To Defeat the Enemy
Open Your Bible
Genesis 3:15, Mark 3:22-27, 1 Corinthians 15:24-26, Hebrews 2:5-18, 1 John 3:7-10, Revelation 12:10-12
Some days it just feels like the enemy is out to get us, probably because, well, he is. The devil lurks in our lives looking to steal, kill, and destroy us and anything good in our lives (John 10:10). He wants us to doubt God’s power and diminish the truth Jesus brought to us through His life, death, and resurrection. The devil wants us to stay focused on our present worries, temporal struggles, and the crippling fears that distract us from God’s kingdom, instead of taking “every thought captive to obey Christ” (2Corinthians 10:5).
From the first moment His creation succumbed to the devil’s deception, God made a promise to defeat the enemy. He would crush whatever and whoever got in the way of His relationship between Him and His creation (Genesis 3:14–15). As God’s people waited for the one who would once and for all defeat the enemy and death itself (1Corinthians 15:23–28), they trusted and hoped in God. But inevitably, they would fail God: doubting Him and turning to other gods, then repenting of their sin, and just as quickly, falling into the enemy’s trap over and over again.
“The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the devil’s works” (1John 3:8). The enemy is intent on keeping us slaves to him rather than servants of God. We walk around with shackles on our hands all the while believing we are “free” because we can create a false sense of security, autonomy, and control. But it is through Christ that we are actually free. Jesus was given power and authority and was “made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace he might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). Now, we can be truly free from death and free from the enemy. This is God’s promise now and in the future.
And so in the meantime, we practice what all saints before us have practiced: waiting. But we do so with a sober mind. We are not blind to the fact that our “adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone to devour” (1Peter 5:8). We know that our help is near. Our Savior has come. Our enemy is conquered by “the blood of the Lamb,” and we have the daily opportunity to conquer the enemy by the power of testimony in Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:11). Whether we are preaching this good news to ourselves, our co-workers, our friends, or our children, our stories of Jesus’s power destroy the enemy’s grasp over our lives. And so we continue to share gospel truth: Jesus Christ has conquered the enemy and will conquer him again.