FRIDAY, APRIL 3
God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross. There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when he celebrated his victory.
Colossians 2:14-15 (CEV)
THE DEVIL IS DEFEATED
When Jesus announced, “It is finished!” He declared victory over the devil. As we saw in the devotional reading over the last two days, the Greek word Tetelestai was used as an ancient battle cry shouted by the victor when the enemy was defeated. Satan cannot steal away your salvation. As a follower of Jesus, your identity is unchangeable, your future is secure, and your righteousness is complete. When you understand that your enemy is already defeated, you’ll have faith to overcome any and every challenge this world may bring.
Several years ago, over 60,000 fans packed into Badger Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin, to cheer on their beloved football team get trounced by Michigan State. As the game went on, something odd happened. As the score became more and more lopsided, bursts of cheers came from the stands. Some people began to wonder why some people were cheering while their team was being crushed. What some of the downtrodden fans didn’t realize was a bigger game was taking place seventy miles away from Badger stadium. Their pro baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers, were beating the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the World Series. Many of the Badger fans in the stands were listening to a different contest. They were responding to a greater battle besides what was happening right in front of their eyes.
In many ways, this is like what it means to be a follower of Christ. You might be enduring horrible circumstances, and yet you have something to cheer about. A bigger battle has already been won for you. Since Satan can’t use condemnation to threaten you, he cannot defeat you. Jesus conquered sin, death, and the devil, and the score wasn’t close. Now that is something to cheer about! Though Satan is a defeated foe, he still seeks to draw us away from God, thwart the purposes of God, and cause division. What weapons has God given you to combat the lies of the enemy? How can you utilize these weapons on a regular basis to stand firm in your faith?
In Romans 8:28 (NLT2), Paul was confident that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Praise God for His sovereignty in your life and His ability to bring good out of every circumstance.