Many times when people come to know Jesus, they are coming from a lifestyle or background of destructive habits, addictions, abusive situations, and even generational strongholds. Even though they now know that Jesus died and rose again to give them freedom and an abundant life, it may not yet be a reality in their lives until the past bondage is recognized and broken.
Jesus already won the victory at the cross, but the devil is going to challenge us on it. In fact, the Bible clearly says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” He literally wants to weaken (or destroy) a person’s life, or at the very least, steal one’s peace and joy.
He knows we have been given authority over him, but he also knows our authority is weakened if we compromise. If there has been compromise in a person’s life where the enemy has gained a position of strength, or a stronghold (in a person’s past), he is not likely to leave unless he is evicted! However, it doesn’t do a lot of good to evict him if we chase him out the front door and leave the back door wide open! We must close all the doors.
James 4:7 tells us that if we will “submit” to God and resist the devil, that he will flee. Unless our lives are FIRST surrendered to God, we cannot effectively resist the devil!
The Bible tells us how to be an overcomer. Revelation 12:11 says: “They overcame him [Satan and his forces] by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” The “word of our testimony” is sharing what the Lord has done in our lives, giving glory to God for every victory!
When we apply the finished work of the cross (because of the shed blood of the Lamb), we CAN have:
- Restored relationship with our creator, Almighty God, through Jesus Christ
- Not just forgiveness of past sins, but the power to break the hold of sin off our lives completely
- Deliverance and freedom from evil forces as well as possible generational patterns of iniquity
- Healing – physical, mental, and emotional
- Peace and well-being
- And, the confidence to approach the throne room of God boldly
This is how we overcome!