If a perpetrator violates the laws of the land, and those in authority do nothing about it, what kind of deterrent is that? Laws are for the disobedient to show the consequences of their wrong actions. But, if there’s never any consequence because those in authority fail to enforce it, it doesn’t profit the law-abiding citizens.
So it is with God’s spiritual authority. He has given us a mandate –the dominion mandate—to take dominion over the earth and subdue it. But, I ask you, are Christians doing that? Are you doing that? Or, are we just sitting by, worrying and fretting when something bad happens, while we let the devil clobber us? This ought not to be.
Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV) 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
We have been given power and authority over all the power of the devil. But, it doesn’t work unless we work it.
Luke 10:19 (KJV) 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Take the weather, for example. Storms come and go, hurricanes come and go, tornadoes come and go, and what happens? There’s a trail of devastation in the wake of those demonic occurrences. This ought not to be.
Am I saying that we actually have authority over the weather? Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. God has so provided for us by giving us everything that pertains to life and godliness. If we don’t have authority over the demonic weather forces, then we’re in a vulnerable position to get beat up by the devil at his whim.
But – that’s not how it’s supposed to be. That’s not how God set it up. He so graciously gave us the power and authority to put the devil in his place and keep him under our feet. And, because God has given us the power and authority over the devil and his demonic plans and actions, we cannot whine and cry and bellyache, asking God to rebuke the devil. We’re to do that. If we don’t take the necessary action, it won’t get done. There’s a God-part and a man-part. God won’t do what He’s told us to do and we can’t do His part. But, working together, we can get the job done and live in victory and freedom from fear. Let’s do it!
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.