Okay victorious ones, if you’re reading this today, it’s because your Father is pursuing you. He’s pursuing your victory. He wants it more badly than you do and He will continue to pursue you relentlessly until you’re all He created you to be. I can never hear the reminder that He is FOR me enough. As you’ve probably heard me say, my hope and prayer with this blog is that your theology in the Word of God would become the daily, ongoing reality of your life. The Father did not send Jesus from Heaven to Earth, live a sinless life being fully man, pay the price for us on the cross and resurrect Himself from the grave so you and I would have beliefs that sound nice in the Bible or make cute coffee mugs. He came so that our actual lives would be changed. He came so that we would be able to live the abundant life He created us to have. You and I are on a journey of learning to take what became ours when we became a believers. It is as if when we gave our lives to Jesus, the Father deposited a large inheritance into our bank account, and we’re now learning what we have and withdrawing from what is already ours. But before we can make it a reality we do actually have to know the theology. So this post will be a bit theological, but knowing this is essential to it becoming our reality.
The first thing that we need to settle in our hearts is that the victory has already been won. In Christ, we fight for victory, from victory. We battle to make what already belongs to us in the spiritual realm become ours in the natural realm. So before we get into the nitty gritty of how to live in victory, I want to show you in Scripture that Jesus has already won the victory on the cross. If you know feel like you already know these Scriptures well, pause for a minute and ask Holy Spirit to do a fresh work with these words in your heart today.
Because of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension, the power of sin has been broken. You became a new creation when you became a Christian. “We know that our old self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. For the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live [together] with Him, because we know [the self-evident truth] that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to [glorify] God [in unbroken fellowship with Him]. Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. -Romans 6:6-11
Jesus has triumphed over the devil and his demons and completely disarmed them. “having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through ]the cross.” -Colossians 2:14-15
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. “...The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” -1 John 3:8
Jesus has made the devil ineffective, impotent, and powerless. “Therefore, since [these His] children share in flesh and blood [the physical nature of mankind], He Himself in a similar manner also shared in the same [physical nature, but without sin], so that through [experiencing] death He might make powerless (ineffective, impotent) him who had the power of death—that is, the devil— and [that He] might free all those who through [the haunting] fear of death were held in slavery throughout their lives.”
Meditate on these verses over the next few days, because these are a few of the many verses that reveal that once we’ve placed our faith in Christ, we now share in His victory, which means you have every right to be free. You never have to wonder if freedom and victory are God’s will for you or not. It’s an overwhelming yes, in Jesus’ name. But if you’re like me, you might be kind of frustrated right now. You know the Word says that says these things, but it’s not what you’re experiencing. Maybe the enemy’s influence feels strong right now. We’re going to get there, but today is about laying the groundwork. I’m going to leave you with my favorite verse on victory.
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].” -Romans 8:38