, “I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name. (Psalm 91:14)

Can you see the relationship implied there? As I said earlier, God wants to have a relationship with you. He wants you to get to know Him. And you get to know God the same way you got to know any other person: by what He says and what He does.

Here’s another:

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life. (Psalm 121:7)

I invite you to read Psalm 121 and you’ll discover that the entire psalm extols the helpfulness of God.

Where can you go to find out what God said and did? That’s what the Bible is all about. He wrote it. Everything He wants you to know about Himself is in there.

Someone has said that there are 3,900 Scripture passages commanding us to know His Word. Yet I keep encountering people who tell me they cannot memorize Bible verses.

If you’d have asked me to recite so much as one verse 20 years ago, I doubt that I could have done it. So I sympathize with those who have done no Scripture memory. I used to be one of you.

Now, I can’t get enough of Scripture!

What happened to lift me out of my ignorance?

  1. I listened to Bible teachers on the radio a lot, often while doing chores.
  2. I began to see how practical the Word of God is, and I wanted more.

Now I cannot imagine how I ever lived without God’s Word at the center of my life.

In the summer of 2012, as I would read through the Scriptures I was committing to memory, I began to sense something happening that I could not identify at first. Then I saw the following passage from the Gospel of John:

21Whoever has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
22Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?
23Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me“. (John 14:21-24)

I wasn’t sure what it meant that Jesus would “manifest” himself to someone, so I looked it up. It means He will reveal Himself to the person.

BAM!! In a flash of recognition, I realized: that’s what was happening to me, right here in an upstairs room of my house! Jesus was revealing Himself to me through the passages I was reading each morning. It was a real presence! He was right there. Not visibly, but He was–and is–right there with me!

There’s no way I could ever go back to where I was before.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
    converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
    And in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11)

David wrote, “More to be desired are (the Words of God) than… much fine gold”. See it there, in verse 10?

I can honestly say this: If someone were to offer me, say, a thousand TONS of gold–but they would simultaneously erase all memory of God and His Word from my mind, there’s no way I would accept that offer!

I Googled “current price of gold” and found that, as I write this, gold is trading for $1341 per ounce.

So check my math here: 1 pound = 16 ounces, right? Two thousand pounds = 1 ton, = 32,000 ounces. At the current price, that’s $42,912,000. Almost 43 million dollars, for one ton.

But I said what if the offer was a THOUSAND TONS! That would make it nearly $43 BILLION! Right: Billion with a “B”. But they would erase all memory of God from my mind. I’m saying: not “no”, but “HELL NO!!” Because hell is where I’d be going.

Why? Because here’s what I know: to live without God in this life results in living without Him in eternity. There is nothing this world has to offer that can match the value of the Word of God.

Look at what else David wrote: “Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.”

Do you want to know how to defeat the devil?

Simple: just read through a bunch of Scriptures like that one every morning. That’s what I do, every day. Like an arrow released by an archer, this simple practice of Scripture memory every morning sets the trajectory for my whole day. My mind is so saturated with the Word of God, the devil can’t get a word in edgewise!

I could dump a truckload of Scriptures on you to support what I’ve said, but that would be rude. I believe I can make my point with just one:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

Let me show you what’s in there:

Rejoice — renew, refresh, refill, replenish — with JOY! Not happiness, which rises and falls with circumstances, but JOY which is always maxed out!

Because it’s in the Lord. Joy is in the Lord. I said, JOY IS IN THE LORD!! ALWAYS!!

Paul, are you serious? Paul replies, “Again I will say, rejoice!”

He’s shown me how to have a gentle spirit; “Thank You, Lord!”

And the Lord is at hand — He’s RIGHT HERE WITH ME RIGHT NOW!

Because of that, I am anxious for NOTHING!

I thank Him and Praise Him throughout each day.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding…” I have it. I HAVE IT! He’s given it to me. To ME! I have it! His peace is guarding my heart and mind RIGHT NOW!

Do you want that? You can have it.

Just understand:

  • Your battle with the devil is taking place in your mind.
  • How to defeat the devil? By speaking the Truth of God’s Word!

And the more Scripture you know, the more power you have, because the power of God is in the Word.

So, how are you doing at internalizing God’s Word?

I’d love to help you with that, too. Really, memorizing God’s Word is not at all like when they made you memorize seemingly useless stuff in school.

Here’s A Free Scripture Page To Help You Get Started!

Download the PDF file containing these pages. You can print them on standard 8-1/2 x 11 paper. (At the moment there is only one page; I will be adding more soon.)

Scripture memory 6-panel page

To open this PDF in a separate window,  CLICK HERE ►

Once you’ve downloaded the PDF and printed the page, here’s what do do with it:

  1. Fold the printed page in half vertically, right down the middle.
  2. Holding it vertically, fold the bottom edge up to the faint line that you see right on the fold, about a third of the way down from the top.
  3. Do the same with the other end; fold it to the other faint line.

Now you have a 6-panel set of helpful verses that you can tuck into a pocket or purse. Take it out several times a day and read through those 6 Scriptures.

~ Jan

{ 24 comments… add one }
  • YEMI January 20, 2016, 8:09 AM

    thanks so much for this insight. pls i cant download the scripture memory page. its saying page not found. thanks

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    • Jan Smith January 29, 2016, 3:11 PM

      The Scripture memory page is back. This site was hacked badly in December (12/2015) and some things got deleted. But I’ve gotten much of it back online.

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  • cassandra December 20, 2015, 6:49 AM

    Hi thank you for all this knowledge. I have accepted Jesus as my lord and savour getting baptized next year. God bless you

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  • Mildred October 2, 2015, 3:20 PM

    Thank you so much for this revelation knowledge about GOD ‘s Word and memorising .I just stabled across your website while I was searching something. May GOD ALMIGHTY bless you as you continue to be a blessing to us.Thank you brother

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  • George Wilson Khaukha (Dr.) September 6, 2015, 4:51 AM

    Amazing how the Spirit of God uses us to fish souls for Christ. I have been giving spiritual talks on “How To Defeat The Devil” and jokingly typed this title for Internet search when I landed on the same topic on your website. I have wonderful Power Point slides of my own to share with all people on any forum. If you are interested I will email them to you to put on your website.

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    • Jan Smith September 6, 2015, 7:55 PM

      I agree with you, George, about how God uses us to, as you said, “fish souls for Christ”.
      I would be interested to see the slides you mentioned.

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  • Vee August 29, 2015, 5:16 PM

    Thank you so much for the wisdom you’ve shared on this site. I was searching Google for an answer about a question I had and stumbling on your website was by divine orchestration.
    I have heard loads of sermons about studying the word but it never really hit home. As I read your articles it’s like peices to a jigsaw puzzle came together, now suddenly it all makes sense. May God bless you and increase your influence so more people can get your message.

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    • Jan Smith August 31, 2015, 4:06 PM

      Thanks, Vee.
      I’ve often realized how helpful Google is in sending people to this blog. (We should be sending thank-you notes?)
      Also, I totally agree about the jigsaw puzzle. We have a million pieces, but no box-top to see what the picture is supposed to look like. But as we are able to fit more and more pieces together, we begin to “get it”. and see the “picture” God wanted us to see.

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  • Gus August 27, 2015, 12:40 PM

    Me semi-randomly coming to this page, just shows me that God is for me! I have been struggling greatly with this lately, but now I am going to commit myself to the study, meditation, and memorization of the word. God is great! Praise him.

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    • Jan Smith August 27, 2015, 2:29 PM

      Right on, Gus! It’s gotta be true that God is somehow leading to these articles. Who would know better than God where to find the help each person needs?

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  • September August 18, 2015, 11:01 AM

    Thank you so much for your site. I’m going through at the moment and am in a spiritual warfare. I’ve heard 3 sermons in a row that said to study and meditate in the word and then one day recently I was googling and looking for an answer to something and I came to your site. You and your writings are God sent! I truly thank God for you! I’m now on my journey to fill my mind and heart full of the Truth, God’s word. I have the victory today, the bible say so!

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    • Jan Smith August 19, 2015, 10:47 AM

      September, thank you in return for sharing your story. I pray that God will continue to strengthen you as He brings you through the trials you are in. It’s humbling to me to read how something I wrote down has helped you. And isn’t it interesting how God is using Google to connect people? But having said that, I keep wondering: where are the churches? Why do people have to go to Google to find out how to get victory over the devil??

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  • chuba aza July 27, 2015, 5:25 AM

    I found the truth in this write up and in the WORD

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    • Jan Smith July 27, 2015, 1:13 PM

      I’m glad I could help ~ Jan

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      • Abraham August 12, 2015, 11:08 PM

        Thank you for everything this really help me understand more about life , I had already new and kinda witness all these stuff for myself it like I was born with all these words

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        • Jan Smith August 13, 2015, 11:43 AM

          Abraham, I’m glad you found this helpful. Now be sure to spend regular time reading your Bible and letting God’s Word help to shape your life.

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  • Lola July 17, 2015, 7:12 AM

    Thank you so much. You’ve blessed my soul with these write ups. May God enrich your knowledge.

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    • Jan Smith July 17, 2015, 10:33 AM

      Lola, thanks for taking a moment to comment. I’m glad you have found help from my blog.

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  • Dorjawn Jernigan July 6, 2015, 10:33 AM

    I want to tell you how thankful I am to have read your post on how to defeat the devil. This entire site is awesome! This has been a powerful blessing to me! I feel so blessed and encouraged in the Lord!

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    • Jan Smith July 9, 2015, 7:16 AM

      Dorjawn, thank you for your kind words. Thanks for taking time to write a comment.
      And did you know… your words will be an encouragement to others.

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  • brenda February 3, 2015, 3:34 PM

    This is very helpful. Especially coming from a wonderful individuals who has been through experiences that can leave the avarage person confused. Thank you very much!

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    • Jan Smith February 12, 2015, 9:34 AM

      Thank you, Brenda, for those very kind words. I hope things are going well for you.

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  • Carm September 29, 2014, 12:43 PM

    Hi Jan!
    I am a Christian but I did not grow up as one. Since coming to the Lord in 2001, and going through many trials I am so happy to have found your website. Every thing you have written is God’s truth and your style of writing (a gift from God) has encouraged me to activate a new chapter in my life. I love how you simplified memorizing bible verses and by doing these steps my heart can really have a more intimate relationship with Jesus and I can have HIS peace knowing that HE is in control of every situation. By speaking HIS Word out loud and having it deep in my heart through saying it over and over again I can move forward in my life knowing that God has my back no matter what! By choosing to memorize scripture and making this a healthy habit everyday I can start having freedom in and through HIM. I want my life to be filled with all the blessings HE has for me and I want to pay it forward. Jan, I am so grateful and honoured to have read your website. Thank you and continued blessings for you, Joanne and for your children. Nothing holds more true than having a Saviour like Jesus Christ, Amen!

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    • Jan Smith September 29, 2014, 2:09 PM

      It would seem we have similar backgrounds. I did not grow up as a Christian either. I consider an event in 1993 to be the moment when I “got it”. (I wrote about that: Trust God, Because The Lord Gave And The Lord Has Taken Away ) Also, when you spoke of, “going through many trials”, that’s how I came to know these things that God has poured into me. It delights me no end to be able to pour His wisdom out for others to share. His grace is infinite! He loves us so much! ~ Jan
      P.S. Since you liked this article, why not forward it to friends? You’ll be helping to spread the Gospel. Just copy the excerpt in the green box above. The “read more” link will take your friends right to this article. Thanks!

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