IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: AS CHRISTIANS OUR VICTORY OVER SATAN IS ALREADY A DONE DEAL
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’ And he said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’” (vv. 17–18).
The very gates of hell continue to crumble as the gospel goes forth today, proving Matthew Henry’s comment that “Christ foresaw that the preaching of the gospel would wherever it went pull down Satan’s kingdom.” As the church we have been given the authority to “tread on serpents” (v. 19) — to participate in Jesus’ crushing of the Devil (Gen. 3:15) — and no matter what the Enemy throws at us, we the Lord’s people will triumph in the end.
- Luke 10:17–20
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world”
(1 John 4:4).
“We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them”
(1 John 5:18).
Though the Bible presents the Devil as a powerful and cunning opponent, it also tells us that Christians can have victory over this enemy.
It is important that we understand our enemy. We need to know what he is able to do, his limitations, and the various ways in which he works. The Bible says.
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil’s schemes”
This can only be found from a study of God’s Word. Satan takes advantage of those who are spiritually immature and ignorant.
Know His Methods
We also need to know how the Devil works – we are not to be ignorant of his methods. The Bible says.
that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Test The Spirits
Believers have a responsibility to test the spirits.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
This is something we must actively do, we are not to sit by passively.
Be Actively Watching
The Bible tells us to be watching for these tricks of the Devil.
Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
We should be on guard against his attacks.
Resist Him When He Comes
The Bible tells believers to resist the Devil.
Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the Devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7) .
Resist has the idea of withstand, or to stand our ground. By standing our ground, Satan can be overcome. John wrote to believers.
“I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one”
(1 John 2:13).
Put On The Full Armor Of God
The believer has authority over the unseen realm by putting on the spiritual armor that God has provided.
For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm (Ephesians 6:12,13).
The armor consists of spiritual realities that believers need to appropriate every day. By daily surrendering ourselves to the Lord, and placing our faith in Him, we can take advantage of these spiritual realities because it is a spiritual battle in which we are fighting. The Bible says.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).
These realities are compared to the outfit a Roman soldier would wear.
Are you afraid of the Devil? He is a mighty foe, but we have been given the mighty sword of the Word of God that has “divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). We wage war against Satan by praying for our enemies and recalling the promises and warnings of Scripture that keep us from evil. Let us always remember the authority we have in Christ by His Spirit and be comforted that Satan’s worst is no match for our Father’s love.
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