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There is no greater evidence of our faith expressed before Satan than to laugh in his face. He can tolerate your promises, dodge your rebukes, leave for a season and return later. But he can't stand your laughter.

He can sit by and listen to your prayers of unbelief. He can endure your threats because you don't carry them out.

But when you laugh at him, this is new; he is not used to this. What is this laughter coming from the children of God? Where did they learn this?

In six thousand years he has heard this so seldom that he stops and listens, for those who dare to laugh at him must certainly know what they are doing or they wouldn't dare laugh at him!

"Why, don't they know who I am? I cause nations to tremble; I destroy whole governments and cause them to retire in shame. I ably afflict little children and the strongest men alike. I cause armies to slaughter each other. I cause a man to take up a gun and murder his own wife and children! Who dares to laugh at me? I challenge angels on their way to deliver a message. I go before the courts of heaven and disrupt proceedings. Who dares to laugh at me?" he might say.

Only those who know they are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, God's only Son; those who know their names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life; those who not only know the power of the Scriptures but can ably quote them in any given situation or emergency; only those who have the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Yes, those who know what belongs to them and also know that this liar of all eternity is nothing but a defeated foe who can only make empty threats and roar in the distance at these redeemed children of God!

Yes, we can laugh at this feared enemy because he is no longer god in our kingdom. We can laugh at him because we have been translated from his kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son (Col. 1:13).

We have a different citizenship, better passports, and perfect security. We have changed governments and have a new King...His name is Jesus. He is eternal, He is immortal, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His kingdom is one of light and not darkness. His kingdom is one of love and not hate, one of healing and not suffering.

When we realize who we are...joint heirs with the heir of all ages, one who has given us His own name, His own power and His own authority, one who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus...we will not struggle to laugh; it will flow naturally.

It will be a laughter of faith that doesn't operate on how we feel, but who we are!

The story is told about the first Russian cosmonaut. When he returned from the first journey into space he said, "I looked around for God and didn't see Him." One of the American reporters was heard to remark, "If he had stepped out of his space ship he would have."

Laughter at Satan is not recommended for new baby Christians or weak saints. A very well known Bible college professor remarked, "I wouldn't laugh at the devil because I am afraid he would get mad."

This remark, I trust, was made "in jest," because if anyone should know his position in Christ, it ought to be one who teaches the Word. My friend, there may be several reasons why you shouldn't laugh at Satan, but don't worry about making him angry. He has been angry a long time, or haven't you noticed?

Remember the words to the chorus sung by so many: "He signed the deed with His atoning blood. He ever lives to make His promise good. Should all the hosts of hell march in to make a second claim, they would all march out at the mention of Him name."

Ephesians 2:19-22 tells us:
Thus you are strangers and foreigners no longer, you share the membership of the saints, you belong to God's own household, you are a building that rests on the apostles and prophets as its foundation, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone; in Him the whole structure is welded together and rises into a sacred temple in the Lord, and in Him you are yourselves built into this to form a habitation for God in the Spirit.
(Eph. 2:19-22 Moffatt)
Let us stop to think of a redeemed saint of the household of God, one who bears the name of King Jesus, one whose total inheritance is worth more than all of the world put together, one who has a name on his lips so powerful that if measured by megatons, would dwarf all hydrogen bombs...whose name someday all will bow before...this name, Jesus.

That Name that causes demons to tremble. To even consider for a minute saints' cowering before that defeated enemy is unthinkable. Rather, think of the enemy in full retreat and stand your blood-bought ground, purchased with heaven's sacrifice, and laugh at the devil.

Source: He Who Laughs Lasts and Lasts by Dr. Roy H. Hicks
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Roy Hicks
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Roy H. Hicks was a successful minister of the Gospel who gave his life to pastoring and pioneering churches throughout the United States. He served the Lord in various foreign fields, having made missionary journeys to South America, the Orient, Australia, and New Zealand.

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