I want to emphasize here at the get-go, that this is the stripped down, fast and dirty Clif notes on Biblical Authority and the Rules God gave us. There is a LOT that is being skimmed over and condensed down to the brass tacks. This is a big topic and I will be happy to discuss anything you may wish to ask, discuss, argue about or flesh- out further in the comments section.
In the previous post we saw that Adam had given over his God- given authority…or the key…or the deed, to Satan. So here we pick up the story. Remember, we are trying to assemble the playbook of rules for the game of Life!
3) Great News! Sinless Jesus, Lamb of God, comes to fulfill the prophecy ” pictures” laid out thru the Old Testament. ( Luke 19:10) Blood Sacrifice is the only cure for a sinful world. (John 3:16) Jesus restored the dominion to us after his resurrection and ascension. (Matt. 28:18)
4) Now that Jesus retrieved the keys for us and restored the dominion once and for all He chose to revert to that original plan! ( see Part 1) Because we are made in His Image and Co-Heirs ( Romans 8:17) with him.
He has given us use of that Diplomatic Kingdom credit card Authority.
He is not “ sitting by watching bad things happen to good people.” He expects us to rule with His power and to subdue what needs to be subdued! He expects us, as His ambassadors, to be beating back the darkness, crushing Satan, in the Name of Jesus ( Romans 16:20) He expects us to be preaching the good news, casting out demons and healing the sick, expanding His earthly Kingdom until His return.
The pitiful thing about this is that somewhere along the line, Believers lost this message and began to perpetuate the myth that for some inexplicable reason, the rule book has changed: That the authority and power and commission that were good enough for Jesus and the Apostolic first followers needs to be re-written in light of Western philosophy and enlightened, modern thinking.
Folks, Satan knows the rules. He was a liar then and he’s a liar now. ( John 8:44) And he knows that his time is short. Nothing pleases him more than to see believers thinking that they can’t do anything on this earth but at least they are saved and everything will be better some fine day. Nothing pleases him more than a generation that believes that Satan isn’t real and there isn’t really a place called Hell. Despite what you may see in Hollywood movies. he has No power, except that which we lazily, passively cede to him.
It is past time for the body of Believers to stand up,operate in love, and start following the rule book given to us by our loving Dad. If I run across someone who needs to hear the good news, I tell them my testimony and lead them to Jesus. If they need actual financial or physical help, I help them. If they are sick and want to be healed- I lay hands on them and pray for healing in Jesus’ name. If they seem to be depressed or oppressed and want help then I bind and cast out demons just like Jesus showed me how to do. Since I am fairly new at this, sometimes I have to call on like- minded, spirit-filled friends to join in with me to see results. There is power when we come together in agreement. If I don’t see results, I keep trying. Sometimes people who need healing the most must close some ” doors”, repent and forgive some folks in their lives before we see results. Show them what to do and then start over. It’s pretty simple and it’s free.
Another myth that I have heard bandied about is that Christians cannot be affected by demonic activity. I disagree. I don’t believe that a true Christian can be possessed but they can certainly be oppressed and demonized which is certainly serious enough. As a kid growing up in Texas, I learned early on that if I ventured into the tall grass I was going to come home with stickers and cockle- burrs, and probably chiggers and ticks.
You have to pick those cockle- burrs out of your socks and shoelaces or they will be painful and annoying every step you take, making your walk miserable! There are a lot of saved Christians who through ignorance of God’s word are sick and tortured and have no idea that they need deliverance and that healing and miracles are theirs for the asking.
God isn’t sitting around watching his followers commit suicide, suffer from illness or whatever. He showed us ( Matt 28:18-19) what to do and told us to go do it. When we obey Him and DO it, people are suddenly free, cockle burrs removed, God gets the Glory! And everyone standing around sees and knows that what you have been telling them about the King of Kings isn’t just some sort of Fairy story…It is TRUE!
This should not be shocking news! It should be normal Christianity 101.
If you are in a church where this is not being taught, believed and practiced. Then it may be time to ask your pastor why not? Depending on what he says, then it may be time to follow that solid, Revelation 18:4 end-time advice to Come out of her, my people and start a new church where they actually believe His Word. All of it.
* Before my readers begin to fret, let me say that I do go to doctors. The Lord works thru the medical profession everyday. I also believe in being a good steward of the body and health that I have. I do not necessarily see Satan and his demonic minions as the source of every woe. However, I can trace the lineage of every bad habit and every bad or rebellious decision I have ever made right back to that Garden…. so it’s sort of a” kissing cousin” thing.