Satan Is Under A Curse

You will not find a faithful servant sifted and winnowed by this enemy, who did not come off with an honorable victory.

Satan, with all his wit and wiles, will never defeat a soul armed with true grace, nor will the contest ever end in a stalemate. Look into the Word. You will not find a faithful servant sifted and winnowed by this enemy, who did not come off with an honorable victory. Witness David, Job, Peter, and Paul, who were the hardest put to it of any upon record. And lest some should attribute their victory to their own inherent strength, the glory of the victories is attributable to God alone, in whom the weak are as strong as the strongest. There are two reasons why the Christian who seems to be so overmatched is yet so unconquerable (2 Corinthians 12:9; James 5:11).

The curse that lies upon Satan is God's curse. God's curse blasts wherever it comes. The Canaanite, along with their neighboring nations, were easy prey for Israel, though they were famous for war. Why? Because they were cursed nations. The Egyptians were a shrewd people. "Let us deal wisely," they said. Yet God's curse lay like a thorn at Egypt's heart, and was finally her ruin. In fact, when the Israelites, themselves children of the covenant, sinned and became the object of God's curse, they were trampled like dirt under the Assyrian's feet.

An irrevocable curse clings to Satan from Genesis 3:14-15: "And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed..." And as the curse works eternally against Satan, so it operates eternally in favor of the saints.

For one thing, it prostrates Satan under their feet: "Upon thy belly shalt thou go" (v. 14). This prostrate condition of Satan assures believers that the devil can never lift his head--his wily schemes--higher than the saints' heels. He may make you limp, but he cannot take your life. And the bruise which he gives you will be rewarded with the breaking of his own head--the utter ruin of him and his cause.

-William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour