The following excerpts are from a little booklet I had from Jimmy Swaggart Ministries way back in the early 80’s. And it begins:
“And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places; Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church; Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all” Ephesians 1:19-23 “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.” Mathew 18:18.
“In the first chapter of Genesis we are told: ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ We do not know exactly when this was because there is an indeterminate gap between the first and second verses. But we do know that God spent six days renovating the earth and bringing it back to its condition of beauty and habitation. During this six-day period He made man. I believe man was His highest achievement in all of creation. God said in Genesis 1:26, that man was made in the ‘image and likeness of God.’ Those two words, image and likeness, imply far more than we are able to comprehend. Man was made God-like in quality. Do not misunderstand. Man has never been nor ever will be , God. The teaching which has become prominent among some sects, that man will eventually work himself into the position of being God, is totally un-scriptural and erroneous. Even though man possesses many God-like qualities, he will always be subject to our Heavenly Father.
Man has a Will. The most striking factor in God’s creation of man is the will of man. In other words, God allowed man a will of his own. This is of great import in God’s dealing with man and in man’s dealing with God. It sets man apart from the animals. It sets man apart from all of God’s creation as a whole. Man has the power of free choice. He can choose to serve God — or to rebel against Him. He can choose to love Him or hate Him. He can choose to curse Him or hate Him. He can choose to curse Him or praise Him. Man has this choice. It is man’s unique quality, and it sets him apart from everything else. But, man suffered a precipitous fall — and Satan became Lord of this earth. But in order to fully understand this concept, we must again go back to the first chapter of the Bible.
Dominion. Within the word ‘dominion’, we have the root meaning ‘dominate.’ Dominion does not actually mean ownership, for God retains the ownership of the earth. But, man, in essence, controlled it. He ruled it, and for all practical purposes it was his. Adam could do as he wished with the earth. God made this clear to him. And therein entered Satan.
Before Satan entered the picture, the planet earth was a world without sin. It was a world without judgment, sickness, disease, or bondage. There was no taint of sorrow or heartache. Death and war didn’t exist. The world was ruled in love, honesty, sincerity, and integrity — under God. This was God’s environment. And because it was, God would come down and talk with Adam in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). God told Adam he could partake of any tree in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He said, ‘for in the day you eat this you shall surely die.’ vs. 17 But, Adam and Eve did partake of the fruit of that tree, and Adam and Eve did die, though not in the physical sense. But, they suffered separation from God immediately, which was the ‘death’ God was talking about. It would ultimately bring all types of death unto the world. In essence, what Adam did was this: he traded lords. God the Father, in all goodness, mercy, compassion, humility, and meekness, was no longer God of this world. Now Satan would become god of this world.
God had reasons for ‘allowing’ Adam to do this. But, as to why Adam did what he did, we do not know. Man has the power of choice. He can make any decision he wants to make, even though it may do him harm, and those around him. This is what Adam did. He had the ‘right’ to make the decision he made
even though it was a decision which would bring him chaos. Millions are making the same trade today. They are trading their eternal souls (which never die) for the baubles, trinkets, and gadgets of this present world. Truly, they are of no value whatsoever (IICor. 4:18.)
When Jesus died on Calvary and rose from the dead, He bought back–with His own blood–the dominion and AUTHORITY which had been given away to Satan. In essence, Satan’s power was broken. He is still the god of the world, but he does not have the authority he once had. Man CAN now be free, and dose not have to live under the domination of Satan. Actually, in Matt. 28:18, Jesus said, ‘all power is given unto me in heaven and earth.’ Since Jesus’ sacrifice, Satan really has no power except a pseudo-power stolen from the child of God or mankind in general. In other words, where man once was held in bondage by Satan and had little choice in the matter, he now, through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, has a choice.
This is the crucial point. Jesus has given the authority HE bought and paid for at Calvary to His body, the church. But, all too often, does not realize he has it.
They take whatever Satan dishes out, thinking it is their ‘lot in life’. They don’t know they can have victory and power in physical, mental, spiritual, domestic, and psychological areas. How? Through the power blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! Ephesians 1:22-23 says, ‘And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body…’ Jesus Christ is the head of the church. The church is His body. But, where are the feet? Of course, anyone would say the feet are part of the body. This clearly indicates that all things have been put under the feet of the church. And this means you and me. The Lord is simply telling us in this passage that every single problem that comes our way in UNDER OUR FEET! Through Jesus Christ we have victory over it. Now Satan will try to tell you otherwise. But the fact is, he (Satan) is under your feet. You may not feel like it. You may not talk like it. But, the Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul, states this as a fact! Praise God, the victory is mine and yours!
The moment you begin to understand the authority of the believer, Satan’s domination will begin to break. He will no longer hold sway in our heart and life, or in our home or business! He will be a defeated foe and he can no longer do the things he once did.
Authority is DELEGATED POWER! When God Almighty saves our soul, He does not hide us like a hermit in some place of seclusion. He sets us right in the midst of the intersections of life. Satan comes roaring down on us like a lion seeking whom he might devour. It seems that he is going to gobble us up. (And sad to say, many Christians tuck their heads and run.) They run in fear and defeat. But, thank God for those who STAND!! Now GET THIS:
IF YOU WILL HOLD UP YOUR HAND AND, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, RESIST THE DEVIL AND COMMAND HIM TO STOP, HE MUST STOP. That is what scripture says. The reason is this, he knows that behind you are al the holy angels. He knows within you is the Holy Spirit. He knows that behind the Holy Spirit is the Lord Jesus Christ. And behind the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Father! He doesn’t DARE come up against the type of power. THIS IS THE AUTHORITY! This is the authority you have a child of God.
Hold up your hand and, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, command Satan to stop! “Whatsoever you bind (or stop) on earth, shall be bound in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven! Amen!
So you see, the problems of this world are caused by Satan. And Christians allow them to happen. Many instances, too, by not getting involved, in the issues of the day, lets Satan have all the power. Think what a move of God it would be, if Christians took the AUTHORITY God gave them by the blood at the cross, and applied it to everyday life, home, work, and yes, even politics. WHAT a difference, we would see! For He does have authority over the spirits of this world…yes…even to what is going on in Washington. Sin, demands deeper immersion.
He is the Lion of Judah, and can crush your enemies, but, only if we declare we are His sheep, and let Him fight for us. Sometimes we are told by the Holy Spirit, we need to ask forgiveness for something, and then begin by confessing our needs for it to be ours. That’s when you exert that measure of authority over Satan, and then confess that your needs WILL be met, in Jesus name. Sometimes we have to agree with someone, that a person or persons that is hindering, will be thou removed…as many should be thou removed from political office now. Take authority Saints…Take authority for the righteous to prevail!
Take authority for your health, your home, your relationships, your jobs, your town, your everything…every need.
Evil spirits can be controlled by the child of God. God Almighty does not operate in a way that takes away your own choices. He won’t force you to do anything on the strength of your prayer. You can’t manipulate men like a game, it just doesn’t work that way. But, we are not powerless. Even though we do not have authority over mankind, as Christians we do have authority over the spirits of darkness. Entire nations are governed by evil. Households are controlled by evil spirits. And we wonder why people do the terrible unbelievable things they do. It is because evil spirits are dominating these people, influencing and driving them. That doesn’t mean everyone is ‘demon-possessed’. Actually, there are very few people who are. Yet, some ask, ‘how can Satan compel Christians to do certain things?’ Because they have shortcomings in their lives, and Satan takes advantage of these failings and causes problems.
Many people lead wayward lives because they are driven by Satan. Down deep, they don’t want to do certain things, so consequently, when you take authority over these situation, the situation may stop. But, in other cases, these are people who want to do what they’re doing. Satan then supports and encourages them. We have the authority today. We may not be using it, but we have it. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father, already have made their wills known. The Lord has completed His plan of glory. He sits today at the right hand of the Father, His mission completed. Now it is up to us.
What are we doing about it? What are we going to do about the heathen who are dying without God? Will we sit back and do nothing? Or will we believe God for great victory? Will we allow Satan to run over us? Or will we take authority over him and trust God for a glorious triumph? Personally, I claim Joshua’s phrase: ‘ As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ But this is not a magic word or incantation that we will magically be transformed to a utopia. We are still living in a world of sin and iniquity. Satan Still is the prince of powers of the air and the god of this world. There is misery and heartache around us. The Word tells us not to think it strange concerning the trials and fiery darts that are thrown at us by the wicked one. But, the point to be emphasized is this: In many cases where Satan runs over us, we CAN have victory if we will use the authority God has given us. In many problems plaguing our nation, if only the children of Almighty God would band together in unity and agree, tremendous things could happen. World events could be changed. Victory is ours…in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Far away the noise of strife upon my ear is falling,
Then I know the sins of earth beset on every hand;
Doubt and fear and things of earth in vain to me are calling,
None of these shall move me from Beulah Land.
I am living on the mountain, underneath a cloudless sky,
I am drinking at the fountain that never shall run dry,
O yes, I am feasting on the manna, from a bountiful supply,
For I am dwelling in Beulah Land. ”