'...I have given you authority ... over all the power of the enemy.' Luke 10:19 ESV
Spiritual warfare. There’s a spiritual dynamic to life—and some of it isn’t healthy. But God is definitely the boss; Satan only has authority in your life when you give it to him; he has no power over you when your life is ‘hidden in Christ.’ (Colossians 3:3 ESV) If you’ve compromised your cover in some way by walking away from the God who is protecting you, there is still room for repentance. Essentially, this means changing your attitudes (which in turn, changes your actions). Repentance is the key to freedom from all oppression of the enemy. When we choose to get on board with what God wants, we gain access to Christ’s authority: ‘I have given you authority…to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.’ (Luke 10:19 NIV) In Ephesians 6:10–17, Paul compares the kind of protection we get from God to a suit of armour. They’re well worth checking out, but for now we’ll stick to just one: the ‘Sword of the Spirit’. Which Paul writes is ‘the Word of God.’ (Ephesians 6:17 NIV) That’s the one offensive weapon we’ve got—and it’s all that we need. You see, Satan can only trick us if we don’t know the Scriptures; it’s on God’s Word that we will get a peaceful, solid knowledge of our love for Him. Not only is Scripture full of that ‘good stuff’, but it’s paralysing to the forces of evil. You have been given the Word of God to use as part of your spiritual battle—it’s true and it’s living—use it! It will protect you.
SoulFood: 1 Kings 16:1-18:15; Luke 12:22-34; Ps 66:1-12; Pro 6:20-22
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