I had a call from a Christian friend in Ghana, W. Africa yesterday. He was sharing with me the mindset of some people who live in Africa. It seems they still cling to old traditions, gods, and beliefs rather than accept the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My thought on this is that it’s not exclusively confined to Africa but much of the world is still held captive by Satan and his demonic horde. It’s a battle that has continued from the fall of Adam. But one day Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire & Brimstone, as prophesied in Revelation 20:10. Then the war between the two seeds of Genesis 3:15 will be over.
In the meantime the Seed of Christ (meaning his Church) is fighting smaller battles on a daily basis. Who are we fighting? Epheshians 6 gives the answer:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
In a natural war, fighting with an invisible enemy and winning the battle would be an impossible feat. But we’re not in a natural battle. We’re in a supernatural war, one which is fought by combining faith with words (scripture) and producing unlimited power against the enemy. Jesus set an example for us as he went throughout the countryside teaching, healing, casting evil spirits out of people and even raising the dead. He didn’t raise a knife, sword or spear over the enemy, everything was accomplished by faith in scripture and using words of authority. Now that’s power!
At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus quoted Isaiah saying,
“ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound” (Isaiah 61:1)
Jesus accomplished all that and more. Now He’s in Heaven at the right Hand of the Father. He has given His Church a mandate, which is to carry on the work He started on earth. With this mandate comes power and authority to proclaim the Good News throughout the earth.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power (Gr. exousia, or authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
The Church of Jesus Christ has been given authority over the enemy, Satan, but we have been “programmed” by modern-day religion to believe otherwise.
Hebrews 13:8 says:
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever”.
He did miracles, deliverances, and healings when He was on earth and He does the same today . . . . but through His Church.
It’s time for the Church to rise up with its God-given authority to defeat the purposes of the Devil.