Spiritual warfare” is one of the hottest topics in some churches today. People are expending great amounts of energy constantly battling the devil in ways contrary to Scripture, but in reality, Satan has already been defeated. We don’t need to defeat him again.

Colossians 2 :15

We need to know and believe that Satan has already been completely destroyed and simply enforce his defeat. 

Hebrews 2:14

 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

The only power he has is the power to deceive. Our battle should be against the wiles (trickery) of the devil, not the devil himself. 

Any other approach is actually giving the devil authority and power which he doesn’t have, and he uses that to intimidate us.

The only weapon Satan has is the power we give him when we believe his lies.

Warfare only takes place between two undefeated foes. Once an enemy has been conquered, the war is over. Satan is a defeated foe. 

Colossians 2:15 says, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” 

The root meaning of the word “spoiled” here is “to plunder; despoil” 

This means that after Jesus defeated Satan, He stripped him of everything he had, specifically the keys of death and hell (Rev. 1:18). Satan has no power to imprison anyone.  “Shew” in this verse (Col 2:15) means “a specimen” Satan is like one of those toads we had to capture for biology class. We caught it and then impaled it on a board with a little pin to exhibit it. Picture that! 

The same thing happened to the devil. That’s what this verse is referring to. Jesus not only beat the devil, but He had a triumphant procession to display the devil to the universe as a totally conquered foe. 

Satan should never terrify us again! 

Unfortunately, many Christians have missed the parade. They haven’t seen God’s triumphant procession that was pictured in God’s Word where Satan was displayed as a totally defeated foe. They are circulating rumours that Satan is a powerful foe to be reckoned with. That’s not so. 

Satan is still alive, and we do have to reckon with him but only because he has so many lies circulating about his power against us. These are all lies, and therein lies Satan’s power. If we believe his lies, he then uses our own authority, which our fear grants him, to work his destruction in our lives. He has no power of his own. He’s using the power and authority that our misdirected faith gives him.

Take a stand as a victor that Christ has made you. Bask in that victory and live as one who has victory over principalities and power. 

Confession- I have victory over principalities and power. The devil has no hold on me. I am a victor, I believe in the finished works of Christ therefore I have power and authority over satan. 



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