disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them,
triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)
are not called to defeat Satan. God has already done that in Christ! Nor is it
our mandate to “bind” Satan. Jesus has already set limits on the extent and
duration of Satan’s freedom. Satan, “our ancient foe,” was decisively and
completely defeated by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and in His resurrection.
With regard to Satan, our assignment is to trust in the victory that Christ
already achieved and daily resist him with the truth of his defeat, as Jesus
is the father of lies and a master deceiver (John 8:44). If he can convince you
that God has not defeated him, then you will not experience Jesus’ victory. You
will find yourself fighting battles that Christ has already won! You will fear
Satan though he has already been utterly and humiliatingly defeated. Your
responsibility is to resist Satan, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). When
you resist him, you are acknowledging that Jesus has defeated him and given you
victory over his influence. God has provided you with spiritual armor that is
more than sufficient to withstand any assault by Satan (Eph. 6:10–20).
can become preoccupied with battling Satan. This deceives them to invest their
time and energy attempting to do something that Christ has already done for
them. If Satan can divert you to wage a warfare that has already ended in
surrender, he will have eliminated your effectiveness where God wants you.
Fearing Satan is fearing a prisoner of war. You have no need or calling to
defeat Satan, you need only to apply Christ’s victory in every area of your
life and to live the victorious Christian life. As you go about sharing the
gospel message with others, Satan and his forces face the reality of their
defeat in each life that is claimed by the kingdom of God (Luke 10:17–20).