“And having spoiled principalities and powers,
he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Col 2:15; KJV).
This verse is good news as it tells us that Jesus defeated the power of satan
in his victory at the cross. This is confirmed in Hebrews 2:14 where we read that
Jesus destroyed the devil and rendered him ineffective. The meaning of the
Greek word for destroyed is to make something totally ineffective or powerless.
can we establish this victory in our lives? It's one thing to know what Jesus
did for us but how can we benefit from this? God has given us authority over
satan in order to enforce this victory as it says in Luke 9:1, when Jesus gave his
disciples: “power and authority over all demons”. Also, when Jesus gave the
last commission to his disciples (and to us) in Mark 16:17, he said they (we)
would cast out demons: "in his name". James, the brother of Jesus,
told us we should: “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”.
The Greek word for resist means to take a bold stand and oppose.
ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose
on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt 18:18). We have the authority to loose
all the works of the devil from our lives and those of other people and we can
bind them far from us. We need to use
our authority, prayer, and God’s promises in his word to: "fight the good
fight of faith"(1 Tim 6:7), against the devil and his attacks. Always
remember that we are resisting from a point of victory.
things come against you? People? Problems? Pressures? Shadrach, Meshach and
Abednego were thrown into a furnace so hot that the guards who threw them in
were killed by the heat (Dan 3). The 3 were thrown in the fire because they
refused to worship the image of King Nebuchadnezzar. When in the 3 were in the
furnace, the King noticed a fourth person: "like the Son of God" (Dan
3:25). Jesus was in the fire and delivered them.
described the tribulations, persecution and afflictions that came against him
as he obeyed God in ministry (1 Cor 11:24-28; 2 Tim 3:11-12). He was beaten
stoned, hungry, tired and threatened by angry crowds and robbers. However, Paul
said triumphantly that God delivered him every time.
said we would have challenges in this life but he also said not to worry
because he is victorious over everything that can come against us. (John 16:33).
Jesus was in a boat with his disciples when a fierce storm arose. The disciples
woke him up in a panic: “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the
sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark
4:39). Isn't it wonderful to know that
when the storms of life come against us, we have Jesus in our boat (Mark
in the fire lately?
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bible says that as Christians, Christ lives in us (Gal 2:20) and we are in him.
He is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:5). We have been grafted in to
the vine. Spiritually this means that we are in Christ. As the life of the vine
flows out to its branches, so the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, lives in us
and flows from us.
the book of Colossians, we are told that we have been removed from the power of
darkness and placed in to the kingdom of light (Col 1:13). This is God’s
spiritual kingdom of light; we are connected to Jesus and live in his sphere of
has been defeated through Christ’s victory at the cross and he (satan) was
stripped of all power and authority in our lives as Christians (Col 2:15).
Christ, God sees us as righteous (1Cor 1:30), his sons and daughters (Gal 3:26)
and more than conquerors (Rom 8:37). “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me” (Phil 4:13; KJV).
is who we are but we need to walk in it. This requires that we study the word
and find out who we are in Christ; build up our faith so we can stand up to
satan when he comes to question our new life in Christ. Satan is defeated but
he will try to question your relationship with God through people and by sending
you negative thoughts. You must be convinced of who you are so you can stand
firm in your victory in Jesus.
greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King
coming unto the: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass,
and upon a colt the foal of an ass." (Zech 9:9; KJV). At the culmination
of his ministry on the earth, our King of Kings, Jesus, rode triumphant into
Jerusalem, holding the keys to our salvation, death on a cross and resurrection
to life. What power, what victory, what contrasts.
His triumphant entry was not in a chariot of
gold surrounded by warriors but he came sitting on a lowly donkey with his
bewildered disciples around him. He did not come as an earthly conquering king
to destroy the Roman oppression as many expected (John 6:15). He came humbly,
to do his Father's will (John 5:19), and to win back dominion from satan and
all the spiritual forces of darkness (Col 2:15).
was a victory in the spirit realm that won forgiveness for us (Col 1:14), restored
authority over satan and all his minions (Luke 10:19), and gave us eternal life
with him (1 John 2:25). Zechariah foresaw it (Zech 9:9), Matthew reported it as
fact (Matt 21:3) and the people rejoiced: "Blessed is he who cometh in the
name of the Lord" (Matt 21:9).
humbled to the point of death on a cross (Phil 2:8), won more than any mighty
army of men ever achieved. Let's walk in that victory and authority and impact
our world for good.
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