Sunday, April 15, 2012

Exercising Authority over Satan at Work and Elsewhere, Part 11

Many times situations happen in our lives which we do not know how or why they take place.  The main source of conflict is Satan.  He and those evil angels under his command can work through various situations. These evil entities also put ideas into people’s heads, which people think are their own ideas, to bring about Satan’s desires.  It is also for possible for people things to have demonic spirits in them.  Jesus has given those, who are in Christ, authority over all the power of the enemy.


Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases (Luke 9:1).


Elsewhere - The Weather - An Example from Scripture


Jesus was sound asleep in the boat on the Sea of Galilee while a storm was raging; filling the boat with water. The disciples awakened Jesus and said, “Don’t you care that we parish.”  Jesus calmed the storm and then said to his disciples, “Where is your faith (Luke 8:22-25)?” This passage really speaks to me.  Often I am besieged with problems and I say to God, You don’t care.  Now I see His response, where is your faith?  How about you, where is your faith?
“And the same day, when the even was come, He saith unto them, ‘Let us pass over unto the other side.’  And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as He was in the ship. And there were also with Him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake Him, and say unto Him, ‘Master, carest thou not that we perish?’  And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, ‘Peace, be still.’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And He said unto them, ‘Why are you so fearful?  How is it that you have no faith?’  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, ‘what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him (Mark 4:35-41)?’”


You’re Response


The disciples came back to Jesus after ministering in the country side and said, “Even the devils are subject to us.”  Jesus said, “Don’t rejoice that the devils are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in the Book of Life.”  Reader, is your name written in the Book of Life?  If you are not sure that your name is already recorded in the Book of Life, or if you know your name is not in the Book of Life, then right now you can repent of your sins and invite Jesus into your life.  A sample prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me of my sin and come into my heart.”  

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