God has not only conquered the devil, but He has through Jesus also made us more than conquerors.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Imagine a boxer goes into the ring to fight an opponent; he defeats the opponent and although battered and bruised, he is a conqueror and gets the prize money. Now imagine this victorious boxer goes home and hands over his prize money to his wife who goes out to the shops to buy herself nice things. The boxer is a conqueror, but his wife is more than a conqueror! She is walking in the blessings of what her husband has achieved for her. It is the same with us and Jesus; He fought and won the fight and we get to spend the prize.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
In Ephesians 6:10-18 we see two images: one image is of a soldier putting on his armor, and the other is an image of wrestling. In Roman times (when Paul was writing this letter to the Ephesian church), wrestlers wrestled naked. In this passage Paul is contrasting two things: a naked wrestler and an armored soldier. The Bible tells us that when Jesus defeated the devil, He stripped him of his power and triumphed over him, making a public spectacle of him. A Roman triumph was a victory parade, where the prisoners from a war were paraded naked through the streets for all to see. We need to see that the devil is in a wrestling match, naked, but we enter the ring fully armored, with sword and shield. Who would you bet on to win the match?
Just like the passage says, as we put on God’s armor which He freely provides through Jesus, we will walk in victory:
- Belt of truth: The truth that Jesus has set us free.
- Breastplate of righteousness: We are made the righteousness of God in Jesus.
- Shoes of the Gospel of peace: The good news, we are reconciled with God in Jesus.
- Shield of faith: God’s given us the measure of faith, we live our lives with the faith of Jesus.
- Helmet of salvation: God has given us the gift of salvation through Jesus.
- Sword of the Spirit: The Word of God. God has given us His written Word and Jesus is the Word made flesh.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
So let’s plug into what God has provided through Jesus. Let’s leave all our old attempts to be good in our own strength and submit to God’s way of doing things. When you do this and tell the devil to go away, he will run as fast as he can.