I was reading 1 Thess 2:18 which says “Yes, we wanted to come to you. I, Paul, tried more than once to come, but Satan stopped us.”
I got curious, and this part stood out to me! I wondered why a man like Paul would be stopped so much and what stopped him!!! (twice if you read on). Then I searched it up and saw this..
Verse 18. – Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul. Paul distinguishes himself, because in all probability his companions, Silas and Timothy, had been at Thessalonica after he had left it. Once and again. Not used indefinitely, but referring to two separate attempts which Paul made to revisit the Thessalonians. But Satan hindered us; denoting, not the enemies of Christianity, but the devil, the author of all the hindrances in the kingdom of God. Paul here recognizes the personality of Satan, as the author of all evil, the great opponent of God and Christ. We are not informed by what instrumentality this hindrance of Satan took place. It may refer to the various persecutions against Paul, which prevented him returning to Thessalonica, and especially to that persecution raised against him in Beraea by the Jews of Thessalonica (Acts 17:13). In one sense, indeed, the hindrances arose in the way of God’s providence, for under its direction all the journeys of Paul were placed, and Satan could not have hindered him from preaching the gospel in any quarter, unless by the Divine permission (comp. Acts 16:7; Romans 1:13).
I went all happy nuts within and it came out! Haha – in turn the Lord taught me this! (read below)
When Satan uses a person to disobey God and Christ, through temptation and disobedience to God and Christ; Satan is using God’s own creation to oppose God. Remember that Satan is the great opponent of God and Christ. We are all the children the Lord wants back from grip of the devil and He wants to clean you and rest His Holy Spirit over you!
The Power of Asking God for Forgiveness through Jesus Christ destroys the plans of the enemy to make us evil before God. We are no longer dirty with Christ, we’re clean! We are NEW- living new lives!
We ARE Victorious through Jesus because of His death! Satan hates it cause he’s scared (which is where FEAR comes from).
You don’t have to be fearful of Satan if you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour- because He is watching over you and because you have a New Identity (Daughter / Son of God), you can tell him to GET OUT in Jesus Name!
The one who owns all things is God of Heaven and Earth. He is the ONE you should fear (revere, honour, respect, obey)
So ask forgiveness, it ruins our enemies plans! God’s enemies are my enemies too. And His Enemy is Satan.
God bless you.