Under New Management

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
— 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

When a person puts their faith in Jesus Christ, a sign is placed on their forehead that says, "Under new management." That person now belongs to Jesus Christ, and He does not operate on a timeshare program. I don’t know about you but that gives me full assurance and happiness. He doesn't say, "Okay, now I have Woody for six months, and the devil can have him for the next six months." That is not what happens. When we put our faith in Christ, He comes in and is the sole resident in our hearts and lives.

 A Christian cannot be possessed by Satan or his demons. Although a Christian cannot be demon-possessed, the devil can affect a Christian outwardly. For example, demons can tempt and oppress a Christian. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure." (2 Corinthians 12:7). Notice the “Messenger of Satan.”  Then notice the word "buffet" which means to hit in the face. Paul was saying, "Yes, I have come under some demon attack. But here is the good news, God will never give you more than you can handle."

 The Bible tells us in James 2:19, "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!"  Just because a person believes something is true doesn't mean they have committed themselves to it. Demons believe but they are in total rebellion against God. People may believe in God but have never committed to Him.

 Paul's oppression was allowed by God and orchestrated by Satan. God may allow the devil to tempt you or harass you in some way. But remember, He won't give you more than you can take. The only thing that will stop the devil is the power of Jesus Christ. He is our only protection. He is the one we need. Job was not only harassed by Satan, he was slammed by Satan. But Satan could only do what God allowed.  Job didn’t come through for God, but God came through for Job. I’ve been harassed by Satan on occasions and the Lord has always brought be though those times. I might add, it’s always been on His timetable and not mine.

 If Satan is oppressing you, Remember, God has not left you and He will deliver you and you will come out stronger.  God Bless!