Born To Conquer
“Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…” (Eph. 6:17).
If you are born of God, you are born to conquer. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (Jas. 4:7).
“But how shall I resist Satan?” someone asks. The standard example is that of the Lord Jesus Himself, in His representative temptation as the Federal Head of a new race. He used the Sword. The Sword is the Word. It is not merely two-edged, but all edge. Christ quoted the Word.
He did not cry to the Father only, but He turned on the devil with the authoritative words of Holy Writ. There was nothing complicated about it. He drew the Sword and used it. Then the devil left Him – first for a season, then fully, till the final scene on Calvary, when all the forces of hell massed to the scene and were beaten (Col. 2:15).
His Promise as Good as His Presence
He did not summon angels, nor display that power which was His right as God the Son. He did what we all need to do – He used the Word. To Him it was final and sufficient – the very power of God. He was handling Omnipotent and Divine authority – God Himself in Spoken Form!
How inadequately this expresses it! But there it is. He knew the Word. He counted it sufficient. He used it. But He used it against the devil. Against! Against! Against!
He did not quote it to His Father, or recall it merely to refresh His own soul. The devil had said, “It is written,” but, the Lord said more than that. He said, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written….”
Note that. He spoke to the devil and told him to go. To you He has delegated the same authority in giving to His believing people power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).