I went to church for years and never heard about the devil. It’s not fun talking about him, and I don’t ever want to put too much focus on him. But the truth is, we have an enemy. First Peter 5:8 says, “…That enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” It’s important for us to believe in the power and authority we have in Christ over our enemy so we can have the great life God wants us to have.
There are so many Christians who seem to be going through their daily life just hoping they can get through the day. They go from one problem or crisis to the next, and they lack a confident, bold faith in God that can keep them stable and full of His peace and joy in the difficult circumstances of life.
The good news is, God doesn’t want us to live in the emergency room of life all the time. He wants us to get to the point where we know what to do to have a great life and take responsibility for ourselves, trusting we can do whatever we need to do through the strength we have in Christ (Philippians 4:13). This means we know who we are in Christ and how to walk in the authority we have as believers in Jesus.
The Truth About What You Have in Christ
John 10:10 tells us Jesus gave His life so we can “have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (AMP). When we accept Christ as our Savior, we receive the assurance of eternal life, but we also become joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) and are entitled to have everything He is and everything He has: grace, peace, righteousness, joy and power and authority over the enemy.
Matthew 10:1 says, “Jesus summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity” (AMP). This authority has been given to every believer. It’s important to understand that the devil has power, but we have power and authority in Christ. And our enemy only has the authority that we give him. Many times we give him the ability to attack us through ignorance.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post