This redemption is personal. It is an absolute redemption from the dominion of the devil. Satan doesn’t have dominion over us any longer. Satan has no right to rule over us with sin, sickness, or anything else that belongs to him. Satan is not our Lord or our Master; Jesus is our Lord and our Master.
This redemption belongs to every believer. It’s my personal property and your personal property. To increase your faith, repeat out loud: “It is my redemption. It is my personal property. It belongs to me.”
Colossians 2:15 says, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” This verse teaches us that Jesus put Satan to nought and triumphed over him. Another translation reads, “He stripped him.” What did Jesus strip Satan of? His authority over man.
When Jesus put Satan to nought and stripped him of his authority, Christ acted in your stead—in your place. He did it for you. Now, through Christ, you have overcome the enemy!
1 John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome THEM: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Who is the “them” we have overcome? We find from reading the first three verses of First John chapter 4 that John was talking about the devil and all of his cohorts.
Notice he didn’t say we are going to overcome them; he said we have overcome them. How could we have overcome these demons? Because what Christ did was marked to our credit. He did it as our Substitute. (He did it in our place, and God marked it to our credit as though you and I were the ones who did it!)
Someone may ask, “If we’ve overcome them, why are we having such a problem with them?”
Because we don’t know we have overcome them, or we aren’t walking in the light of what we do know. When you know what the Bible says and walk in the light of it, you don’t need someone else to exercise his faith for you.
I can understand the problems people have in this area, however. I can relate to people. I’ve stood where they are. At one time I didn’t know this, either. I hadn’t been taught. And I was afraid of the devil.
If the devil showed up anywhere, I ducked out of the way, trying to hide. I had heard preachers tell how powerful the devil is—and about all the evil he was going to do—and I didn’t want to meet him! If he stuck his head up anywhere, I darted out of the way and hid.
Why? Wasn’t I saved? Yes, I was saved. Wasn’t I filled with the Holy Spirit? Yes, I was filled with the Holy Spirit. I just didn’t know the truth.
I’d nearly quake in my boots when the least little thing—opposition or anything—rose up. But one day many, many years ago, I found out the truth from the Word of God. When I found out the truth, instead of hoping the devil wouldn’t show up, I went out looking for him!
I was no longer afraid of the devil. Instead of my darting down a back alley when I saw him coming, now he turned and ran when he saw me coming! He said about me, “Uh-oh. He’s found out the truth, boys. He’s found out the truth. We can’t defeat or devour him anymore. He’s learned the truth.”
If you just think you’ve learned the truth, the devil will put you to the test to see if you really believe what you say you believe.
And when you get to the place where you know your faith in God will work, you will become dangerous to the devil! You will make hell afraid of you, and you will make Heaven glad.
Until you get to this place, even though you may be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, the devil will have you at a disadvantage. He’ll hold high carnival in your body, and he’ll dominate your life.
Know the facts of God’s Word—what belongs to you and who you are in Him. Friend, spiritually speaking, you are born of God. You’ve got God’s nature. The life of God is in your spirit. You are His child. He is your Father. You can say, “He has declared me righteous. He has made me righteous. I am the righteousness of God in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:21).
Make this confession out loud: I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I know who I am! I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus. I’m a child of God. I’m an heir of God. I’m a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. I’m the righteousness of God. Hallelujah!
(Part 2 of 2 by Kenneth E. Hagin; August 20, 1917 – September 19, 2003)
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