A three hundred pound truck driver knocks out five attempted hijackers and drives away. A few minutes later a 120lb female police officer stands in the highway and flashes her badge and the 300 lb driver screeches to a halt and submits to her requests.
This is power verses authority. He had the power to take out the five hijackers, but his power was no match for her authority.
I did not take away Satan’s power, but I stripped him of his authority and gave it to My followers. He has the power to kill, rob and destroy, but you have the authority to stop him in his tracks. Many believers foolishly make light of Satan’s power and find themselves in deep trouble because they do not use the authority I have given them.
If you think he has no power, think again. “Even Michael the archangel, when contending with Satan, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dare not bring against him a railing accusation, but used his authority and said, The Lord rebuke you.” Jude 1:9.
Satan loves it when you treat him lightly, it give his demons easier access to your affairs. The fact is, you have never faced Satan himself, at most you have only wrestled against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,” Ephesians 6:12.
If Satan had no power, why is it necessary to wrestle? “I have given you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the POWER OF THE ENEMY,” Luke 10:19-20.
For you to think him powerless is dangerous, careless and foolish, because it fosters a self reliance on your part. If you are not fully trusting and hidden in Me when he finds you he will devour you as a roaring lion. “You must exercise the authority I have given you at all times and be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring in fierce hunger, seeking someone to seize upon and devour. 9 Withstand him; be firm in faith against his onset–rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined, knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world,” 1 Peter 5:8-9.
Do not take the enemy for grant it, I assure you he has power, but I have given you authority over all his power, however you must abide in Me and My words abiding in you for him to respect your authority. If not your in big trouble like these foolish traveling Jewish exorcists (men who adjure evil spirits) who undertook to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, I solemnly implore and charge you by the Jesus Whom Paul preaches! 14 Seven sons of a certain Jewish chief priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But one evil spirit retorted, Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you? 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit dwelt leaped upon them, mastering two of them, and was so violent against them that they dashed out of that house in fear, stripped naked and wounded,” Acts 19:13-16.
Bottom line: Don’t play in sin, or play games with the devil, especially in these last days! I have given you full authority over and you have no reason to fear if you stay in the Kingdom guidelines! John 15:7-11 AMP.
~ Jim Hammerle
Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministering with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, a retired businessman, Jim helped feed Ugandan widows and orphans, and helped Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He was His banker and was privileged to give His money away, helping to build a Haiti orphanage and invest in USA lives. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.