Victory in Jesus

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  1. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. — Colossians 2:15
    We can count on the fact that there are unseen evil forces that have been assigned to kill, steal, and destroy everything good in our lives. The Bible clearly teaches that these devilish forces band together to commit acts of aggression against the saints — and that includes you and me!

    This truth is quite evident in Scripture, for Paul wrote many verses about spiritual weapons, spiritual armor, and how we are to resist these unseen, demonic forces. Yet it is very important that we approach this subject with the right attitude!

    Because of Jesus’ death on the Cross and His resurrection from the dead, the forces of hell are already defeated. However, even though they have been legally stripped of their authority and power, they continue to roam around this earth, carrying out evil deeds like criminals, bandits, hooligans, and thugs. And just like criminals who refuse to submit to the law, these evil spirits will continue to operate in this world until some believer uses his God-given authority to enforce their defeat!

    We need to get ahold of this truth: These demonic forces are legally stripped of their authority and are defeated! We are not puny, struggling believers who are somehow trying to learn how to cope with the devil’s attacks against us. We’re not merely trying to learn how to scrape by or survive. Jesus’ death and resurrection gave us the legal authority to keep Satan under our feet, so we must always make sure we approach spiritual warfare as victors and not victims.

    Let’s look at Colossians 2:15 to gain a greater revelation of the victory Jesus has already accomplished for you and me through His death, burial, and resurrection. Paul tells us that Jesus “…made a shew of them openly….” The word “openly” is taken from the word parresia, a word that is used throughout the books of the New Testament to denote boldness or confidence.

    By using the word parresia, Paul declares that when Jesus was finishing His dealings with Satan, His victory over the devil was no “quiet affair.” Quite the contrary! Jesus boldly, confidently, and loudly exposed and displayed this now-defunct foe to Heaven’s hosts. Make no mistake! When Jesus “made a shew of them openly,” it was quite a spectacular show!

    The verse continues, “…He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” The word “triumph” is taken from the Greek wordtriambeuo, which is a technical word used to describe a general or an emperor returning home from a grand victory in the enemy’s territory. Specifically, the word “triumph” was used to describe the emperor’s triumphal parade when he returned home.

    When a returning emperor or general came striding through the gates on his big, powerful, and beautiful horse, he was accompanied by his fellow victorious warriors, who also appeared glorious after their triumphant battle. As the parade followed, the weaponry and treasures seized from the enemy’s territory were grandly displayed for all to see.

    The grand finale to this triumphal procession was the foreign ruler himself. This ruler had been beaten and bound in chains and was now being forced to walk in disgrace, shame, dishonor, embarrassment, and humiliation as crowds of people came to celebrate his defeat and to get a “peek” at a once-powerful but now totally defeated opponent.

    So when Colossians 2:15 declares that Jesus triumphed over evil powers, it is explicitly declaring that Jesus took the enemy apart piece by piece as He thoroughly “spoiled principalities and powers.” When Jesus was finished with those demonic forces, they were utterly plundered —“stripped to bare nakedness” and left with nothing in hand to retaliate!

    Because of the words parresia and triumbeuo, Colossians 2:15 conveys this idea:

    “...He gallantly strode into Heaven to celebrate His victory and the defeat of Satan and his forces. As part of His triumphal process, He flaunted the spoils seized from the hand of the enemy. Yet the greatest spectacle of all occurred when the enemy himself was openly put on display as bound, disgraced, disabled, defeated, humiliated, and stripped bare.…”

    Jesus’ victory over Satan was a momentous affair! When Jesus returned, He was totally triumphant! The party Heaven threw that day was enormous! All of Heaven’s hosts came to celebrate Jesus’ victory and Satan’s downfall and demise! Right there in front of everyone, Jesus displayed the devil and his cohorts, so all could know that this enemy no longer had the legitimate right or the necessary arms to prolong his rule of terrorism.

    Once again, Satan is not a force we are trying to defeat; he is alreadydefeated. But because very few believers know how to effectively use their God-given authority to resist Satan, he tries to continue illegally operating and doing damage to the souls of men and even to the creation itself.

    No matter what demonic strategy may come against you this day or how many demons are assembled together for your destruction, younever have to go down defeated. Jesus plundered the enemy when He rose from the dead. So when you look into the mirror, you need to learn to see yourself as one who already has the victory. You already possess the authority necessary to keep Satan under your feet where he belongs. Remember, you are no longer a victim — you are a victor!


    Lord, I thank You for the victory You obtained by Your resurrection from the dead! No one else could have done what You did for us. You invaded hell; broke the power of its demonic forces; seized their artillery; and bound the devil. And because You did all this, You set us free! You are our Great Victor, our Great Champion, and You are the Lord of all lords. Thank You for cleansing me with Your blood and granting me the honor to be called a child of God and a joint heir with You.
    I pray this in Jesus’ name!


    I confess that Satan is not a force I am trying to defeat because he is already defeated. I use my God-given authority to resist him, and he flees from me. No matter what demonic strategy may come against me this day or how many demons may try to assemble together for my destruction, I NEVER have to go down in defeat. When I look into the mirror, I see someone who already has the victory. I possess the authority necessary to keep Satan under my feet where he belongs!
    I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!


    1. Do you approach life like you are a victorious champion, or a struggling victim?

    2. Do you quickly give in to defeat, or do you dig in your heels and refuse to go down defeated?

    3. What changes could you make in your thoughts, words, and attitudes to help you maintain a more victorious approach to life?
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  2. Colossians 2:15 is one of my favourite Bible quotes. It always gives me hope and strength.

    Victory is ours and all glory goes to Our Lord Jesus!
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  3. Here's another subject - spiritual warfare - I once considered for one of my Sunday School lessons.

    I changed my mind, though. I'm hardly an expert on the matter and it's probably too complex and controversial for 12 y.o. kids.
  4. The only thing truly GOOD in our lives is the Lord Jesus.
    The devil wants to rob you of HIS presence in you.
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  5. A really good book is called dressed to kill by Rick Warren. It will give you what you need to be able to break it down for your kids. To be able to listen to the Holy Spirit tell you how to engage their interest and pit it in a way they can understand. Also think about teaching on the battle of the mind. Two very important subjects. But without their understanding how important choosing the words that we speak are, and how important walking in love and forgiveness is, the rest won't be as effective.

    God Bless....always praying for you and your class!
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  6. Ya know the sad part is that most people don't know how the devil operates. So they don't know how to stop the enemy from robbing the presence of the Lord from them. Or how to keep the anointing flowing in their lives. But God has the plan on how to instruct people to be ambassadors of the Anointing that removes burdens and destroys yokes.

    God bless
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    Be obedient and find yourself favored.
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  8. Even for Christians. If we're set on the things of the flesh then we're enemies of God.

    Romans 8:7 (KJV)
    Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
    For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. ​

    Nahum 1:2 (KJV)
    God [is] jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and [is] furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth [wrath] for his enemies. ​
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  9. This is absolutely true.
    And yet how many believers realize or believe that they can have any thoughts other than God thoughts. Or that God is in total control of everything and poof like magic their mind and emotions always line up with the Word. None of Which is true.

    God has placed certain things in our control (Dt. 30:19) and it's our responsibility to renew our minds on purpose and cause our bodies and souls to submit to the Word. To be a dooer of the Word and not just a hearer. (James 1:23)

    Some people even think that just because they are a believer, that they can do anything they choose because they are full of the Holy Spirit. But even Jesus asked the Father about things He did prior to acting, or waited on the Father for instructions before He did anything.

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  10. Amen! It's really a shame they don't understand how God works. They spiritualize things and never apply them to their own lives. They love the historical figure of Jesus, but rarely have Him in their lives. If something is physically tangible they reject them and if it's something that cannot be manifested they accept. It pains me deeply how much a hold the devil has on Christians. The worst thing is how many of these people believe they're Christians when they're not and will die thinking they are. :( It really breaks the heart.
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  11. Sigh... some has been awakened.
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  12. We are blessed because we can tap into the Spirit of God within us. That energy source is eternal if we feed it with truth, love and faith.
    Our soul is like a battery. It gets recharged every time we follow Jesus Christ to the Father. God's Grace keeps us filled with Spirit.

    On the other hand, evil has no such source of energy for itself. It relies on outside sources like ourselves. It cannot feed from the purity of God for if it did, itself being dark, will die under the light. So evil can only feed of the energy wasted by us through our lack of faith, such as our fears. Under such tension from our fears, we bleed our energy for evil to feed from. Evil feeds from our fears.

    Jesus Christ's boldness and conviction comes purely from doubtlessness (pure faith). Boldness and conviction is not a result from standing firm or to brace one self. It is the other way around. Boldness and conviction is a result from being doubtless in one's faith. In that doubtlessness, there is no tension, no fear.
    In that pure faith of doubtlessness, anything that is not pure vacates the space it is in. It makes room for the faithful to pass through any obstacle.
    Certain saints have experienced this. In their faith, they have walked through flames untouched.
    So too, in that conviction Jesus Christ became untouchable, for he was in the Father, and the Father was in him. Jesus Christ became the Uncreated Light of God, the exact opposite of evil. Nothing impure can survive it.

    The goal then, to be victorious in Jesus, is to be believe, to have faith, and not be afraid.
    Jesus has told us to do these things many times.
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  13. Soooo true and I believe God is sending those who have been awakened to preach and teach those who love God and are serving Him, but need some revelation knowledge on the truth of the Word of God, and His Character and Ways of operating
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