The seventy- two returned with joy, saying, “ Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Mark 10:17-20
I wanted to finish this passage off with a few more thoughts today. Yesterday we discussed how there is actually only one devil. We looked at how when things go awry it might not always be ‘the devil’ but actually our own thoughts and habits that have taken us off beam.
Today I just want to remind us of something very important in this statement. Not only did satan fall but we have been given all authority over him. We looked at this recently when we discussed the verse in James that says, “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Look at those words carefully. The Bible tells us that the devil won’t step slightly back still fronting his chest out to you in opposition, it says that as we submit to God he will flee from us.
Now I was chasing someone yesterday, in fun, but as he ran to get away, in his haste he tripped over his own feet and fell over. It looked funny. It was unsightly. He was desperately scrabbling away trying to stand up. That is what the enemy is like when you are submitted to God.
When you are as one with the will, purpose and mind of God through the Holy Spirit you are a force unstoppable. The demons quivered as Jesus approached them. Why? Because He was the Son of God and filled with the power of The Holy Spirit.
Guess what. We are children of God (1 John 1:3) and we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The devil and all his cohorts are not your problem. Yes they may be your enemy, but you are more than empowered to overcome. Indeed we read in Revelation that we overcome by the word of our testimony and the blood of the lamb (Rev 12:11)
Start getting historical with your faith. Thats what Israel did. They built little alters and stone mounds at every point of their journey into and thought the promised land. Do the same. Share testimonies, write down what God has done for you so that when times feel tough you can read your ‘blessings book”.
Read that and declare the victory of Christ in your life and over the enemy and then watch him flee. If you consider some of the most recent conflicts in Afghanistan, or Libya etc. Take Helmand province where the British were maintaining peace up until recently.
The Taliban were defeated at the elections. the people spoke and a majority called for change. The soldiers were there to enforce that victory. Now, just because they were beaten, it didn’t stop the enemy soldiers from fighting just as hard. But they were defeated. there was no support for them.
As the British took ground, so the enemy retreated. Further and further until, pretty much, other than a few die hards, the taliban have been neutralised and the troops returned home.
Our soldiers were the victors before they even started because the victory was already won at the ballot box. Our troops were going in with more weapons, more support, more manpower, greater sustainability because they were the winning side. Sometimes the enemy got lucky and took out a soldier. Sometimes a soldier was not on their top form and were injured. But, we were the winning team.
So it is in the spiritual realms. We are the winners. We are the force with the most power. Yes the enemy tries to chip away at us. Yes they have the odd victory. But when this army sweeps into town from the front, the enemy sneaks out the rear as fast as it can.
Our final verse on this today is found in Colossians 2:14-15. “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.”
Jesus took it all out of the way to the cross. Everything. There is nothing that the enemy has over you or me that was not paid for by Jesus at the cross. Jesus made a spectacle of satan. He didn’t just beat him, Jesus totally and utterly humiliated him. Jesus has triumphed over the devil and every demon.
And where are we? Seated in the heavenly places with Christ. You are not alone! You are not in this fight by yourself! Spiritually you are seated in the heavenly places and spiritually is where the enemy is battled and defeated. In Christ we have the victory. In Christ you have the victory.
Have a great day! We are more than conquerors!!
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