Monday, February 23, 2009

In the Footsteps of the Undefeated

"...he has nothing in Me." (John 14:30).

What composure Jesus maintained in the face of Satan's attack! He tells us that the devil held no claim upon Him; they had nothing in common; there was nothing in Jesus that belonged to the devil, and thus he had no power over Him.

And so, when our "Ancient Foe" leveled the full arsenal of his dark empire in an all out assault upon the Son of God -- he failed. Miserably. And now he is humiliated, and on the run. In the immortal words of Paul, "He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets" ((Colossians 2:15, The Message).

But there's more. The great wonder of it all is that God has assigned the victory to us! "Resist the devil and he will flee from you," He tells us. The devil fears us, even more than we once feared him! All we need to do is resist, and we will see it is true.

But how are we to resist him? In the same manner that Jesus did.

There were four strategic factors to Jesus' overwhelming success. And these are now available to us as we mount our own defense against the wiles of the devil. We could say that Jesus beat the devil with four "nothings." Let me explain.

Jesus was a man with nothing to fear, nothing to prove, nothing to hide, and nothing to lose. Thus, the devil held nothing on Him; indeed, he had nothing IN Him. There was nothing that provided Satan with a point of access into the Lord's life. NOTHING.

Think what your life would be like if you truly lived in the freedom that comes from knowing that you have nothing to fear, nothing to prove, nothing to hide, and nothing to lose.

How is it possible to live such a life? Here is the answer.

A life with nothing to fear comes from trusting in God's love. A life with nothing to prove comes from standing in God's grace. A life with nothing to hide comes from walking in God's light. And a life with nothing to lose comes from believing in God's Word.

I call these the Four Nothings, and we look at each one in detail over the following few days.


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