To have conquered there needs to have been a contest or battle with the bounty going to the over-comers. Jesus said, “I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33; Col 2:15). The victory that overcomes the world is our faith in Christ whose mission on earth was to destroy Satan’s work and his malicious hold on our lives (1 Jn 3:8, 5:4).

The greatest battlefield for each individual lies within – in our minds. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21).  Victory can only be gained as we co-operate with God and His word to transform our thoughts which in turn results in transformed actions (Rom 12:1,2; 2 Cor 10:4,5).  In all things we are more than conquerors through Christ (Rom 8:37). 

As we live in Christ, we also will live victoriously as we use the armour and weapons He has provided for us. It is only through Christ we can gain and maintain the victory, not by our own merits or ability (1 Cor 15:57). Satan obviously is not pleased when we move closer into God and His purposes

    Christ conquered Satan on our behalf –                                         live like you believe it

for us, so he goes about as a roaring lion seeking to regain his lost territory in people (1 Pet 5:8).  We are to be aware of his schemes and avoid the temptations by which he would try to ensnare us again (2 Cor 2:11; Gal 5:1; Eph 6:11).  Although Satan is a powerful enemy ready to accuse us before God, he has been defeated by the work of Christ on the cross (Col 2:15; Rev 12:10). This victory Christ died to provide is not automatic; not only do we need to be on Christ’s team but also do our part, putting in the effort to ‘fight’ the enemy being “strong in the Lord and the power of His might” whereby we can resist the devil and his temptations (Eph 6:10-18; Jas 4:7,8; Rev 12:11). It is an insult to Christ if we are not walking in increasing victory. “The one who is in you [the Holy Spirit] is greater than the one [Satan] who is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4). Don’t dwell on sin’s power but reckon yourself dead to its claim or influence over you and see yourself alive to God, walking in victory (Rom 6:11).

See also: armour (spiritual), defeat, over-comer, spiritual disciplines, spiritual warfare, temptation, thinking/thoughts, victory, weapons, win


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