Who's The Enemy?
Surprisingly, many of us have missed this most basic question related to spiritual authority. People are blaming circumstances, upbringing, social status, and a multitude of other things for all the ills in their lives. The devil may use these things, but the truth is that we are in a spiritual battle. Spiritual problems can't be solved by fixing physical problems.
What Authority Does Satan Have?
Once we become aware of the spiritual forces we are dealing with, the most common mistake is to overrate our adversary. This teaching explains that Satan's authority comes from us, not God. Understanding this will forever change the way you resist the devil.
How Does Satan Fight Us?
Satan is not in direct conflict with God. That battle has already been fought and won by Jesus. All the devil can do is deceive us and if we yield to him, we are the ones who stop God's power from working in us. Satan's only power is deception. That's how he fights us. Knowing this removes the deception and renders him powerless.
Authority Comes From Law
All authority in the natural comes from laws. Police would be powerless if they were not enforcing laws. Likewise, in the spiritual realm, understanding the spiritual laws are a necessity for understanding and releasing authority.
The Battle Is In Your Mind
Our battle is not against external forces. Our battle with the devil is right between our ears. If we can win the battle for our thoughts, we can defeat the devil.
Whether or not we have authority is not the only issue. The manner in which we assert our authority is all important. Lawbreakers don't automatically submit to the police. Sometimes, they have to be subdued. The devil won't submit to Christians even though they have the greater authority, unless we get violent (Mt. 11:12)