Let us start this discussion with a very important question: why did Jesus come to earth?

1 John 3:8-10 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. (NKJV)

This scripture tells us that Jesus, the Son of God, came to the earth so that He may destroy the works of the devil. However, there is a condition which follows this statement in 1 John where we must be born of God and not of sin. Whether you agree with the Bible or not, if you are not saved and born of God you will be dominated by darkness and the nature of sin and death. As 1 John describes, sin is of the devil – Satan.

Let us look at a few characteristics of Satan:

1. He controls the world.

1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one. (NLT)

2. He operates in darkness.

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (NKJV)

3. He encourages evil deeds.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (NKJV)

Even as a Christian, you will yield to the nature of sin if you don’t make an effort every day to walk in the spirit of life. However, as a Christian, we do not have to yield to our sinful nature and desires, nor do we have to submit to what Satan dictates on this earth.

Matthew 16:23 But He [Jesus] turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (NKJV)

Matthew 16:23 displays the authority Jesus had and has over Satan as he came to deliver us from the darkness and out of Satan’s control. Notice in this verse that even while Peter was a man of God and a disciple, he was not walking in the spirit at this moment. Just as Jesus spoke to Satan and took authority over Satan, we too have that same authority as Christians — all we have to do is claim it and use it!

Act 26:18 …to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in Me. (NLT)

Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated/conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, (NKJV)

These verses showcase why Jesus came to us and what he did for us: I encourage you to focus on this reality in Christ. We can walk in the same authority as Jesus, right now!

Ephesians 1:17-23 …that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power  which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (NKJV)

REMEMBER – you have all authority over the law of sin and death as a Christian. The name of Jesus has delivered you from Satan’s control here on earth. Take that authority and walk in all our Father has for us.

Christ-Centered for Life,

Pastor Paul

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