A Defeated Enemy!
One of the lies of burdensome religious beliefs is that negative actions and words need to be counteracted or balanced with faith-filled ones; otherwise you may receive something negative or be vulnerable to the enemy. This lie has caused many to live within the bondage of ‘religious’ (superstitious) behaviors and rituals. When someone explores the prophetic without a proper revelation of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, the result is often superstition, religious behaviors, rituals, and paranoia!
The truth of grace is that Jesus single-handedly saved you, plunged you into heaven on earth in the here and now, and preserves you in this superior existence. Your reality is resurrection-glory! Therefore as a believer you cannot actively receive anything negative – faithless and negative words and actions have no spiritual power or dominion over you – they do not exist in your fresh, new reality of the vitality of Jesus Christ, in which you share in all of the goodies of His resurrection, being filled with that same glory! (See John 17:22; 1 Thessalonians 2:12). You reside in the new world of heaven on earth in the here and now, completely separated from the old world and old ways of do-to-be-mentalities, manipulation, superstition and control. Religion speaks a dead language and has been made completely irrelevant to you through the resurrection-life of the Spirit that flows through your veins. You are completely dead to sin, demons and the demonic realm, as well as to complicated mechanisms to try to control, maintain, and sustain your spirituality/spiritual experiences (see Romans 6:11).
At one time, you were the master of your own spirituality, and reaped the fruits of that, but now, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, Ephesians 1 (PHILLIPS) astounds us with the reality that we are God’s ‘holy and blameless children living within his constant care.’ We live within the finished work and detailed care of Jesus Christ. God has given us a constant, ever-flowing supply of blessing that counteracts and transforms all curses effortlessly. We can radiate the light of Jesus within us, so that anything negative that touches us is itself transformed to light! (John 1:5; Psalm 36:9). We are surely surrounded with favor as a shield! (Psalm 5:12). Demons do not exist in your realm, because you are in Christ, one with His resurrection, and flowing with these resurrection realities organically, naturally, and effortlessly. Galatians 2:20 (AMP) declares to us that:
“I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
In other words, in and through Christ, you can view yourself and your world through resurrection eyes. See how the J. B. Phillips translation writes Galatians 2:20, “And my present life is not that of the old “I”, but the living Christ within me.” – Just as Christ is the light the darkness flees from, you are also filled with this same light, this same favor, this same glory! You can consequently live with the declaration of Galatians 6:14, “But let it not be for me to take pride except in the crucifixion of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, in whom the universe has been crucified to me, and I have been crucified to the universe.” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English) – Allow yourself to organically, naturally, effortlessly radiate the bliss-filled, love-lavished glory of your co-resurrection with Christ as you perceive the crucifixion which has taken place – a crucifixion that, in Christ, has ushered in the radiance and knowledge of God’s glory in every nook and cranny of human existence (Colossians 2:3; Habakkuk 2:14; Romans 8:19). Your works could never accomplish or attain even one iota of what Jesus did in one fell swoop at the cross!
You are in heaven on earth in the here and now. Ephesians 1:6 (KJV) announces that: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” The Greek word for ‘accepted’ used here is ‘charitoō’, which speaks of being completely encompassed by favor. You are fortified, established, and preserved in the reality of your co-crucifixion with Christ (by which every principality and power that was against you was completely destroyed – see Colossians 2:15), and in your co-resurrection in union with Christ, where you share in His new, holy nature, desires, and possess all that Christ is and has. This is exactly what it means when Colossians 1:13 in the Weymouth New Testament comments that “It is God who has delivered us out of the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us into the Kingdom of His dearly-loved Son,” – The language of Scripture delights itself in the fact that we are already in a new Kingdom, where the old world of demons and religious boogeymen has completely passed away. 2 Corinthians 5:17 expresses this gleefully:
“So if any one [be] in Christ, [there is] a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new:” (Darby Bible Translation)
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” (Word English Bible)
“Therefore, if anyone is in the Messiah, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and—look!—all things have become new!” (International Standard Version)
I also love the way that the Amplified Bible articulates in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that we are in a new world ‘because spiritual awakening brings new life’. Christ’s spiritual awakening blossoms effortlessly throughout our own human existence, because his belief inspires and expresses our own! (See Romans 1:17; Psalm 36:9; Romans 10:17).
In Matthew 2:18-20 (KJV) Jesus declares: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” – If Jesus (and consequently you, who are in Him), have all authority, then the devil clearly has none! Luke 10:19 (KJV) unmistakably states the same thing; “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Believer, today hear the words of Jesus, that nothing can actively harm or curse you! You do not need to maintain your salvation; Jesus has already secured and established you in an unshakable Kingdom of His love, grace, and blessings! (Hebrews 12:28). As John Crowder in his book ‘Mystical Union’ says, “I don’t know much about your principalities but I do know about mine!”
Many religious teachings view the enemy as an active, looming force. However, Scripture shows that this is not the case – the enemy has already been totally destroyed and plundered (See Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:15). We are not fighting for victory, but resting in our seat of already established victory in Christ (Ephesians 2:6). Trusting in God’s grace will always fortify us from any wrong or false mindsets that would cause us to strive or strain. We live within His established victories; His detailed care of us! This is why Scripture mentions ‘the wiles of the devil’ (Ephesians 6:11; KJV), as the devil is completely and totally powerless, so you can only be deceived by unrenewed mindsets in yourself as well as in others. These unrenewed mindsets however are not an active force or substance and do not leave the door open for an active enemy. The enemy is completely defeated. In fact, even your mind is on an adventure of discovery, through the Holy Spirit (your heavenly tour guide of this whole new world in Christ!) into realising how gloriously redeemed and perfect it is. 1 Corinthians 2:12, 16 tells us that:
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God… For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (KJV)
Discovering our righteousness and grace in our co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with Christ (our inherited blessings!) will always, without fail, set us free – free from unrenewed mindsets, free to see every blessing of God manifest throughout our lives (John 8:32). The enemy has no active force or power to get at us or cause anything bad to happen as a consequence of us not fulfilling any religious ‘duties’ or ‘burdens’. He doesn’t even exist in our reality anymore. One of the Scriptures that really articulates this is Colossians 2:15 (KJV):
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
The key to this verse is in the word ‘triumphing’, which makes reference to the Romans’ ‘triumphant procession’, which would take place to show that an enemy was completely powerless and had been conquered thoroughly. In a triumphant procession, the defeated king would be stripped naked in front of his subjects and dragged through the streets, with his thumbs and big toes cut off. This was to show that the defeated enemy was now laughable, unable to hold a sword, run, or engage in any kind of attack. There was nothing to fear of this foe. The risen Jesus took the keys of death and hell away from the enemy, and in our union with Him gave us the keys to heaven on earth in the here and now (See Revelation 1:18; Matthew 16:19; Revelation 3:7) . The enemy is not an active force and has no power or authority. Unfortunately, a lot of believers have missed this memo, and feel that as a result, they need to place upon themselves religious burdens such as Old Testament models of prophecy…
(Keep an eye out for part 3 next week!)