We resist satan by remaining steadfast in our faith. Our faith does not vary based on our circumstances, but is constant through all unexpected trials. To be stable in what we believe regardless of feelings, or hurts and pains we all experience from time to time, is a great weapon. Our adversary sends fiery darts our way so we will no longer believe in the promises of God.
When satan sees that this actually increases our steadfastness in the Lord, he flees. He runs because we do not run away from God, but run to the enemy and order him to step back. We confront the enemy and take authority over his destructive ways in the name of Jesus. Our faith rebukes fear. Standing immovable moves the enemy away from our place of victory. We are truly more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.
The devil was defeated through the victory of Christ on the cross. We do not re-defeat the enemy, we release and re-enforce what Christ has accomplished so perfectly. When we run to the Lord, our adversary has to flee. Our enemy’s plan is to get us to run away from the Lord but the opposite happens. Not only do we run to the Lord, but from that place of authority, we go to the enemy in the name of Jesus and command him to flee. We are champions because of the greater one who lives in us, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 5:8-10 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
As parents we know how much we love our children. We will do whatever is needed to protect them from harm. If they are crossing a street and we see a car racing towards them, we run and stretch forth our hands to pull them to safety; or if that isn’t possible, we place our body between them and the car. If necessary, we will protect them by covering them with our own body; we will give our lives for them. That’s what God did for us through the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. He gave His life for us.
On the cross, Jesus took all the punishment for us and all humanity past, present and future. He snatched us out of the hands of the enemy. Our Lord’s saving hand is a daily reality because of what He accomplished on the cross. Through His resurrection, Jesus proved that He conquered our enemies. Whatever we go through today, we reach out to Him – trusting Him.
Our Lord stretches out His saving hand, His healing hand, and His delivering hand. His anointed hand lays hold of us and pulls us out of any situation in which we find ourselves. We can trust that no one, and nothing, will ever be able to snatch us out of His hand! We can hold on because we are secure, safe and sheltered, from glory to glory!
Acts 4:29-30 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
The angel announced Christ was risen, just like Jesus said. Christ’s resurrection resulted from all He had accomplished on the cross. Death had been conquered so He rose from the dead. It’s like the receipt of what was purchased—paid for. It happened just like He said so we can believe everything else He has spoken has, or will, come to pass. His promises are yes and amen and can be depended upon as we hold on to our receipt.
Seeing and understanding His resurrection makes other truths easier to accept. If something of that magnitude occurred, then surely everything Christ has said can be expected. We’ll be more than conquerors in all of our trials. Because He is risen; just like He said; He will be with us, always, just like He said; and He has gone to prepare a place for us, just like He said. Anytime we are heavy laden, we can come to Him and receive His rest and His peace that passes all understanding. When we are thirsty we can come to Him and drink, just like He said!
We can be of good cheer because Christ has overcome the world. Praise God it’s not just like we say. Our words don’t always line up with His as we continue to grow in His likeness. Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful. As we walk through difficult circumstances victoriously, we realize it’s just like He said, from glory to glory!
Matthew 28:6 “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”