I’m taking back everything the Devil stole from me!

“I’m taking back everything the Devil stole from me!” 

Have you ever heard this statement? Have you ever made this statement? Have you ever thought about what this statement means?

Spiritual catchphrases. Theological sound bites. Pulpit ear tickling. Harmful error set to beautiful music. Nonsense. These things are the order of the day. Consequently, many of our lives and churches are preoccupied with superficial things, rather than the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered, life-transforming, and culture-engaging mission and message of the gospel.

For instance, there is a popular “Gospel” song that declares God to be faithful and holy. But the response to these divine perfections is this: “I’m reaching the harvest God promised me. Take back what the devil stole from me.” Well, at least it rhymes. I think.

I also think this way of thinking tries to make God our puppet.

The consideration of God’s attributes should cause us to respond with reverent worship, the confession of sin, and a passion to serve him. At least, that’s how Isaiah responded to the sovereign holiness of God (see Isaiah 6).

A true encounter with the majesty and supremacy of God will definitely not result in a militant determination to fight the Devil over the stuff he supposedly stole from you.

The Bible describes our great spiritual enemy in many different ways. It tells us that Satan is a murderer and a liar and a deceiver. The Devil is even pictured in scripture as a serpent and a roaring lion and a dragon. But the Bible does not say much about the Devil being a thief.

In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” But the “thief” Jesus is referring to is not Satan. He’s talking about false religious leaders! And, if Jesus was talking about Satan, why it is that we are only concerned about what he has stolen? Shouldn’t we be just as concerned about what he kills and destroys?

Beyond what the scripture tells us about Satan, we should also think about what it says about following Christ. We are to fight. Stand firm. Resist. Watch. And pray. But the instructions the New Testament give about spiritual warfare do not teach us that we should try to take anything back from devil.

This is not the focus of the Christian life in any way. We should be preoccupied with the Lord Jesus Christ, not with Satan.

Bottom-line, I believe all this talk about “talking back what the Devils stole” only trivializes the biblical and historic Christian faith.

What stuff we are to take back from the Devil?

If you let the high-profile religious personalities tell it, we are to take back our families, health, wealth, joy, ministries, etc.

Let the church say, “Huh?”

This is really bad theology. It suggests that Satan is behind every adverse, difficult, or unpleasant thing that happens in our lives. And it fails to embrace the Lord’s sovereign authority, providential wisdom, and good purposes at work in our lives, including the bad things that happen in life.

This way of thinking about fails to recognize that some challenges we face in life are the result of sin – both others and ours.

Sometimes, we lose things because God will not be mocked. We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7-8).

There is another important theological word that describes why some bad things happen: life.

Life happens to all of us. Following Christ does not guarantee happy marriages, financial success, perfect health, problem-free relationships, or carefree circumstances.

Christianity gives us resources for facing life challenges that unbelievers do not have. We can pray and trust and obey and wait and rejoice and love and forgive and give and serve in the midst of and in spite of life’s difficulties. But Christianity does not teach believers to attack the devil and reclaim stolen stuff from him.

The Apostle Paul declares, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” (Eph. 1:3)

Did you get that?

In Christ, we are perfectly, completely, and irrevocably blessed. And we should praise God for it.

But to neglect our great spiritual blessings in Christ and focus on things you think the Devil has stolen from you is to dishonor the unfailing promises of God, the redemptive work of Christ, and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. That’s like a billionaire crying because he lost one hundred dollars.

So I recommend that you let the Devil keep whatever he has stolen from you!

Friend, if the Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord, you have too many blessings to enjoy and praise God for to worry about what the Devil supposedly stole from you.

What do you think? Please comment. 

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Maria/shawnia

    powerful. Jesus knew us before we were in our mothers womb. He has wove us together in his image before being born. He is the author and the Finisher. The devil is a Liar and a deceiver. He wants believers to give him blame for supposedly stealing from you. number one He has Lost way before we were even conceived. Jesus payed the price on the cross. Jesus defeated all of satans lies and schemes. All of the worldly views that twist the voice of truth. Therefore satan has not stolen anything. As a matter of fact whats meant for darkness and bad Jesus Christ will use for His Good. there it is right there. Jesus is the Center and the King of all. He reigns over all. He is the first place finisher. He holds the world in his hands. satan wants believers to believe he holds your gifts and precious treasures like innocence and purity that listen too this, man has defiled. You see man chose to try to destroy what was alrealdy built and defeated ages ago. ages ago Jesus sealed the truth and when he resurrected listen it was a Deceleration that Jesus won death he won thieves he won lies he won. so if we were created in gods image and we accepted Christ as our lord and savior and we are new and fresh and the holy spirit dwells within we are set apart we are saved we are Christ like and we are to strive and be more like him amen. didi you catch that. we have been restored completely. there is no extra steps to collect back from the devil supposedly what he has stolen. We are kings and queens of Christ. its about time the church starts believing and understanding this. so simple yet so powerful. love you lord.

  • b lilley

    But does take, he does steal and he is our enemy
    ” shall I pursue? Will I recover all? Someone — anyone remember God’s answer to David

  • Phoenix

    Satan..does not GIVE anything..only takes..steals..destroys and kills…okay..God almighty is the giver of all good things…salt..will not make your tea sweet…neither will an oak tree produce sweet apples for you..so ..satan..being evil..has nothing good to give..whatever he has stolen…?? probably isnt really gone at all.for God is all powerful and can just as easily restore all good things unto you in the blink of an eye….even in death..He can bring back life..He is God..who is satan but a stupid tricky little devil liar worm poop anyway…No…let us just keep asking God, giver of all good gifts…for what we need…devil can keep his phony pirate booty…God gives…devil takes…stop asking and demanding for the evil one to give you good things…besides..most of us..GAVE it to him anyway..by choice..by our sins…..no matter what…do not expect a worm…to give you anything more than a parasite……black will never be white…GOD IS THE GIVER! Dear sovereign Lord…please give unto us all good things and grace and mercy and mostly…the ability to see through the lies and backwards deceptions of the evil liar theif worm whom you have already defeated….In Jesus name…amen.Oh…and Lord…the things which I have lost to him through my stupid blind and sometimes deliberate sins…would it be okay if I had them back? I want another chance to do better? Im sorry for breaking the toys and throwing away all the cool gifts you gave me..and for trading them in for bad cheap things…I’m sorry now for I see the error of my ways..I just want another chance to accomplish what I was born for..some of the things lost and traded..i think I may have needed to get my job done…can I at the least…have those things restored?…amen

    • Phoenix

      PS…your grace is sufficient for me…these are the things Im asking from you..that I want you to give me..basically..any and everything I need to accomplish the mission you purposed for me on this earth…You alone know what those things are..car? money to pay for the car? education? brain chemistry? I know better than to ask for what I think I need…for those things I think I need..are usually not good for me…just give me the things both spiritually and physically which You see from your throne on high..that i need to get this job of chain breaking done…so that I may best serve your kingdom..anything else…icing on the cake…just give me back ,,PLEASE…the things I need to accomplish your work through me…I want my hope back my future my love my soul..my brain chemistry..my ME! i love you Lord…and Im so sorry…In Jesus name…give me what You know I need…give me back the desires in my heart which You desire for me..then please..according to your word…fulfill them..amen

  • URIEL

    Thank you so much. I recently heard a sermon about “taking back what the devil stole” and it bothered my spirit as I was listening. Do I really want anything that the devil has: sin, sickness, poverty, deception, etc. (all the negatives and the bad things that only come from him)? Truly, I don’t think so. May GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU for the clarity and spiritual understanding that you brought to this so much used statement. I also thought of the enemy as being Satan but religion being the enemy sounds much more reasonabe.

  • BrothaRollins

    Pastor, can you preach on a series about these popular church phrases, sometimes we say so many phrases that are cliche but really don’t understand if its biblical.

  • Orlando Black

    Thank You for clarity, and sound doctrine. Amen.

  • Truth

    Amen, it is so refreshing to hear a sound perspective. I stopped watching Christian TV some time ago and now very rarely watch it because there is so much Hollywood ear tickling error mixed with truth being preached. The church has been conditioned to just say ‘amen’ without listening to the message. I am so thankful that I had a pastor in my teenage years who constantly taught me not to accept something just because it is preached from a pulpit or comes from a ‘man of God’ he always said, “know God and His word for yourself”. I was speaking to a sister only last night about this same theology; we spoke about whether as Christians we should be taking a secular song and put Christian lyrics to it, she said that we are taking back what the devil stole. I know some secular music can be inspirational but when God is able to inspire his people to write songs of praise and adoration originally meant for Him why would we want to give him anything else?

  • Mitch Hester

    Thank you.  Ravi Zacharias has a radio teaching ministry titled “Let My People Think”.  The lack of Bible Study and thinking is exactly what you have addressed.  At some point or another we may have all been guilty of accepting something, as song, thought, practice or theology, that is not truely biblical.  We must use our minds illuminated by the Holy Spirit to evaluate everything, and embrace the true power og God.

  • Cedric Hicks

    Pastor Charles this is a good editorial. It reminds me of my pastor back in Georgia who added that you shouldn’t want it (what the devil stole) back anyway. I was planning to blog about the stuff is said to hype people up but has no biblical support.

    Once again good piece Pastor Charles.

  • Rev. R. L. Ewell, Sr.

    HB;

    That
    is a prolific and yet humbling insight from God.  Thank you man, for so many years we have been
    guilty in our churches for of saying what sounds good however it has no
    biblical bases whatsoever. From the pulpit to the choir loft from the back door
    to the vestibule/foyer
    i.e. “God
    said, When praises go up blessings come down” another good gospel song.
    I am so happy that my blessings aren’t predicated on my praise. If Satan is in
    the business of stealing my earthly possessions then let him have it. God has
    another blessing in stored for me.

  • Brnyeasy

    Man  you just burst a lot of folks Holy Ghost bubble!!!!!!!!!!!!! If the devil really stole anything from me I don’t want it back. 

  • Clifton

    Now THIS is a word!! I will be rebroadcasting this message everywhere. Thank you!!

    • Kiko

      There’s nothing wrong in personally addressing the Devil to give everything back he stole from you. Many time the Lord gave directions to King David on how to deal with the enemy. The crux of the matter is to always seek Christ first and put Him above all things but power is given to us to rule, reign and to claim everything that is illegally stolen from us. Luke 10:19. of course this can only work and be deployed if you and I are living a holy life. What is a holy life? Check out Jesus’s life and see if He not claimed and gave back to the people what the devil has stolen from them. Amen.