Jesus the Dragon Slayer

Colossians 2:13–15 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Colossians 1:10–14 – …so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus is our dragon slayer who came to defeat our enemy the dragon and set us free. We long for the final defeat of the dragon with the return of Jesus. But the authority of the devil and his demons in our lives has already ended. Jesus has thoroughly freed us from all our obligations to and agreements with the dragon, enabling us to live according to Colossians chapter 1.

Though defeated, Satan and his demons will not be destroyed until the final judgment at Jesus’ white throne. Subsequently their work continues on the earth, which means you must walk wisely. The devil and his demons have no legal authority over any believer. They may take advantage of our sin, folly, weakness, fear, unbelief, and the like.

However, their ownership, dominion, and condemnation of us were canceled at the cross of Christ. For those who belong to and believe in Christ, all demonic ties formed through sin, cultic vows, generational sin, and participation in the demonic realm were rendered null and void forever by virtue of the complete and total victory of Jesus Christ. Your ministry is to believe and exercise that authority.

Despite the fact that he is a doomed, limping enemy, the old dragon remains crafty, as Scripture says. His goal is always the same: to hinder and harm your relationships, starting with your relationship with God. To fool you, Satan, the unholy spirit, will use various tactics that the Bible, our field guide for war, warns us about. The rest of this book is a battle plan to learn the tactics of the unholy spirit and employ strategies to win your war through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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