Wednesday, February 1, 2006
At an Advantage
He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ. —Colossians 2:14–15
When I was a kid, I was walking down the street one day with some little cap guns that looked like six shooters, complete with holsters. I was feeling pretty good as I made my way down the street, firing these things off.
But then I encountered some kids on the corner who grabbed my guns, pushed me, and told me to go away. I went home crying. Then I found my brother, who was five years older than me, and said, “Let’s go back there. I want to get those guns.” We went back to the same street, where I found the kids with my cap guns. Suddenly I had courage like never before. With my brother behind me, I successfully retrieved my cap guns.
Instead of facing the enemy in our own strength, instead of going out and trying to do this or that for God, we need to stay as close to Christ as possible. We can stand in Christ, and in His protection, because He dealt a decisive blow against Satan and his minions at the cross of
So in spiritual battles, when temptation comes, we as Christians are not fighting for victory. We are fighting from it. In other words, we are resting in the work that Christ has done for us. Therefore, we should never want to stray from Him, because if we are caught alone, we would be weak and vulnerable. But thankfully, He is with us. The question is, are we with Him?
Copyright © 2006 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.,
More by Greg Laurie: http://www.harvest.org/devotional/index.php/5.html