Rebuking the Devil


The God family reveal an extensive array of strategies in scriptures by which they destroy demons:

1. God put satan and his demons under His authority:

God cursed satan in the Garden of Eden, putting him to crawl, or putting him under feet, as Jesus said in Luke 10: 19. Some of us believe that the serpent that tempted Eve and Adam was an animal.  “Nachash”  is the Hebrew word used in  Genesis 3: 1 for serpent. This word could be interpreted as serpent or image of a serpent. However, a cross reference with the New Testament book of Revelation shows us that dragondrakōn or serpent is the word used for satan.

 Satan is indeed crawling under God’s authority. God said to Prophet Isaiah in 45: 23:

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

2. God limits satan’s power. 

He had to consult God before harassing Job. Even then, God had already made a way of escape for His servant  and only allowed satan to lose to His word or testimony about Job.

In the revelation given by the Prophet Micaiah, a lying spirit convinced King Ahab’s false prophets to tell him to go to war:

And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.

And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.

And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade [him], and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee. (1 Kings 22: 20-23).

3. God has also put satan under the authority of the believer and His church.

This revelation gives us great reason to rejoice and triumph in battle. Here are a few scriptures:

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.

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven (Lk 10: 19, 20)

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church

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 (Eph 1: 18- 22).

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,

And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus (Eph 2: 4-6)

Biblical teaching on the believer’s  authority is phenomenal. The preceding scriptures are just a few on this rich grace given by God. I will write on this much later.

 

Demons possess  a very healthy respect for the Captains of the host

I felt pressed to write and show you how demons perceive the heavenly Captains of the host.  We know already from the Old Testament that the Captains of the host were extremely terrible, deposing and embarrassing the spiritual rulers of the kingdom of darkness.  Scriptures show that they would cry out in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Here is an account from Mark 5: 6-13:

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, [thou] unclean spirit.

And he asked him, What [is] thy name? And he answered, saying, My name [is] Legion: for we are many.

And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding

And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

Matthew in 8: 29, included some information about this incident that Mark had omitted. This Apostle reported that when the devils saw Jesus arrive on the scene, they “…cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”

Demons know very well the terror of the Lord and that there is a place of torment waiting them for a specific time. Luke also reported that the devil fell down before the Lord Jesus, loudly begging, “Jesus, [thou] Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not”  (Lk 8: 28).

 

They also begged Jesus not to  “command them to go out into the deep” (Lk 8: 31). The word “deep” refers to the“abyssos” or bottomless pit.

 

Pay close attention to the fact that Jesus and the captains also command demons. After all, they are the creation of the Lord God  and the devils know this.   After reading this account, I must confess that I chuckle a bit when I read what James said in chapter 2: 19:

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

 

Here is another example from Matthew 1: 23-25:

And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

Saying, Let [us] alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Time to go. Blessings and have a great day. The One in you is greater than the ruler of the darkness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of us think of the Lord Jesus as a kind of pussy cat who is only meek and mild. Yet scriptures reveal that each member of the God family is a  great, strong and terrible warrior. The Israelites echoed these words when they escaped across the Red Sea and Peter talked about ‘the terror of the Lord” (2 Cor 5: 11).

We really do not know about the terror of the Lord because many of us  choose to believe that  God is too loving to judge. However, his dealings with Pharoah and the heathen as well as modern day nations and people should surely convince us. Take a look at Psalm 18 and see how  He deals with our enemies. Ps 35: 5 also speaks about the angel of the Lord chasing our enemies.

Additionally, we do not know of the terror of the Lord in the invisible realm. Apostle Paul gave us a peek in to Jesus’ mighty triumph over satan and the demons that follow him:

Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it (Col 2: 15).

I wrote a previous post about hidden dimensions of spiritual warfare or warfare in the invisible realm. This will clearly show parallels between warfare in the earth realm and warfare in the spiritual realm. Please read this at

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2006/12/30/jesus-and-his-kingship-get-that-devil/

Did not David say in Psalm 18 that God had taught him to war. That King was such a terrible warrior that Israel enjoyed many years of peace even after his death? Think about the terror of the God who had taught him to war?  Jesus is a mighty and terrible warrior (just like the other two members of the God family). If you do  get a peek into the invisible realm, this will be seen clearly. Even if you do not believe this to be true, scriptures teach  us that there is an invisible world  which was  created by God  (Rom 1: 16; Col 1: 20).

God rules and reigns in this invisible realm. Every thing, including satan and his demons, is under His authority. This is the word of the Lord on the issue:

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear (Isa 45: 23).

Why does the devil fight for supremacy? Beats me! Have a great day!

I am all ready to talk about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but we need to wage warfare on the authority in the name of Jesus. What’s in a name? His name embodies all that He is – salvation, deliverer, healer, Son of God, Almighty One etc and all the truths revealed about Him in the word. In other words, when demons hear the name of Jesus, they have to comply because this is all He is (James 2:19). You will find this to be true because when he was on earth they used to beg him not to harass them (Mk 5:12).
Hmmm. Members of the police force and military understand more than anyone else the power of the name, because they have receive authority delegated to them by the state and the President to carry out actions to keep law and order and in battle, to fight war. When a policeman says, open up in the name of the law, you had better comply or he or she will take the necessary steps to subdue unlawful activity. If they see illegal activity in the streets or anywhere else, they will stop you and make an arrest because the state says they could do so.
When a child says, daddy says, you had better comply because daddy will chasten you for disobedience. God’s people are members of the Kingdom of Christ and we reign as kings in the earth. Hey! God is king and the earth belongs to Him (Ps 2, 24). You can read the Psalms for more on this. Therefore, as kings in His kingdom, we have the authority given to us by God to advance God’s manifesto or decrees, to arrest the works of the enemy and to capture our enemies and bring them in to captivity to the obedience of the name of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 10: 3-5). The demons already know the power in the name, so any believer who exerts that authority even when the demons resist will have great victory.
Heaven help the believer who is ignorant of the power in the name. You are walking around unarmed and at risk. Anything God says goes. He knows all things. No, He is not arrogant. He is God. He created the earth and the people and we belong to Him. Do we tell Chrysler how to design their vehicles and what to do with them after? No. Why does God need people to enlist in His armed forces on earth? Well, it really started with Satan who was an anointed angel, very powerful and “fine” as Americans would say. check him out in Ezekiel 28. He mutinied against God and inveigled some powerful angels to join him. He was crazy because God did not roll over. There was war in heaven (Rev 12:7). Jesus chuckled when he remembered the sight of him falling to the earth like lightening (Lk 10: 18). Now he had nowhere to live, so he had to find a home in the air (Eph 2:2) and in the lower parts of the earth (called hell) where no one wanted to go (Ps 16:10; 63:9; Eph 4:9; 1 Pet 3:19).
The lower parts of the earth was the place where he has his headquarters and used death and hell to harass humans before Christ came to deliver us from his kingdom and take those who believe in to the Kingdom of God (Col 1:13). He also set up a kingdom in the air and has spirits ruling over nations and people as Daniel found out in chapter 10. God, however, put some of his demons into maximum security prison in the earth since they were so evil (Jude 6). That is where we must cast them to (don’t let them wander about looking for places to dwell). If they know that you will do that to them, they will freak out and that is why they begged Jesus for a lesser evil of casting them into swine (Mt 8:31).
Now, the devil himself, being a former chief angel in heaven, was allowed by God to remain free in a sense. However, he was not satisfied just to fall out of heaven and become the prince of the power of the air. He wanted total domination and had to find a way to get it, so he deceived the people that God created into believing that they could become like gods by disobeying Good by eating the fruit in the middle of the garden of Eden (Eden was supposed to be a perfect place, but don’t be shocked – he tried to backstab God Almighty who sees and know all things!).
As a result,  Adam  lost the dominion that God had given him over the earth and Satan got the control to a degree. He became really nasty to humans, his intent being theft, murder and destruction by any means and in any forms (Jn 10:10). That is why he has demons assigned to all kinds of nasty and wicked acts including homosexuality, lesbianism and sexual perversions. some of you will get mad, but this is true. His names are not pleasant. A few are – the accuser as Job found out in Job 1 and 2; father of disobedience (Eph 2:2); deceiver (Rev 12: 9); the dragon (Rev 20:2). More to come!
We the people of God join with the heavens and exalt the name of Jesus which is above every name and which is worthy to be praised. When we worship we tell Him about who He is and all His wonderful works that he accomplished for us so that we too always experience victory over the power of Satan (2 Cor 2:14):
  • In Revelation 2-4 He is the messenger to the churches and if we hear Him our ministries will live and He will correct the inconsistencies and errors.
  • In Rev 5: 5, He is called the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David” who prevailed to open the book of prophecies. Judah is the tribe of praise. Why Judah and not Isaachar? This is because He is roused to conquer our enemies when we praise Him. He is a lion’s whelp (the swift, youthful, skillful, dangerous ones) who will take authority over His enemies. Jacob prophesied this in Gen 49: 8-12. Judah (worshippers) will put their hand in the necks of their enemies so that they can’t move (like wrestling). Judah (worshippers) will be the conquerors and rulers (Gen 49:9).
  • The psalmist said that Judah is the lawgiver (Ps 60:7; 108:8) and Jacob said that “the sceptre shall not depart from Judah” (Gen 49: 10). Psalm 149 explains how the saints rule with the sceptre of the word, praise and worship. We wield warfare on our beds with singing, high praises of God and the word of God which in scripture is always a two edged sword since it will always cut no matter which edge is used. No weapon formed against us will prosper (Isa 54: 17).
  • The weapons of our warfare will execute vengeance and punishments upon the heathen. No! We do not light candles, pray on people, raise psalms to curse, mutter spells, ride on broomsticks, chant, mix potions etc, but when we call upon the name of the Lord we are delivered. Please read Psalm 18 and see how God responds to our cries for help.
  • Furthermore, we don’t play with principalities and powers. We have the power to tread them down (Lk 10:19), cast them down (2 Cor 10:5), wrestle against them (Eph 6: 10) and let them know by our dominion that Jesus is Lord (Eph 3:10). This has many practical applications. For example, there are principalities or ruling spirits over geographic locations as we discover in Daniel 10. When you see certain patterns in areas, that indicates the nature of the principality.
  • For example, principalities of violence, antagonism and bloodshed operate through violence, murder, racial tension and antagonism, a high death rate of youths by violence etc. The worshippers in the area are responsible for taking back the area and subduing it for the kingdom of Christ by waging the warfare in Ps 149 and Psalm 18. When you exercise your spiritual authority, you will bind them with chains and irons, thereby inactivating them (Ps 149: 9).
  • Daniel discovered this by prayer and fasting (Dan 10), Joshua discovered this with a shout of praise (Joshua 6), Jehoshaphat discovered this with a song of worship (2 Chron 20) and Paul and Silas discovered this when they escaped from prison with a praise (Acts 16). Note that Christ is also the root of David, meaning that He preceded David. While He is the Lion, he is also the Lamb that had been slain (Rev 5:6), the propitiation for our sins, the meek and gentle one. This is the side of Him that He reveals to the church as redeemer by His blood (Rev 5:9), but He becomes the lion when He rises in anger to scatter and destroy our enemies. Blessings and more to come.

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