Our Victory Over Satan: Part 2: His Sovereignty
I John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Our victory over Satan is the heart and will of God for us. Yet more than that, God also has the sovereign power to win and extend this victory. It would mean little more than a desire and wishful thinking if the power we received to fight the enemy was not from the God who is above all and has all power. Happily, the One who wills victory also has the power to make it happen.
God’s sovereignty and power is of course a theme flowing through the entirety of the scriptures. Ephesians 1:18b-21 expresses it this way: …that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
His power toward us who believe is “exceeding great,” able to raise Christ from the dead (winning victory over “the last enemy”—I Corinthians 15:26) and—against all of Satan’s attempts to stop this—has seated Christ at the right hand of God. God’s power is far above every spiritual power, everywhere and in every age.
One of the most commonly quoted encouraging “promises” of God is powerful in its direct simplicity: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (see above). This is our “bottom line” for the issue of authority: God’s power is greater than Satan’s, no matter what we experience, feel, or see around us.
Yet nearly hidden in this powerful word is another jewel: Not only can we see that the power of God is greater than our enemy’s, this scripture makes the direct comparison of God’s power with Satan’s so that we can see where the main contest lay—between God and Satan. I John 4:4 is not just a statement of fact about how powerful God is; it’s also an indication of how God’s power is being applied. Yes, it’s descriptive, but it also contains direction!
Greater is He who is in us (God) than our enemy. Yes, this is a great encouragement when we feel overwhelmed by Satan’s power and victories. It’s also an encouragement to use that superior power where it’s best applied—against the wiles and schemes of our enemy.
Prayer: Father, I confess that I’m sometimes disheartened and distracted from You by the temporary victories of our enemy. Please remind me that Your power is always greater than his. Remind me, too, that Your great power is not meant to be simply admired, but to be used to destroy the enemy’s kingdom and to increase Yours.