1 Corinthians 15:57-58 – “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” NKJV
Picking up where we left off we need to anchor in our hearts and minds the truth of God concerning the enemy of our souls, the devil. We need to become those who believe and understand the devil has been defeated.
He Was Defeated at the Cross.
This is an accomplished fact and it is to be said PAST TENSE, he has been defeated. If we could somehow grasp that reality and apply it in our lives it would be powerful. There can be no permanent victory UNTIL we see and appropriate the truth that the devil was defeated at Calvary. Remember Hebrews 2:14, “That through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, even the devil.” The word “destroy” in the Greek is [katargeo] which means to “make of none effect.”
He Is Defeated Today.
Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is a present reality and truth that Jesus has present dominion over the devil and has delegated His authority to us, therefore, we have dominion over the devil today. At, least that is our heritage.
He Is Defeated Forever.
What more do we need to know?
WE, BELIEVERS, CAN OVERCOME SATAN IN OUR DAILY LIVES THROUGH JESUS.
I have been told by coaches through the years that the best offense is a good defense, and that hold significant truth, it is applicable here. We need to establish a good defense and learn to “give no place” to the devil in anything. We need to fill our lives so full of God there is no room for anything the devil offers. We need to become “sober and watchful” as 1 Peter 5:8 charges and instructs. We have to actively RESIST the devil and when we do, in Jesus name, he flees. Also, we must become those who can and do enforce the Victory of Calvary walking in the knowledge of the Finished Work of Jesus. We also need to learn to exert our Spiritual Authority and take Luke 4:18 to heart and incorporate it into our daily walk.
We can and should have Victory Now in our Present Daily Lives. We have the Name of Jesus and the Blood of Jesus as our weapons and authority. The Name of Jesus empowers us and the Blood of Jesus cleanses and protects us. Jesus said He came that we could have LIFE and that life would be ABUNDANT!
Refuse to allow the devil to rob you of your Present Victory and become one who Enforces the Victory of Calvary through the Name and Blood of Jesus. God bless you as you go through this day in His Strength and Grace!