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Does Satan Have To Ask For God's Permission Before He Can Attack Us?

Does Satan have to ask for God’s permission before he can attack us?

Job 1 and 2 describe Satan requesting permission from God to attack Job’s life. Based on these chapters, some believe Satan must ask God for permission to attack us spiritually. Is this true?

Though Satan requested permission in Job’s case, there is no evidence this is required on other occasions. Luke 22:31-32 offers one additional example regarding Peter. There Jesus states, “Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat” (v. 31 NIV). Typically, however, Satan is portrayed as living as a liar and father of lies, working to destroy others without obtaining specific permission from God.

In fact, Satan is called the ruler of this world (John 12:31; 14:30). He has already been given authority to operate in this world, tempting people to sin. He even tempted Jesus three times in the wilderness, being resisted by Him (Matthew 4:1-11). Satan was able to work through Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus without any mention of obtaining specific permission from God.

Instead, 1 Peter 5:8-9 teaches, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” We are to expect Satan to attack and are called to be prepared and resist him. James 4:7 promises, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Ephesians 6:10-20 also offers clear advice regarding how to respond to Satan’s attacks. We stand firm, wearing God’s “spiritual armor” to successfully respond to the devil’s schemes: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (v. 11).

Satan comes only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). First John 5:19 teaches, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” Yet we are to “give no opportunity to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27) and set our mind on the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5).

For those who believe in Christ, we can rest in His promise that, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Nothing, even Satan, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37-39). In the end, Satan will be defeated and his power will end (Revelation 20:10).


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  1. Yes God allows Satan to do certain things to test are faith even though God already knows we don’t that’s why we have trials and temptations believe that God is the Great I am and all we have to do is let God take care of everything the devil and his demons can’t touch me as long as I let God take care of all and Read God mighty word to know what is for me to do Believe and live for God amen

  2. TRUE!…GOD allowed satan to tempt Job, but with a purpose…To test Jacob’s obedience, faithfulness and righteousness…Job was accused by people that he’s doing unrighteous things that’s why he suffered from leprosy…Satan and GOD had a conversation, he asked GOD’s permission to get all of Job’s assets, wealth, and his family…But in the end Job prove his love and faithfulness to GOD inspite of all the trials, struggles and sickness…Satan defeated, then God bring back all of Job’s gotten wealth and healed him…

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