Authority Over the Enemy
"And I have given you authority over all the power of the Enemy" (Luke 10:19).
By nature I am a very shy, reserved person. But I can look the world in the face and say, "I'm a child of the King. There is royal blood in my veins."
Because of our identification with Christ, we are no longer ordinary people. The authority of God is available to those who believe in Christ. What a promise!
"Authority over all the power of the Enemy!" That is His promise, but it is something you and I must claim each time we face the enemy. We are to believe this; it is an intellectually valid fact. It is not exercising positive thinking and blindly hoping for the best; rather, it is claiming and leaning on the promises of God by faith.
Supernatural authority belongs to the believer, and there is a difference between authority and power. A policeman standing at a busy intersection has no physical power that would enable him to stop cars coming from all directions. But that little whistle he blows and the uniform he wears represent authority, and because of that authority the drivers know that they had better stop.
You and I have authority - given to us by the Lord Himself - over all the power of the enemy. He may tempt us; he may attack us; he may sorely try us. But victory is assured us as we continue to trust and obey our Lord and claim by faith His supernatural resources for our strength.
Bible Reading: Luke 10:20-24
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: Because I have been given authority over the enemy, by faith I will exercise that authority on behalf of others as well as myself, believing God for ultimate victory in each situation.
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