We Fight a Defeated Foe

            God shows demons His greatness through us.  “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 3:10).  “Rulers and authorities” refer to the breakdown of Satan’s organization of demonic forces (see below under Ephesians 6:10).

LESSON FOR TODAY:  ALL powers are under God’s authority (Ephesians 1:22), but not yet brought under His final control (Ephesians 6:12).  God allows them freedom as He respects mankind’s free will.  He allows man the choice to follow Satan or not.   We are living and building God’s Kingdom of light in the middle of Satan’s kingdom of darkness.  Therefore they can clearly see what we are doing – they carefully watch so they can destroy our work.  But by our lives, our faithfulness and Christlikeness, we proclaim God’s power and greatness.  Our victory over their work reminds them of their ultimate final defeat and demise.  Many, however, are ignorant of this fact, so by our small victories over them now we show them of God’s sovereign control and final defeat of them.  Satan, the great deceiver, has deceived many of his own demons about their final defeat.  Thus by our lives, and our words, we proclaim God’s victory over them.

Satan defeated by God’s people.  Paul reminds the struggling believers that, although it may seem like Satan is winning at the moment, it won’t always be that way.  “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20). 

LESSON FOR TODAY:  Satan has already been defeated at the cross (Hebrews 2:14-15; Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 4:8).  In the future he will be crushed and removed forever (Revelation 20:1-3, 10).  Now, in the present, we have authority and power over him in Jesus’ name (John 14:12; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 9:1; 10:1, 17-19; Acts 1:8).  God uses us to gain victory over Satan even today.  His future fall and removal is sure. It’s just a matter of time.

Satan defeated by God’s people.  Paul reminds the struggling believers that, although it may seem like Satan is winning at the moment, it won’t always be that way.  “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20). 

LESSON FOR TODAY:  Satan has already been defeated at the cross (Hebrews 2:14-15; Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 4:8).  In the future he will be crushed and removed forever (Revelation 20:1-3, 10).  Now, in the present, we have authority and power over him in Jesus’ name (John 14:12; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 9:1; 10:1, 17-19; Acts 1:8).  God uses us to gain victory over Satan even today.  His future fall and removal is sure. It’s just a matter of time.

 

(If I can answer questions or offer personal counsel, or if you would like a free copy of my Spiritual Warfare Handbook, email me at Jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org or download it from http://sw.christiantrainingonline.org/.  My next book, Spiritual Warfare in the Bible, which is a more advanced treatment of spiritual warfare, is also available there for free.)

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
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