“And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his victory procession.” Colossians 2:15 – GNT
Do you believe that Jesus finished the work at Calvary or did He only deliver a small blow to the enemy?
What you believe about this will affect how you see yourself as a believer and how you live in this world where it appears at times that evil is winning. Everyone becomes a victim and we are all left powerless to do anything about it. What a dangerous belief system. If I receive this lie I am diminishing in my life the absolute power made available to me through the cross.
Even in Christian circles the victim mentality has paralyzed many. The notion of being someone who is victorious seems only attainable in the sweet by and by. What an absolute lie!
It is true that we are all going to be targeted by the enemy. God’s Word is clear in letting us know that He will try to kill, steal, and destroy anything and everything good in our lives. But does it stop there?
In the natural, if you were to inform me that someone was going to try and rob me, I would be vigilant in ensuring that I placed a higher level of security around me and my possessions. If someone was coming to rob me, he would be coming illegally and I would use the full force of the law made available to me in order to catch him and expose him. I would not be going down a victim of his destruction. I would gladly watch as the authorities carried him away. Yet in our lives as believers we surrender as if there is nothing we can do about it.
We need to be reminded that because of Calvary these enemy forces have been defeated. Even though disarmed and defeated they will do anything and everything they can to break the law and steal truth from our hearts. Just because someone breaks the law and attempts to steal does not mean that they have the right to do so.
Paul says, Jesus made an open show of the enemy. The word for open in the original language denotes boldness and confidence. Paul is saying that when Jesus finished dealing with the devil it was no quiet affair. He boldly, and loudly exposed this enemy and walked him through the streets bound in chains, disgraced, stripped and completely humiliated. It was a show of all shows.
Jesus triumphed over them implies the idea of an emperor arriving home from a grand victory in the enemy’s territory. He took the enemy apart piece by piece and left them with nothing in hand to retaliate. Jesus wasn’t a little bit victorious. He was totally and completely triumphant.
Satan is not a force we are trying to defeat, he is already defeated. These demonic forces are legally stripped of their authority. They are defeated. It is important for us to understand that we are not incapable weaklings trying to cope with the devil’s assaults. We aren’t just scraping by. Our lives are secure. We have legal authority to keep the enemy under our feet through Christ.
If you approach warfare as a victim, you will likely spend your life being one. Yet, the truth will remain that you had everything you needed to overcome and be victorious. No matter what comes at you or how much the enemy hates you, you never have to go down defeated.
You are not a victim.
Sadly, many like playing the victim. They don’t have to act upon what will produce change. Being victorious means I have to fight when that enemy illegally attempts to enter. The question is not your status or authority but your choice to resist and believe in a God who truly made a way.
Today I am grateful that I am not a victim. Victory has called my name.