God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves.”Colossians 1:13 (GW)
Satan loves to manipulate the children of God.He does it all the time. Temptation and condemnation are Satan’s two favorite instruments.
First, he tempts us by minimizing sin before we do it. He will whisper to us like, “It’s not a big deal” and “Everyone is doing it.”When we commit the sin, he turns on the condemnation and tells us, “Well, God will never love us again.”
Satan minimizes our sin before we commit it and maximizes it afterwards. Through temptation and condemnation, Satan tries to control us.
But thanks to Jesus, we don’t need to let him raise against us.On the cross, Jesus died to destroy Satan’s power to control us.
There is a always a battle going on between good and evil. When Jesus was on the cross, it looked like Satan had won.But on the cross, Jesus shouts out, “It is finished,” not “I am finished.” Three days later he rose from the grave. Jesus wasn’t finished. Satan was! With Jesus’ work on the cross, he defeated forever Satan’s ability to control us.
If we have accepted God’s offer of salvation and have the Holy Spirit in us, Satan only has power that power yield to him. Through fear, bitterness, and anxiety, we can give power back to Satan.
When we trust God and choose forgiveness and hope, Satan is powerless in our life.
As Jesus destroyed Satan’s power to control us, we don’t need to be a victim to his manipulation. We can live in freedom.Amen.