Demonstrating Satan's Defeat
A few years ago we had a white rabbit that lived in our fenced-in backyard. We let our Pomeranian dog, Snickers, out. He saw the rabbit and lunged toward him. The rabbit ran, flipped around, and jumped over Snickers. The rabbit began chasing him. From then on, the rabbit ruled the back yard.
Snickers had the power to destroy that rabbit, but he didn’t know it. Many Christians are running from the devil like Snickers did from a rabbit. They do not realize that they have the power of God to stop any devil. The devil must laugh at the thousands of Christians—the mighty sons and daughters of God—who are intimidated by demon forces. They have the power to cast out demons and yet they roll over and run like my dog in the face of these defeated demon forces. They often lay down to depression, worry, sickness, disease, strife, lack, etc.
John 16:8, tells us that, “When He comes (the Holy Spirit), He will convict and convince the world and BRING A DEMONSTRATION to it about sin, and about righteousness, and about judgment.” Now, notice in verse 11 that Jesus says, “Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” Jesus is declaring to us, “The Holy Ghost will be in the believer to BRING A DEMONSTRATION about judgment, because the ruler of this world (satan) is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.” We are to demonstrate satan’s defeat.
The Holy Ghost is in us to BRING A DEMONSTRATION. He is jealous and eager for Jesus to be glorified. He is zealous to perform this demonstration. He will rise quickly to come to the aid of every believer to demonstrate to the world that Jesus has completely conquered satan and every demonic force. He will certainly do His part, but will we do ours?
Children of God, we need to arise and take the authority that has been given to us and cast out the devil in Jesus’ name. (Mark 16:17). Satan may roar like a lion against us and fear may attempt to grip our hearts, but we must know that Jesus defeated the devil through His finished work at Calvary. He gave to us His victory. We must be determined to walk in it forbidding demons to stop us. Paul said in I Thessalonians 2:18, “… Satan hindered us.” Hindered means “breaking up the road by placing obstacles in the path.” Paul also said in II Corinthians 4:9 (Amplified Bible), “We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down (knocked down) to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed.” Satan may be yelling at you, “One, Two, Three; You’re out.” Don’t believe this lie. Get up! You’re more than a conqueror through the Lord Jesus Christ. You have the victory. Now, act like it. (Romans 8:37, I Corinthians 15:57 & 58).