(Jennifer Leclaire) Many who oppose spiritual-warfare practices say we don’t have to fight because the devil is already defeated. Let’s take a moment to remember the Good News. We win! If you are born again, you have been delivered from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13). Yes, we win—but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to fight. Indeed, when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we effectively enlisted in the army of God. We’re in a spiritual war whether we engage our enemy or not. If you don’t understand who you are in Christ—if you don’t understand your authority in Him—then you cannot successfully wage war against the enemy who is waging war against you.

Jesus “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them” (Col. 2:15, NKJV). Yes, the devil is already defeated, but after the death and resurrection of Jesus, Paul nevertheless told Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12) and told the Ephesians we “fight … against … principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). READ MORE