The Weapons to Triumph over Satan
The opponent in the Christians’ spiritual battle is the devilish lord who rules over the dark realm. How are we able to triumph over him just by ourselves? Thank God! We can have victory against the evil one by relying on Jesus Christ, who came from Heaven, was present before all things and is the head of all things. He has given us the authority, the spiritual armour and the power of the Holy Spirit to wage battle against this monster. From the Bible, we identify the following weapons that can overcome Satan:
1. The Name of Jesus Christ – When Jesus lived on earth, the power of the devil crumbled wherever He went. Even demons recognized Him as the Son of God, and were all in fear of this Holy One of the Almighty. Since “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work”, Christ also gave us the authority to overcome and cast out demons (Matthew 16:18, Luke 10:19). Because the name of Jesus Christ is the Name that is above every name, and He is the one True God that is the greatest and the highest, so every knee shall bow in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
2. The precious blood of the Lamb of God – In Old Testament times, God told people to sacrifice oxen and lamb as the atonement for sins, in order to foretell of the Lamb of God that will be sent in the future as the sin offering. By the precious blood of the Lord, our sins and iniquities have been wiped clean, and by the great power of His resurrection, those who believe in Him have gained eternal life. Not only that, since the grace of salvation, the power and the kingdom of God, and the authority of Jesus Christ have already been manifested, Satan can bring no charge against those whom God has chosen and justified (Romans 8:33-34). The Lord has triumphed over the devil, who holds the power of death, and has thrown him down from Heaven. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelations 12:11)
3. The Word of God (Biblical Truth) – When Jesus was on earth as the Son of Man, He overcame the devil’s trials and temptations each time by the Word of God. The Word of God is also known as the Sword of the Holy Spirit, and is the best weapon for Christians to win against Satan. This is how the Apostle John admonished us: “I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” (1 John 2:14) Therefore, Christians must know the Word of God and hold the Truth of the Lord in their hearts. Then they will be able to triumph over the trials and attacks of Satan.
4. Steadfast Faith – Not only have we been declared righteous through faith, we should also apply steadfast faith to withstand Satan. Of the full armour that God has given Christians to wear, faith is the shield that can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. If we submit to God and hold firm to our steadfast faith, we can withstand the devil and he will depart and flee from us. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4) This reliance on the Son of God and the upholding of the Word of God allow us to triumph over Satan, the king of the world.
Although we have the foregoing weapons, we must still rely firmly on the Lord, be vigilant and pray for God’s protection, lest we fall into the snare of the devil because of the weakness of the human spirit and the tremendous influence of Satan.
“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)