Life is too short and God is too big to give the devil any help in keeping us feeling defeated. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave the only one who is defeated is the devil! We have to recognize that and walk in victory daily or we help the enemy with his plan to keep us feeling defeated.
I said “feeling defeated” because it is a mindset. If we are in Christ then we already have the victory. The devil knows that but he is going to do all he can to make us feel like we are defeated. We have to do all we can to remain in God’s truth so we know who He is and who we are in Him!
The devil wants to keep you “feeling defeated” by condemning you and reminding you of your past. If he can keep you focused on the mistakes you made before you were “in Christ” he can keep you from walking in victory. Whatever the lie from the enemy is there is always an answer in His word.
The truth in God’s word says:
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
The devil wants to keep you “feeling defeated” by having you walk things out in your own strength. The Bible tells us that those of us in Christ don’t have to rely on our own strength! The grace of God strengthens us and builds our faith muscles!
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” 2 Timothy 2:1
The devil wants to keep you “feeling defeated” by distracting you and convincing you that you can’t reach your full potential in Christ. But the truth is we have already “been brought to fullness” in Christ. It is up to us whether or not we walk in that fullness.
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” Colossians 2:9-10
Jesus Christ is the “head over every power and authority.” If we are “in Christ” the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in each of us. We have to walk in the authority given to us through Christ in order to keep from “feeling defeated”. Life is too short and God is too big for us to sit and twiddle our thumbs because we are “feeling defeated”. If we want to impact the world for Jesus then we must call the devil out and then put him in his place, under our feet. Welcome the presence of God in to your life, your house, your marriage, and your heart and the devil won’t be able to stand it. According to God’s truth “he must flee”… Thank You Jesus!