Dear HTC Family,
In my blog today, I want to share around the finished work of the cross of Christ, and what it means for us, as Christians.
In Colossians 2:15, Paul reminds us of what Jesus did on the cross: ‘Having disarmed the powers and authorities (principalities), He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.’ Jesus defeated Satan and all his forces of darkness on the cross. In dying on the cross, and rising from the dead, Jesus defeated Satan with his (Satan’s) most powerful weapon… death. Satan is now a defeated foe, and has no power or authority over Christians, except where we surrender to his lies, and give him a foothold in our lives.
Sadly, many Christians never fully appropriate the victory that Jesus won on the cross over the evil one and all his forces of darkness. The result is that the evil one will continue to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10), in the lives of Christians – robbing us of our joy and freedom, enslaving us to anger, resentment, fear and anxiety, and destroying our faith and hope in Jesus, and ultimately our relationship with Jesus.
So, how do we stand upon the finished work of Jesus on the cross? In Revelation 12:11, John puts it so beautifully for us: ‘They overcame him (the evil one) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much, as to shrink from death.’
Christians can overcome the evil by doing three things: 1. by appropriating daily the finished work of Christ; 2. by the public confession of our faith; and 3. by patient endurance in the face of hardship, suffering and opposition. Christians constant posture under the authority of Christ’s victory by His blood (the blood of the Lamb) and steadfastness to the promise and authority of God’s Word – the word of our testimony – is the key to overcoming.
Daily choose to go to the cross of Christ and as you look upon His cross, affirm that Jesus has overcome all the power of the evil one (Colossians 2:15). Affirm that Satan is a defeated foe (Colossians 2:15). Affirm that Jesus has disarmed and dismantled all the power of Satan and his forces of darkness. Declare your faith in Jesus and what He has done on the cross and indeed lay hold of what He has promised us: ‘Behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy…’ (Luke 10:17-19) and again, ‘all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me… therefore, go…’ (Matthew 28:18).
When we turn away from sin and turn to Jesus, when we put our trust in Jesus alone for our salvation, and when we invite Him into our lives as Saviour and Lord (John 1:12), His victory is our victory and His authority over all the power of the evil one is ours through the power of His name.
Join me today in taking up a constant posture under the finished work of the cross. ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Bless you all,