Take Authority in Jesus’ Name
by Remco Brommet
During my early years as a pastor in the inner city of Amsterdam I learned firsthand that we are not battling flesh and blood, but the powers of darkness. We faced constant threats to our church building, vandalism, people yelling and throwing things at us while we evangelized in the park, and prayer-walked the inner city on a regular basis to do battle against the burgeoning drug and sex industries.
On one occasion I had the privilege to be the on-stage translator for the late Denis Clark, founder of Intercessors For Britain, which is still active today. Some forty years later, I remember his message like it was yesterday, and it is as relevant for us today in the US as it was for us Dutchies in the spiritual darkness of late-seventies Amsterdam. Yup, I’m that old.
He took us to Psalm 110:1, which reads “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” His exegesis, in Cliffs-notes form: “The Lord” refers to God the Father. “My Lord” refers to Jesus, the Risen Christ seated at God’s right hand (Colossians 3:1). And the footstool? It’s under the feet of Jesus, which are part of His Body. And His Body is His people – you and me, who have been forgiven, redeemed, and baptized into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13). That has tremendous implications for spiritual warfare. Already we know that God has given us a spiritual armor. Already we know that the weapons of our warfare have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). Already we know that in His Name we have authority over demonic entities (Mark 16:17). And in Romans 16:20 we have the promise that “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” An echo, perhaps, of Psalm 110:1, which Paul knew well.
The point Denis was making then, and that bears repeating today, is that we share in the authority of Christ over Satan and his demons. We have the power to cast out demons, to bind the “strong man” (Mark 3:27), resist Satan so he will flee (James 4:7), stand firm against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). God is making Christ’s enemies a footstool for His feet through us!
This is unfamiliar thought in most church environments. We’d rather not think about doing battle with scary demons and such. But we can no longer afford to stick our heads in the sand and ignore it, and so I believe It is time for His people to awaken to the authority we have in Christ and fight the evil powers behind what is happening in our world head on!
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Satan released worldwide fear, which did more damage to our society than the virus itself. Through the brutality of a police officer, he released hatred and anarchy in the streets of many cities, and a growing movement to trim back or even dismantle our police forces. Fear and hatred work together to set the stage for lawlessness, followed by chaos and despair, which in turn potentially begins to set the stage for the anti-Christ to step in as a “savior” to rescue mankind from its predicament and be worshiped for it (Rev. 13).
Scared? You shouldn’t be. The end has already been written. We fight an enemy who has already been defeated but is seeking to wreak as much havoc as possible while going down. Just be sure to stay close to the Father, listen closely to what He has to say to you, and let Him train you for spiritual battle – from the vantage point of a victory already won, and absolute authority over the Enemy’s cosmic forces in Jesus’ Name. To abide in Christ is to abide in His authority and exercise it through your prayers.
Here are some suggestions for your prayer this week:
- Pray that God opens your eyes to the authority you have in Christ Jesus, and that what comes at you daily in the form of discouragement, disruption, doubt and fear is from Satan.
- Make a point of memorizing Ephesians 6:10-18 and praying the mindsets of the spiritual armor over yourself every morning. I have made a point of doing that while I’m getting dressed every morning.
- Pray without ceasing. Commune with God throughout the day and you will have an unbroken, reassuring sense of His Presence in you and around you.
- Pray with me for God to unleash the hosts of heaven to counter hatred in the streets with love, unrest with peace, lies and deception with truth, attacks on the President and his team with protection.
- Pray also that the Lord awakens His people, a giant lulled asleep by comfort over the last decade or so, to the urgency of the battle and a hunger to seek His face, pray, and win great triumphs through faith-filled intercession for our nation.
- Pray for a spiritual revival to sweep all segments of our divided nation. Socioeconomic, racial and political strife are the “dividing walls of hostility” embedded in our sin nature. They will not go away through the works of committees, task forces, community initiatives or even laws. Only Christ can, through His atonement and the indwelling of His Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-16). The cross literally kills hostility in our hearts, so let’s pray for the death of hostility through the power of revival!
Be strong in faith, and vigilant in prayer this week. He will never leave or forsake you!
Audio of 6-4-20 TI Prayer Call Devotional – Spiritual Battle by Remco Brommet
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