Spiritual Authority; June 21, 2018

Luke 10:19-20 I2 have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

This is a very important Scripture that we often overlook in the bustle of our daily lives. In the first place, the average Christian has no idea of the authority they have been granted in the Name of Jesus. An example of that authority is the healing of the man at the gate Beautiful through Peter and John. (Acts 3:1-10) However, remem­bering that story, we also need to remember that incident got Peter and John into a lot of trouble! That said, they knew it was more than worth it, given that many people came to salvation by faith because of it. In any case, we are to remember that if we are in Christ, we have far more authority than any demonic spirit we might encounter. That’s why movies like The Exorcist are such lies: they make the demons seem too powerful! Even so, we also need to remember the second verse here. Even more than commanding demons, it is a glorious miracle that our names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 20:12) We are to be agents and demonstrations of Christ’s victory and authority here on earth, but even that is a small thing compared to the glory that awaits us. (2 Corinthians 4:17)

I have had some success at delivering people from demonic oppression, but not as much as I would like. There was a former yakuza gangster at the coaching conference this week who had been delivered from demonic oppression through his pastor, and he was one of the happiest people there. He was willing to do anything for Jesus! I try to teach others who they are in Christ, but I need to remember it myself. I need to rejoice in my salvation, but at the same time exercise the authority I have been given in Christ to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) and set people free. Jesus Himself rejoiced right after this because of how His authority was being manifested through His disciples. I need to give Him more reason to rejoice!

Father, this fits in perfectly with what You’ve been telling me for years now: rest, relax, rejoice. Help me do that indeed, not hesitating to come against the devil and his forces but exercising Your power against him in the name of Jesus, so that more and more people may be set free indeed, just like that ex-yakuza man, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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