Colossians 2:15 says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” I love 1 Corinthians 2:8. It says, “Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
It is in the power of His cross that we live daily in triumph over all sin-thoughts. In Romans 6 we have the foundational truths of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. Verses 1-2 say, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
The enemy of our soul was defeated through the cross. His only power is through deception. If he can get us to believe a lie, he can control our lives. Our thought-control is our responsibility. Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” A dead person has no response.
When a thought to sin comes, when we remember we are dead to sin, we will not respond. It will have no power over us. Yesterday I was reading in Judges. Chapter 16 is a great key for us how the enemy works. The Lord of the Philistines said to Delilah: entice him, find out where his great strength lies, how we can overpower him so we can bind him to afflict him.
As I read the whole chapter I was thinking about how Sampson did not resist once. He was a Nazarite and had specific commands to follow. He was to never cut his hair. Note that in verses 16-17 Delilah pressed him until his soul was vexed. Then he finally told her the secret to his strength.
The secret to our strength is applying the power of the cross to every thought that would lead us into sin. All sin is first a thought. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says that we are to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. That is our cross-triumph over the enemy’s suggestion and temptation to sin.
James 1:14 says that the enticement comes, but if there are hidden lustful desires in our heart, we will be drawn away through our own lusts. No one ‘makes’ us sin. Anytime we entertain a sinful thought, we will become ensnared. Here is a new song.
I will sing of Your mighty love. I will sing of Your grace. You are faithful and You are awesome in power. In mercy You redeemed me. In Your love You remained. The cross was Your death so I could live.
You took my place. You bore my sin. You came in humility and You died the same. O the wonder and the power as You laid Your life down for me. The cross was Your cruel punishment. Though You had no sin. It was my sin that nailed You. My sins were judged on the cross. You died for me to destroy the works of the enemy.
O I praise Your name and I rejoice in You. I bow in worship. I kiss Your feet of love. My heart melts within me enfolded in Your grace. Yes I will praise Your name. I will praise Your name forever.