A Defeated Enemy
"He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.—Colossians 2:15"
are not called to defeat Satan. God has already done that in Christ!
Nor is it our mandate to "bind” Satan. Jesus has already set limits on
the extent and duration of Satan's freedom. Satan, "our ancient foe,”
was decisively and completely defeated by Christ's sacrifice on the
cross and in His resurrection. With regard to Satan, our assignment is
to trust in the victory that Christ already achieved and daily resist
him with the truth of his defeat, as Jesus did.
is the father of lies and a master deceiver (John 8:44). If he can
convince you that God has not defeated him, then you will not experience
Jesus' victory. You will find yourself fighting battles that Christ has
already won! You will fear Satan though he has already been utterly and
humiliatingly defeated. Your responsibility is to resist Satan, and he
will flee from you (James 4:7). When you resist him, you are
acknowledging that Jesus has defeated him and given you victory over his
influence. God has provided you with spiritual armor that is more than
sufficient to withstand any assault by Satan (Eph. 6:10–20).
can become preoccupied with battling Satan. This deceives them to
invest their time and energy attempting to do something that Christ has
already done for them. If Satan can divert you to wage a warfare that
has already ended in surrender, he will have eliminated your
effectiveness where God wants you. Fearing Satan is fearing a prisoner
of war. You have no need or calling to defeat Satan, you need only to
apply Christ's victory in every area of your life and to live the
victorious Christian life. As you go about sharing the gospel message
with others, Satan and his forces face the reality of their defeat in
each life that is claimed by the kingdom of God (Luke 10:17–20).
—Experiencing God Day by Day