1 John 3:8
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Jesus came to earth to defeat the devil and to set us free from slavery to sin. Jesus achieved His objective on the cross, the war is won, we are however called upon to enforce His victory in our lives and the lives of others.
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
The Apostle Paul writing to the Colossian church, explains that on the cross, Jesus defeated and disarmed the devil and his forces. He uses the image of a Roman Triumph, where a victorious military commander, leads a procession through the streets, with his army and the captives and spoils of war on display (Click to read about a Roman Triumph).
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Jesus defeated sin, death and the devil and reconciled us with God. We now have peace with God and freedom in Christ to overcome the devil’s evil.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
How we need to walk out what Jesus has won for us. We are given authority on the earth to walk in victory and to advance God’s kingdom. If we don’t understand that we are not trying to defeat the devil, but enforce Jesus’ defeat of him, we will not act from the position of power that Jesus won for us.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
We are tasked with taking the authority Jesus gives us and rolling out His salvation to everyone on earth. When we run into the devil, who has been disarmed of all his weapons, but who can still lie and deceive, we are to resist him and see him flee before us.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
We resist the devil’s lies by bringing God’s truth. As Jesus did when He was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-13), we turn to the Word of God and speak the truth, in faith: “It is written…”.
Look at what the life of a believer should look like:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
We are to speak with authority and in faith to the obstacles in our path, commanding them to go and they will be removed!
Let’s get a revelation of what Jesus has done and step out boldly in faith to spread the good news. When the devil get’s in the way, let’s remind him that he’s defeated and that he has been judged and condemned. Let’s resist the devil’s lies and send him running with the truth.