While Jesus was in hell defeating the devil for us, He preached redemtption to all of the righteous and OldTestament prophets so that they could be redeemed and go to Heaven. All of the authority that the devil had stolen from Adam was taken back. Satan, the devil, was virtually stripped of all his power and authority which he had stolen from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Colossians 2:15 The Passion Bible... Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner ... they were His!
Jesus did this once and for all, never having to do it again. Until you believe and understand this, the devil will continue to come along and steal from you just the same as he did with Adam and Eve. So everyday you have to get into the Word of God and learn about the authority that you have over him and how to stop him from stealing from you.
Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler