“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” –  (John 19:30 ESV)

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” – (Luke 10:19 ESV)

When the allies invaded Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – it was the beginning of the end for Adolph Hitler’s reign of terror, in Europe. The Nazi threat of world domination would soon come to an end. But, many fierce battles were yet ahead for the allied forces to fight, and there would be many more casualties of war. When America declared its’ independence on July 4, 1776 it was a declaration of freedom, but only the beginning of a  long costly war. On the cross, Jesus’ declaration of Satan’s defeat was final – “it is finished.” But, as the New Testament clearly teaches’ the powers of darkness continue to wreak havoc on our planet.

We are presently wrestling with principalities and powers in heavenly realms. This is close hand to hand spiritual combat with a desperate and defeated foe. Satan can no longer enslave anyone spiritually, unless we allow him to through un-repented sin.  Jesus crushed Satan’s head on the cross to free us so that we can fight the good fight of faith. Our Savior gave us power and authority in his name to combat evil through the proclamation of the Gospel, and prayer, which transforms the human heart. God the Father sent his Son Jesus on a rescue mission to save humanity. And we have been sent out as sheep among wolves to rescue those who are perishing.