“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 NKJV
God’s ministers so often have wisdom that can point out essentials to our Christian walk. Recently, Mark Hankins noted something Jesus shared that wasn’t merely “talk.”
Jesus said that He was giving us AUTHORITY over “ALL the power of the enemy.” That’s a high degree! Jesus wasn’t just saying that this authority was “available” if you might be interested–NO, He was giving us a VITAL KEY.
When we experience a trial, we must take authority over the problem at hand. The devil and his demonic beings must flee, for God has put us in command.
If things don’t seem to budge, remember–the devil doesn’t want to be arrested. But we must stand confident in the authority Jesus won for us, and with which we’ve been invested.
P. A. Oltrogge
Jesus secured the devil’s defeat, which we must enforce, by taking authority over him…
“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 NKJV
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12 NKJV
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:18-20 NKJV
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” Colossians 2:13-15 NLT
Visit: http://www.markhankins.org to find many fortifying materials, including “The Believer’s Authority.” Of that, Mark Hankins writes:
“It is time for us as believers to take our place In Christ and exercise the authority that God has delegated to us. We must take steps to possess all that God has promised. We have been made for mastery. You’ve been deputized.”
…Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars, but He didn’t say we wouldn’t be able to use our authority in the midst of them and, certainly, we should pray. Making a declaration is something believers can do, in the spiritual realm, in addition to praying. So, I submit the following:
As Christians who have been given authority by God, we take our authority over all the power of the enemy and declare turnarounds and reversals of any gains of the enemy (the devil) in our own countries (not in a physical war, but a spiritual one) and that of Ukraine right now (in both a physical and spiritual war). We bind the devil and demons (from advancing evil goals in these countries) and we say they are defeated in the name of Jesus. We pray for and loose the miraculous power of God into these countries both day and night.
We declare that God is a refuge for the people (we declare the Lord’s mercies over the children, families, and the elderly, and protection over those in direct battle) and declare that God empowers His people to pray, contribute financially, and, for some who can, even physically to go to help. We thank God for those who are already doing this, and we claim Psalm 91 protection over them and their efforts. Thank God for their courage and resolve. Thank God for miracles already occurring. Thank God for, and we plead, the blood of Jesus over all situations.
Despite any setbacks, keep our eyes, Father God, on the victory shore as we attend to your Word and look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,