Experiencing Sweatless Victory
The devil is not an imaginary being. He is real and so are the host of demons that do his bidding. He hates you because you are made in God’s image and he knows God loves you. He comes to steal, kill and destroy.
But do not be afraid of him. Why? Colossians 2:15 says, Jesus “disarmed” principalities and powers, and made a “public spectacle” of them, “triumphing” over them in the cross. Jesus faced the devil on the cross on our behalf, and defeated, disarmed, and disgraced him two-thousand years ago.
Since Jesus defeated him, you do not need to get into the ring with him to try to defeat him again. Your responsibility now is simply to enter into the victory the Lord won for you and enforce it. Your victory should be sweatless.
How do you experience sweatless victory? Listen to James:
“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:6, 7)
Here is a promise in James that when you resist the devil he will flee from you. That is, he will run away terrified. Why? Because God will give grace to the humble. In fact, He will give more grace than the situation requires. Grace is God’s undeserved favor, power and ability made available to us freely in Christ.
The secret to sweatless victory, therefore, is not to resist the devil in your own strength, but to put the grace of God to work on your behalf. And you do this through humility. In the sight of God, the truly humble person is the one who chooses not to place his confidence in his own wisdom and ability, but to put his confidence in Jesus and in the finished work of the cross.
Are you willing to elevate God’s Word of grace over your personal opinions and feelings and to confess your faith in the sufficiency of Jesus’ victory for you? When you do, the grace of God will flow freely and cause the devil to flee from you, without you having to sweat.
Thank God, we don’t need to sweat for victory anymore. Satan has been defeated, disarmed and disgraced. We simply thank, and praise and declare the victory Jesus won on the cross for us and the devil will flee.
Child of God, do you remember how in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus fought so hard that his sweat was mixed with blood? He was sweating for you. It was so that today you may have the right to enjoy sweatless victory. And that’s the way God wants it!