SATAN IS ONLY AS POWERFUL AS YOU MAKE HIM .
Matthew 27:4 "Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? ....
False Religion thrives on flattery of it's victim and the magnification of the perceived enemy above the capacity of the victim thus creating room for exploitation. The devil's crowd may flatter as long as they can use you, but you can be assured that when there is no longer anything in it for them, they will forsake you just as the chief priests did Judas. Many persons have spent their time and money building religious edifices only to be dumped.
Satan is the father of deception, often presenting himself as being concerned for our welfare as he did to Eve in the garden of Eden. A trade mark of false religion is the over emphasis on personal welfare ,thus neglecting reconciliation, social justice and the protection of the environment.
Our victory over the enemy is dependent on how conversant we are with his strategies . Our lord Jesus Christ stripped Satan of all his authority (Mt. 28:18). The power that Satan uses against us now, is deception. Those who ascribe other powers to him have already fallen prey to one of his lies. The devil deceives us and uses our own power and authority against us. The thing that makes deception so deadly is that those who are deceived don't know it. Once they realize they are deceived, they aren't deceived any and are made free.
The best defense against the devil is to be God conscious through worship and meditation on biblical materials . It is in our power to choose who's presence we desire to be influenced by , God or Satan. We are never far away from God's precence , its not something we go in to and come out of , He is forever with us. "If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there" (Ps. 139:8). Anytime Satan's oppression is present, God's presence is there too (Heb. 13:5). It's just a matter of where our focus is. Focusing on your problem is a trick of the devil to make us look hopeless , put your attention on God and watch that situation dissolve in Jesus name.