Revelation 12:10-12 – “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” NKJV
Picking up where we left off last time let me begin with an illustration. In the American Federal Government there are three branches. The Legislative passes the laws. The Judicial interprets the laws. The Executive enforces the laws. This is applicable with regard to the devil’s legal defeat at the Cross. In actual fact Calvary destroyed all of the devil’s legal claims. Calvary was and is complete! The enforcement is placed in the hands of the Church and if the Body of Christ fails to respond, the will of the head becomes a dead letter and illegal activity continues.
We have a Biblical basis for exercising our authority over the devil. That authority was delegated to the Church by the LORD Himself. (Matthew 16:18-19, Matthew 18:18 and Luke 10:17-19). In Matthew 28:18-19 Jesus pressed this even further saying, “ALL authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore…” ALL POWER (Authority) was given to Jesus by virtue of His triumph which was consummated at Calvary. In turn, He delegated that authority to His disciples and to all who would follow in successive generations. Therefore, it is imperative to understand that WE CAN LEGALLY ENFORCE THE VICTORY OF CALVARY! The question is are we and if not why not? Biblically, as a result of the LORD’s work on the Cross the devil has No rights and No authority!
We have been given some weapons through which we can enforce the victory He won at the Cross.
I have been cautioned about praying too much and not being active enough and although I understand that hesitation can be negative I view prayer as “warfare training” as well as petition. God clearly has the power to do His work without our prayers but He is preparing us for rulership in His Kingdom and we need training.
God does not answer prayer upon the basis of worthiness or deemed worthiness. None of us who pray are perfect. The crucial factor in getting answers to prayers is not spiritual superiority but boldness, courage and faith to pray regardless of any sense or lack thereof worthiness. If we are walking in the light God has given us, we should never permit a sense of unworthiness to enter our minds and hearts. He deems us worthy of the Blood of Jesus. How much more worthy can you be?
Prayer is not answered for a select few or the spiritually superior. He does not answer prayer because of what we have done but because of WHAT HE HAS DONE. It would be well for us to consider 1 Corinthians 1:30 (NIV) – “It is because of Him that you are in Christ, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. THE FINISHED WORK!”
- AUTHORITY OF THE SPOKEN WORD.
Remember the overcoming mentioned in Revelation was “The Blood of the Lamb AND the Word of their Testimony.” This is not a praise service in which people stand to recount something but is a testimony or word spoken directly to the devil and his hordes in the Name of Jesus and on the basis of His work on the Cross. Jesus Himself spoke directly to the devil (Matthew 15:23) saying, “Get behind Me Satan.” James 4:7 implores us to “Resist the devil, and he will flee from us.”
Satan does not have a physical body and cannot be attacked with conventional weapons of warfare. Therefore, one of the ways we can resist him is verbally. When we come against him in THE NAME OF JESUS citing the WORD OF GOD we exercise power. That is unless we are like those in Acts 19 (seven sons of Sceva) and try to use a formula without experience or faith.
I believe in being specific with the devil when I resist in prayer and in word. We have been given authority over all his power. I Corinthians 10:4-5 (Phillips) – “The very weapons we use are not those of human warfare but are powerful in God’s warfare for the destruction of the enemy’s strongholds. Our battle is to bring down every deceptive fantasy and every imposing defense that men erect against the knowledge of God. We even fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.”
Remember the devil does not care how you talk about him. What defeats him is speaking directly to him in the Name of Jesus and on the basis of the authority of Calvary. It is THE BLOOD! There is a real devil, doing real damage and we have a real victory we need to enforce. Three things are vital if we are to be successful: Relationship with Jesus, Understanding of the Victory He won and Action. The result will be spiritual victory!
God bless you as you go through this day in the Victory of Christ. Blessings!