How to Have Victory in the War Against Satan in Your Life, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #89)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible passage today is I Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”

Our lesson today is titled “How to Have Victory in the War Against Satan in Your Life, Part 2”

The Bible makes it clear that the devil is our enemy — a very real enemy. Many Christians make the mistake of not taking Satan seriously. However, our Lord knows that Satan is a very real being: He was tempted by him in the wilderness and He also warned His disciples against succumbing to his influence. Thankfully, as we learned last week, the Lord also defeated Satan through His death, burial, and resurrection.

When Jesus Christ rose from the dead, Satan and his evil spirits were stripped of all their authority. The Lord Jesus ascended back into Heaven as Victor over all the powers of darkness. He made a show of them openly. Colossians 2:15 says, “And having spoiled (defeated) principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them…”

What an amazing sight this must have been in the unseen spirit world as the Lord Jesus returned to Heaven as the mighty Victor over Satan and the powers of darkness.

The Father welcomed His beloved Son home to glory and gave Him the place of greatest honour and power. Jesus Christ was seated on the very throne of Heaven—far above all the powers of darkness. The Bible says God “raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion.”

Now here is an amazing truth: Christ’s victory over the powers of darkness is our victory! What Christ did, He did as our Representative. We shared in His death, we shared in His burial, we shared in His resurrection, and we share also in His victory over Satan! God raised Christ up and seated Him at His own right hand, and He raised us up with Him. The Bible says, “(God) hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

What is our new spiritual position? We are seated with Christ far above the powers of darkness. We who are in Christ are seated with Him in that position of power and victory “far above all.” We share His throne! To share Christ’s throne means to share His authority. We have been given authority over all the power of the enemy. Jesus told His disciples in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give unto you power [authority]… over all the power of the enemy”

To have authority from Christ means that we have the right to act as His representatives. We can speak and act in His name. There is a difference between “power” and “authority.” A truck has power, but a policeman has authority. Behind the policeman is the authority of the city government, and the driver of the truck recognizes this and obeys him.

Satan and his evil spirits have power, but Christ has the authority. If we are abiding in Christ, we can pray in His name, and the powers of darkness will flee because of the name of Jesus. They recognize that behind us is the authority of Christ Himself. We do not overcome the devil, sin, evil, and temptation through our own power. In fact, we have no power to speak of. But, we can overcome all these things through Christ Jesus who has indeed conquered all.

Lord willing, in our next class, we will talk about how we can appropriate the power of Christ for use in our daily lives.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

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