|I am indebted to the
redoubtable J. Vernon McGee for these three points; all my other commentators skip this part.
|How does one
overcome Satan? There are three ways
|• By the blood of the
lamb. If you are not a Christian, of
if you are a Christian trying to rely on your own strength, Satan will
overpower you, sooner or later. Later,
if you are strong and well principled;
sooner, if you are weak and opportunist -- but it will happen.
|• By the word of
testimony. In sharing your faith, you
strengthen your faith -- the best defense is a good offense. Why should Satan have the initiative in
your combat with him?
|• In martyrdom --
which is to say, in your love for Jesus Christ. This is simply an example that no man can
serve two masters. If you love Jesus
more than anything else -- more than life itself -- He will keep you with