by Donna L. Watkins
© 2007 Donna L. Watkins - Common Grackle
We have not been called to defeat Satan. Jesus already did it. We are called to enforce his defeat. Colossians 2:15 says, "... having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." It is finished!
Luke 10:19 says, "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you."
When Jesus died and was resurrected He stripped Satan of his power and now we can overcome with the name of Jesus and our faith in it. God gave Jesus all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him a name above any other. The Bible says that at the name of Jesus every knee would bow, on earth and under earth. (Philippians 2:9-10)
We can be the enforcer of His victory. Usually because of human nature, we try all methods and solutions we can come up with to deal with our problems. We move right into relying on ourselves rather than on God's power. Maybe that method worked at one time. Maybe we've grown in faith since then and God wants us to exercise it.
There are only two times that the Bible mentions that Jesus "marveled." Both of them were because of someone's determined faith. They believed that Jesus could turn life around for them.
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." (I Cor. 2:9)
Don't let the devil beat you up. Remember God's promises to us. Remember why He sent Jesus and what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. Let's stir ourselves up in faith and be the enforcer of our destiny, not by human strength and reasoning, but in faith that He has redeemed us and loves us greatly.
Meditate on Isaiah 41:12-13: "Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
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