VICTORY OVER SATAN (Part 2)
For the disciple, victory over Satan, as an essential ingredient to a miraculous ministry, has three aspects.
- Victory Through Jesus Christ
- This is victory as a priviledge. We are victors because the victor himself, that is Jesus Christ, is our friend. We too are victors. Romans 8:37 says we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
- We are victors because the victor is our captain. Romans 8:31 says if God be for us who can be against us. The victor is our captain. We his followers are also victors.
- We are also victors because the victor dwells in us. 1John 4:4 says:
‘Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.’
If the greater one is dwelling in us, that is Jesus Christ the victor, it means that we are victors also. 1 Samuel 22: 1-2 tells of the story of David in the cave Adullam. The people who gathered themselves debtors, wretched people, and he became their captain. were Why did these people gather together to him. It was because they knew that David had overcome Goliath and so anyone who wanted to bully or oppress them be bigger before he succeed. In the same manner, if Satan comes our way, we can easily refer him to Jesus, our Captain. In Him our victory is established.
- d) Our victory is established through our faith in Jesus Christ I John 5:4-5. Who is he that overcomes the world? One with faith in Jesus Christ. The victory we have through Jesus Christ is transmitted to us, according to Philippians 4:13 which says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In other words, I can be victorious through Christ who gives me strength.
- Victory By Personal Responsibility
We are victors as long as we are crucified with Christ. Galatians 2:20-21 says that we are crucified with Christ but nevertheless we live but it is no longer us living but Christ who lives in us. You may say you are a victor, but if you are not crucified with Christ, if you don’t do your part, the victory might not become a reality in your life. The Bible made it clear in Galatians 6:1-8 that we are victors as long as we are willing to share in the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his humiliation, in his resurrection, his power, anointing and triumph over the devil. However, God has also made provision for the grace, power and ability to do all these things. Philippians 4:19 says that God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Psalm 27:1 also tells us that the Lord is our light and our salvation. Whom shall we fear? The provision has been made for our responsibilities.
Who then can stop us from a miraculous ministry! It is you who can stop yourself. In other words, from today, you can begin to live a daily life of miraculous ministry.
THE DAILY LIFE IN A MIRACULOUS MINISTRY
Hebrews 2:14-15. The Bible says that Satan has been paralysed, but he is not dead. A paralysed man has a certain zone of activity. It may not be large but the zone is there. He could be on a bed, paralysed there but the zone is there. He can see, smell, hear. These are still in the range of his activities. We know from I Peter 5:8 that Satan has a fairly wide range to roam. He walks about seeking whom he will devour.
In Revelation 20:1-3, the Bible makes it clear that a day is coming when Satan shall be bound and thrown into prison danger zones where you not go. You must also know that God did not say ‘bind’ the det What He says is that you should resist him for his day of binding is coming. You can bind demons but when it comes to the devil, the Bible says resist him.
You must stay away from the danger zone if you want to operate in a miraculous ministry, because the miraculous ministry is a hot ministry.
According to Colossians 1:12-13, there are two zones. One which belongs to Christ, and the other which belongs to Satan. You as a disciple have been translated from the devil’s zone unto Jesus’ zone – Don’t go back into Satan’s Zone. Don’t go into an area where Satan can trap you. I John 2:8-10 makes it clear that we must walk in love in order to remain in the light zone. As long as you walk in love, Satan has no access to you. Once you are walking in love and in the will of God, the devil will have no access to you.
LOVE AND MISSIONS
What does love do? Love will compel you to go to missions. In John 3:35, the Bible says the Father loves the son. There is no doubt about it. And as a result of that, he sent him on the missionary work to the world. (John 10:36; John 9:4; John 8:9; John 3:16). God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten Son.
Go to the World and become a missionary. In John 16:28 Jesus further confirmed it. He said “I am a missionary, I am here to seek and to save the lost”. It follows in John 15:13 that because Jesus loves you He says to you ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’ Jesus sends us into the world because he loves us. It is love that will lead you to the lost. In John 13:20 Jesus called us his representatives. If they receive us they also receive him.
In I John 4:20-21, we find that the only way to respond to God’s love is to love men also. Once you are willing to become a missionary, you begin to see the tremendous power of God working in you. For example Elijah in 1 Kings 17:1 was a missionary. The Bible records that he was a Tishbite.
For the love of Jehovah he was in solitary confinement for months. I Kings 17:8-9 tells us he became a missionary unto Zarephath. In I Kings 18:40 on Mount Carmel, he was able to give a terrible blow to Satan and all his host. By the time you get to 2 Kings 1:7-15, he put the enemy to shame several times. According to 2 Kings 2:11, when he was going to be to glory as a successful missionary the Almighty God sent His own chariot for him.
So if you are willing to walk in love, you can have miracles in your life on a daily basis. Walking in love means being a missionary. Being a missionary doesn’t necessary mean that you will leave your country. You can be a missionary right where you live. There are several people who have not heard the gospel in your country. You can take the gospel to them. Signs will only follow those who go. If you move out, signs, miracles and wonders will begin to follow you.
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