Controlled by Christ Alone

Michael Beck

“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13)

Make no mistake about it: powers of darkness don’t like losing control over their former subjects. What good is a “power” that has no power? It galls devils to think that those who were once puppets on a string now pay them no mind. But that is the very thing that our redemption in Christ has accomplished. He who the Son sets free is free indeed! When Jesus ascended on high he “spoiled principalities and powers” (Col. 2:15) The battle was won and to the Victor went the spoils. Those who had been captives of an evil realm were now led heavenward in the train of Christ, our Redeemer and new Ruler.

Our freedom from the power of darkness is not a freedom to run our own lives. No, control has been transferred from Satan to God. “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God …” (Acts 26:18) Power is not ours, it has been restored to its proper place. “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” (Psalm 62:11)

Let us recognize that we no longer belong to the devils that once secretly had their way with us. Let us also know that we are no longer our own.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:19,20)

Those who are born of God are not under devil’s rule or self-rule, they have been “translated into the kingdom of his dear Son.”

From now on, let no one rule you but Christ your King. He has liberated you to do His will and to please Him. Don’t return to your former bondage. The greatest freedom in all the world is found in solely serving Christ.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.