KEY THOT: Jesus Christ not only died and was buried. He also was raised from the dead, an event we celebrate on Easter. But too often, we stop at that. The Resurrection of Christ does not stop at Jesus being raised from the dead; it ends with Jesus being exalted to the right hand of the God. The reason Jesus is raised from the dead is to show that death, sin and the devil have been defeated. But more importantly, that He has now been exalted to sit with the Father in glory, so that at the name of Jesus, "every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:10-11). And the good news is that we who are believers are "hidden with Christ in God" (Col. 3:3), so that whatever happens to Christ happens to us.
But that's not all: Christ was raised and exalted to the right hand of the Father. Following the same principle that our life is "hidden with Christ in God", we are also raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of the Father: "raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6). Believers are not struggling for victory; we are already reigning with Christ in victory. We share Christ's exalted position at the right hand of the Father, exercising his authority and power over everything--including evil and the devil. We have victory over darkness because we are now in the light and have defeated the devil at the Cross. The devil recognizes our victory in Christ but he has managed to deceive many believers to think that they are just forgiven sinners, struggling for victory, instead of justified saints, reigning with Christ in victory.
If we want to be transformed, we need to renew our mind: "be transformed by the renewal of your mind" (Rom. 12:2). If we still have the just-sinner-mindset, we will live like sinners. Such a victim mindset is toxic and will be translated by our brain into toxic and sinful desires. But if we renew our mind to adopt the justified-saint-mindset, then our brain will translate our victor mindset into positive and holy impulses.
Do not let Satan rob us of our victory through his deception. Defeat lie with truth and we shall regain our victory and become "more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Rom. 8:37).
Father God, deliver us from a victim-mindset and transform us by granting us a victor-minset. In Jesus' name, Amen.