You've probably heard people say, "Oh, the devil is such a powerful person. Look at all these things he can do." I say, "HOGWASH! He can't do anything unless WE LET HIM." He cannot create anything ... he only perverts what's already here. God is the Creator and the devil will try and pervert those things. That's the only thing he can do.
Where does he get his power from? From US! ... not from the worldly bunch because the don't have power to do this. He gets it from us when we allow him ... when we give him permission with our actions or our words ... even sometimes with our non-actions or by our keeping quiet when we should've spoken out. We have to follow the Holy Spirit's leading in keeping quiet or speaking out.
Matthew 28:18 ... Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, "All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in Earth."
Did Jesus say ... "I have all power except what the devil has."? NO ... that's not what He said, is it? Or did He tell them that He has some of the power and we have to get the rest ourself? NO, He didn't say that either.
The Word says, "ALL authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth." ALL!!! You might ask ... "Isn't there a little hole where the devil can have at least a part of it?" NO ... Jesus has ALL of it. Jesus said, "ALL power is given unto Me."
Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler