Why does it look like so often that the devil and his kingdom of darkness seem to be winning the spiritual conflict against God’s people in the present day? To begin with, it must be remembered of Satan, “…he is a liar, and the father of lies!” (John 8:44). If we don’t know who we are and what we have been given in Christ, we lack the power and authority to deal with the devil and his demon hosts. What then does it take to effectively exercise Christ’s authority over the spiritual powers of darkness?
1) Knowledge=Not just knowing about Truth, but a “knowing into Him” (God-revealed Truth).
2) Belief=”…the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” If we don’t believe the Lord has given us authority, we will never exercise it!
3) Focus=We should only deal with demonic powers when they challenge us in the course of advancing the Kingdom of God. That keeps us God-centered, and not demon-centered!
4) Confidence=In God!
It is said that a sloppily dressed soldier was brought before the Greek general, Alexander. The soldier was asked, “What is your name?” the man answered sheepishly, “Alexander!” The great warrior responded, “Either change your name, or your ways!”
The name Christian means, “little Christ”.
It is time to change either our name, or our ways!