June 25

Our Victory Over Satan, Part 1: God’s Will

I John 3:7b For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Our victory over our enemy has been bought and established with a great price, and Satan will do anything to undermine our confidence in that victory. If we can doubt its reality or its power, we miss part of our destiny and the enemy gains a temporary upper hand.

There are several reasons we have this victory, all beginning and ending in God. The first is simple: it is His will that we have this victory. It’s more than a hope or our wish. God intends for us to stand against the schemes of the devil (see above). Jesus came to destroy the enemy’s power through us (see above): “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

As Jesus sent His disciples out to minister, He said in Matthew 10:7-8, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” The devil has clearly had his successes. But it’s just as clear that it’s God’s will for us to reverse those successes while advancing His kingdom.

Luke 11:17-22 contains an argument from Jesus that begins with logic and ends up being a prophetic metaphor of the heart of God in wanting to defeat His enemies:

But [Jesus], knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.”

This is God’s heart, as well as a presentation of His plan to strip Satan and free those held in bondage to him. Hebrews 2:14-15 says it in a different way: “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Don’t ever doubt that our victory over Satan is the will—and plan—of God. Rest assured that the Lord will “take from [the devil] all his armor in which he trusted, and [will] divide his spoils.”

Prayer: Lord, help me not to be distracted by my role in extending Your victory over Satan. I declare my faith in You that this victory is Your will and Your heart. Help me to rest in that truth while I continue to seek You for my role in it.

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