You’ve Overcome the Wicked One
Daily Devotional for January 22nd
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 1 John 2:14
Why do we give the devil such latitude in our lives? Just because the devil fights, doesn’t mean he is promised to win? It is true that we must expect offences. They are going to come, but offenses do not constitute defeat. Our greatest problem in warfare is when the devil attacks, we automatically surrender and call him the victor. Why do we do this? Why do we hardly ever counter attack? Do we really think that we should not push back when the enemy pushes at us?
The message in this verse is that God has already declared us the winner. It’s truly sad that God has already promised victory to us over the wicked one, but yet we lose so many battles. Why does this happen? It happens because we give up and give in too often and too quick. You must face the fact that satan is going to push you; he is going to attack you, but in his every attack, we will rise up and attack him back. We cannot be, we will not be defeated in Jesus name!
There is no reason why the devil has to win in our lives. Paul not only wanted to walk in victory over satan, he didn’t even desire satan to get an advantage over him. To say that a person cannot be totally free, totally victorious is to say that Jesus is not strong enough or His plan great enough for everything satan has! When you hear words like we are more than conquerors and he always causeth us to triumph and God shall bruise satan under your feet shortly and God shall deliver me from every evil work, you must ultimately arrive at the point where we have the total and complete victory.
We have overcome the wicked one! We no longer have to be defeated! When John declared ye have overcome the wicked one, it means much more than a device or a method, it means victory over the author of all devices and methods. If you will refuse to quit; refuse to back down to satan’s demands, then he will eventually tuck tail and run. As a Christian, you must be relentless, unstoppable! Why then should we allow the devil to intimidate us? Why should we run in terror when the bible says Resist the devil and he will flee from you? Are you tired of running; tired of giving in? Don’t you think it’s time to rise and claim the victory Jesus has already won for us?