Jesus Is Alive

I want to remind someone who is at the end of their rope, someone whose back is against the wall that you have more power than the devil. As we celebrate holy week and walk out our Christian faith each day, we need to remember that Satan is defeated. We are fighting the enemy from a place of victory because Jesus stripped the devil of all his power when he died and rose from the dead. 


Jesus gave a powerful illustration about what would take place during his confrontation with the devil in Luke 11. Jesus said, “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace” (verse 21 KJV). The strong man in this verse is Satan.

This verse used to confuse me because I always wondered when did the devil get anything good? The word “good” in this verse literally means possessions, wealth, and property. Where did Satan get these goods from?

The devil is a thief, so he stole these goods when he deceived Adam and Eve into disobeying God. Jesus had not yet died and rose from the dead, so at this time, the devil still had the power and authority he stole from Adam.


So, Jesus said, “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace” (Luke 11:21). Now Jesus is about to introduce himself in this prophetic picture. He came to challenge the devil’s peace, and he said, “But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils” (Luke 11:22).

Jesus is the stronger man, and the word “overcome” in this verse means to strip. This gets me excited. In Luke 10, a chapter earlier, Jesus told his disciples, “I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (verse 19).


If Jesus’s disciples had power over the enemy before Jesus stripped the devil of his authority, how much more power do we have now that he is defeated?

The devil had stolen the authority God had given to man, so Jesus came to earth as a man to recover this authority. He died on the cross at Calvary for our sins to make atonement for our wrong and reconcile us to God.

But he did not remain dead. On the third day, he rose again, and he said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). He defeated the forces of hell, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).

And this same Jesus lives inside you and me. We are not fighting the enemy for victory. We are fighting him from a place of victory because Jesus defeated him. That is why we are “more than conquerors” through Christ (Romans 8:37). We have more power than the devil because the greater one is living inside of us (1 John 4:4). Satan is defeated and Jesus is alive!


It is impossible to think about Passover and Resurrection Sunday without a grateful heart. What Jesus did for us can never be reciprocated. We can never say or do anything great enough to “pay Him back” for what He did for us. He bought our freedom with His precious blood. Jesus is the reason we have a future and a hope. Praise Him!

We’re thankful to the Lord for providing for our salvation. And we’re grateful to be able to share this good news with everyone we meet face-to-face and over the internet. Help us do what we’re doing on a greater scale by considering giving today.

A few weeks ago, some of our partners joined together in giving $70-$75 each. What a blessing that was! Gifts like that help us prepare for Miracle Healing Center’s launch in mid-May, and they allow us to keep sharing the gospel through YouTube and Facebook.

Whatever you give today, thank you for helping us reach the lost, the hurting, the confused, the angry, the forgotten, the abandoned, the self-deceived, and the sick. Jesus died for each one of these and more. They will know that because of your generosity and willingness to give with a grateful heart.
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God Bless,
Pastors Sean & Aimee Pinder

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