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An excerpt from 21 Things the Devil Cannot Do by Duane Vander Klok, published by Chosen Books.The devil's weaknesses far outnumber his strengths."Know your enemy" is an ancient military principle that has stood the test of time; yet we forget this when we enter the spiritual battlefield. How much do you really know about Satan? Is misinformation inadvertently hurting you and your loved ones?In this accessible, hands-on book, respected pastor and broadcaster Duane Vander Klok reveals the devil's true limits--and exposes all the things he cannot do. In doing so, Pastor Duane equips you to take a firm grip on the spiritual weapons Jesus gave us and to wield them more effectively. He also shows you how to pinpoint, and then to reclaim, the areas in which you have unknowingly given the enemy influence in your life.Don't give the devil more power than he actually has. Through Jesus, you have authority to defeat him. It's time to put him in his place.

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  • 21 THINGS THE

    DEVIL C A N N O T D O

    DUA N E VA NDER K LOK

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  • 2007, 2014 by Duane Vander Klok

    Published by Chosen Books

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  • 7Contents

    Foreword by Robert Morris 9

    Acknowledgment 11

    1. Sizing Up the Enemy: The Advantage Is on Our Side 13

    2. Biography of a Defective Devil: The Enemy Has

    Fallen 25

    3. Spiritual Laws the Devil Cannot Break: Some Things

    Never Change 33

    4. Things the Devil Cannot Do to Believers: You Are

    Protected by Law 53

    5. Exposing the Enemys Weaknesses: Our Victory Is

    Guaranteed 71

    6. The Question of Curses: No Cursing Allowed without

    Cause! 87

    7. Uncovering the Enemys Tactics: A Dozen Signs of

    Demon Trouble 99

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  • 8 Contents

    8. Jesus the Deliverer: Disarming the Devil 123

    9. Enlisting in Gods Army: How to Receive

    Salvation 153

    Reference Guide 157

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  • 9Foreword

    Duane Vander Klok and I have been close friends and partners in ministry for many years. I realized as soon as I met him that Duane is passionate about God, his family and

    the family of God. So when he asked me to write the foreword

    for this book, I instantly said yes. As an author, I understand

    that a books foreword serves two purposes. The rst is obvi-

    ous: I am recommending the book and explaining why someone

    should read it. The second purpose is not as obvious but is just

    as important: When I endorse a book, I endorse the author.

    Duane is a man whom I wholeheartedly endorse.

    Some of my favorite books inspire me to fall more passion-

    ately in love with Christ and instruct me how to follow Him

    more closely. As I have traveled and become friends with many

    fellow authors, I have discovered that the books that connect me

    to God are written by people who are actively connected with

    and pursing Him. Duane is a man with a heart after God, and

    he has written a book that will help you follow Him.

    I love the title, 21 Things the Devil Cannot Do. As Duane

    details in the book, too many believers focus on and talk about

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  • 10

    Foreword

    what the devil can do. This only creates fear, but, as 2 Timothy

    1:7 says, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power

    and of love and of a sound mind. Please understand, I am not

    denying Satans existence or claiming he is not a threat. Quite the

    opposite, as Scripture instructs us in 1 Peter 5:8 to be vigilant;

    because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion,

    seeking whom he may devour. What I am saying is that when we

    focus on how powerful and evil Satan is, we become too fearful

    because we have forgotten how powerful and good our God is.

    When we do as Duane suggests, however, and focus on what

    the devil cannot do, we are really focusing on what God can do.

    More specically, we are focusing on what Jesus accomplished

    on the cross and on what the Holy Spirit can do in our lives as

    a result.

    On our own, we cannot achieve victory against the enemy;

    but when we receive salvation, we are forever victorious be-

    cause Jesus is victorious. When He died on the cross and rose

    again, He defeated Satan. Revelation 12:11 says that the enemy

    is overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our

    testimony. Because Jesus shed His blood two thousand years

    ago, we now have a testimony about how He gave everything to

    save us. Because of what He did in the past, His Spirit presently

    lives in the heart of every Christian, ensuring a glorious future

    for His people and His kingdom.

    How could the enemy possibly compete with that?

    Robert Morris, founding senior pastor, Gateway Church;

    bestselling author, The Blessed Life, The Power of Your Words,

    The God I Never Knew and The Blessed Church

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    Acknowledgment

    I would like to gratefully acknowledge writing consultant Trish Konieczny for her invaluable help in preparing this book for publication. Her skill, patience and sense of humor

    have made working together on this and other manuscripts a joy.

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    Sizing Up the Enemy

    The Advantage Is on Our Side

    Oh, its only you.So said the great evangelist Smith Wigglesworth one night when he awoke to see the devil standing at the foot of his

    bed. Far from reacting in fear and panic, as many a Christian

    might do, Wigglesworth sized up the enemy and found him

    lackingso badly lacking, as Albert Hibbert writes in Smith

    Wigglesworth: The Secret of His Power (Harrison House, 1982,

    1993), that the evangelist immediately rolled over and went back

    to sleep.

    The devil must have been dumbfounded. No doubt he ex-

    pected a di\erent response, a little initial terror at the least. Had

    he foreseen such a scathing assessment, he probably would not

    have bothered to appear. Foresight, however, has never been

    one of his strengths. He cannot foresee anything, and he is not

    omni-anything either. Whereas God is omniscient, omnipotent

    and omnipresentall-knowing, all-powerful and present every-

    wherethe devil is simply overrated.

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