In the past articles we have dealt with the six items of defensive armor as found in Ephesians 6:14-17. With the exception of the sword, all the weapons are essentially for the protection of the soldier. Sword can for example reach no farther than the arm of the person using it. Therefore, God has given us weapons that can attack farther than the arm of the soldier. These weapons are to bring the strongholds of the enemy.
Satan’s strongholds need to be cast down as described in 2 Corinthians 10:4 and 5. It is so important to see our place in the offensive, to actively involve in attacking Satan’s kingdom. No army wins unless it progresses. An army cannot always stay on the defensive and win the war. No army has won that way. In other words you cannot stay on the defensive and win any war especially when the enemy is making every effort to make progress into your territory.
We are now talking about overthrowing the enemy’s kingdom. Jesus said in Mathew 16:18, “You are Peter, a stone; and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell shall not prevail against it.” It means “all the gates of hell shall not be too strong for it”. Hell means Hades, which means ‘invisible’ or ‘unseen’.
Building and Battling:
The two key roles of any Christian are twofold. On the one hand he has to do things that would build the Kingdom of God. And on the other hand, he needs to bring down every work of the enemy. Some Christians build the kingdom of God all the time but little do they realize that there is an enemy at work and he needs to be bound in Jesus name.
Jesus said in Matthew 18: 18, “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
Our responsibility as God’s children is to build the church and battle the forces of Satan.
Gates of Satan:
The word “gate” has a great meaning in the Scripture. The gate is the place of counsel and rule. For instance, in Proverbs 31:23, “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land”. The city gate served as a place where the ruling council of elders sat and ruled and administered the city.
Before you attack a city, the natural place to attack is the gate because they are weaker than the walls. Isaiah 28:6 says, “ A strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate”. It is time we Christians start thinking on the offensive and not merely on the defensive.
I have seen so many scary Christians talking about Satan and afraid of the devil all the time. They say, “I wonder where the devil is going to strike next?” The fact of the matter is the devil is wondering where the Church is going to strike him next.
Colossians 2:15 says, “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities”. Satan lost all his weapons when Jesus conquered him on the cross. Can you for a moment imagine that? God disarmed those rulers and authorities. God disarmed Satan. It literally means that Jesus ripped Satan of all his weapons. He is out there without a single weapon and you; God’s child is given the whole armor of God! Isn’t that something! That is a powerful statement. Have you ever thought that Satan has been left without armor? He has been stripped of his weapons. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!
Ephesians 6:15 says, “…He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him”.
On the cross, Jesus did not win the victory for Himself. He always had the victory. As our representative, He won the victory on our behalf. Thus His victory becomes our victory. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”
”Always” and “in every place” we are to represent Christ’s victory. God is going to demonstrate, publicly, the victory that Christ has won through us.
Mathew 28:18-19 says, “Jesus came and spoke to them saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
All authority has already been given to Me. Jesus said in effect, “You go, therefore…” It means, “You go and exercise on My behalf”, the authority that I have already won. Our assignment is to administer the victory, demonstrate the triumph and exercise the authority that Jesus has won on our behalf. Authority is only effective when it is exercised. If we do not exercise authority, it remains ineffective.
The only way this world can see Christ’s victory is when we demonstrate it. Christ has won the victory but our assignment is to demonstrate the victory over Satan and his kingdom. Jesus has already won and we need to move from the defensive to the offensive.
May the Lord help you become an over comer in Jesus’ mighty name.