Jesus’ ministry involved teaching, healing,
One of the tactics the devil used against Jesus was that of temptation. "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin" Hebrews 4:15. The devil either accuses, tempts or deceives. But Jesus was spiritually prepared because He had a lifestyle of prayer and fasting and intimacy with the Father. The devil tempted Jesus with food and tried to appeal to the lust of the flesh just as he did to Eve in the Garden of Eden. The devil also tried to discredit God’s Word. Now Jesus was just baptized in the Jordan River and the Voice out of the heavens declared Him to be the Son of God. The devil said to Jesus, “if you are the Son of God…” He tried to make Jesus doubt that He was indeed the Son of God.
But, Jesus commanded the devil to flee and quoted the written Word to him. The Word of God is our spiritual weapon. We will have the same results as Jesus by doing what Jesus did. We are to use the Word of God as our authority and weapon. What Jesus had available for victory, we have available.
Jesus took authority over those spirits and cast them out relying upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This authority is available to every Christian.
And seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!" For He had been saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is Legion; for we are many." And he began to entreat Him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now there was a big herd of swine feeding there on the And the demons entreated Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." And He gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.
And their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened. And they came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the "legion"; and those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the swine.”
There is no reason to live in defeat, bound by the enemy while God has made us more than conquerors. As the Body of Christ we are equipped to be victorious in all things.
(Romans 8:37) “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”
(1John 4: 4) “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
(Luke 10:19) "Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.”
(2 Cor 10:4-6) “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”
(Col 2:15) “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”