God's Power Is Greater Than Satan
To avoid being deceived by Satan's power, examine everything that is taught in light of God's Word - the King James Bible.
Use The Word of God, the King James Bible to evaluate the lives of those who are teaching powerful doctrines or performing signs and wonders.
Do not accept any teaching, doctrine, revelation, or miracle that is not in harmony with God's Word.
The power of Satan often attracts believers through so-called "special revelation of new truth." People claim special dreams, appearances by angels, visions, voices, or other supernatural events. But Paul warned:
. . . but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from Heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Do not accept any so-called prophecy that is not in right relation to the faith (Romans 12:6) and which does not come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:22). Do not accept any revelation that leads you away from God and the truth of His Word (Deuteronomy 13:1-5):
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. (Proverbs 21:16)
Avoid Every Satanic Influence:
God warned Israel to avoid every type of Satanic influence:
. . . destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places. (Numbers 33:52)
Read the additional instructions God gave in Deuteronomy 18:9-14. Israel was to have no contact with the work of Satan in any form.
Destroy anything you own that has to do with witchcraft or the work of the devil. This includes idols, lucky charms, potions, amulets, crystal balls, games, divining devices, and other similar items. Destroy any evil literature, movies and music that does not glorify God.
This is what people did in the New Testament when they became believers:
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men, and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. (Acts 19:19)
Do not spend time in places where there is evil influence.
The King James Bible records that God manifested Himself in special places such as the Old Testament temple and the upper room of a house on the Day of Pentecost. It is equally true that Satanic power can be manifested in special places dedicated to evil.
This includes places where evil pictures are shown, drinking and riotous
behavior is occurring, séances are being held, worship of Satan is occurring - anywhere sinful practices are going on.
Avoid such environments, because Satan's power is especially strong there.
You cannot pray, "Lead me not into temptation," and then put yourself in such a place:
. . . and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. (I Corinthians 10:20)
Do not associate with false leaders, teachers, prophets, ministers or apostles: Abstain from all appearance of evil. (I Thessalonians 5:22)
Recognize God's Power Is Greater Than Satan:
God's organization, the true church, is more powerful than that of Satan:
(God) hath put all things under His (Jesus) feet, and gave Him (Jesus) to be
the head over all things to the church. Which is His body . . . (Ephesians 1:22-23)
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. (Ephesians 3:10)
Jesus is the head of the Church. Believers are the body. If all things (including Satan and his religious structure) are under the feet of Jesus, then they are also under our feet because we are the body.
"Under the feet" means they are under the power and authority which God has delegated to us.
Jesus said we have power over "all the power of the enemy" (Luke 10:19).
This includes spiritual wickedness in high places. Satan and his hosts challenge God's power, but they certainly are not a threat to Him or His people.
The true church is to demonstrate God's power to these evil principalities and powers!
Spiritual Wickedness In High Places
As an imitator of the power of God, Satan seeks to deceive in the world today. To "deceive" is to mislead or cause someone to believe something that is not true.
-Satan deceives not only individuals but nations: Revelation 20:8-10
-Satan works with "all deceivableness of unrighteousness": II Thessalonians 2:10 -We are warned that deception will increase: II Timothy 3:13
-Because deception will increase, we are instructed to be aware of the events
indicating Christ's return: Matthew 24; Mark 13; II Thessalonians 2:3
-We are warned about those used by Satan to deceive: II Corinthians 11:13; Titus 1:10; II Peter 2:13; II John 7
-Man's heart is deceptive: Jeremiah 17:9
-Every unsaved man is deceived: II Corinthians 4:4; Hebrews 3:13
-Do not accept deceptive "fair speeches" which do not agree with God's Word:
Romans 16:18; II Corinthians 4:2
You are deceived if . . .
-You listen to vain philosophies: Colossians 2:8
-You trust in riches and permit the lusts of the flesh: Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:19; Ephesians 4:22
-You are a hearer and not a doer of the Word of God: James 1:22
-You say you have no sin: I John 1:8
-You listen to evil men: II Timothy 3:13
-You think you are important when actually you are nothing: Galatians 6:3
-You think you will not reap what you sow: Galatians 6:7
-You think the unrighteous will inherit the Kingdom of God: I Corinthians 6:9
-You think you are wise because you have the wisdom of this world: I Corinthians 3:18
-You think you are spiritual but an unconquered tongue reveals your true
condition: James 1:26
-You do not believe Jesus Christ came in the flesh: II John 7
-You think contact with sin will have no effect on you: I Corinthians 15:33
Jesus was born in the power of the Holy Ghost:
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
Jesus was the visible manifestation of God's power:
But unto them which are called. . . Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (I Corinthians 1:24)
John recognized the power of Jesus. He said:
. . . There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water; but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (Mark 1:7-8)
When Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove:
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. (John 1:31)
God had told John . . .
. . . Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (John 1:33)
This was confirmed when the Holy Ghost rested on Jesus in the form of the dove. Jesus was not only filled with Holy Ghost power, He was to baptize with power.
A Proven Power
Immediately after His baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan:
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. (Luke 4:1)
You can read of this experience in Luke 4:1-13.
Power is proven by testing. Each temptation by Satan challenged the power and authority of Jesus. Jesus successfully overcame each one and. . .
. . . returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. (Luke 4:14)
His Source Of Power
God the Father was the source of Jesus' power and authority. Jesus said:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Jesus did not exercise power independently of God the Father. Continually, throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus credited God as the source of His power:
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father. (John 10:32)
There were no limits to Christ's power. He was given all power in Heaven and earth:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)
Jesus has power. . .
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And (God) hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church. ( Ephesians 1:21-22)
Jesus is the head of all other powers:
And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10)
Jesus had unlimited power. He was given:
Power To Teach With Authority:
The scribes based their authority on the Old Testament scriptures. Jesus based His authority on God Himself:
And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)
And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power. (Luke 4:32)
Power Over Sin:
Jesus had power to forgive sin:
But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins. (Matthew 9:6)
Power Over Sickness:
When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word. . . and healed all that were sick. (Matthew 8:16)
Power Over Nature:
And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)
Power Over All Flesh:
As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. (John 17:2)
Power Over His Enemies:
Then saith Pilate unto Him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. . . (John 19:10-11)
Power Over Death:
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11:25)
Through His own death and resurrection, Jesus. . .
. . . having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)
Power Over His Own Life:
Jesus explained regarding His life:
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. . . (John 10:18)
Power To Execute Judgment:
God has given Jesus power to execute judgment:
And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. (John 5:27)
Power Over Demons:
Jesus had power and authority over demonic forces:
And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a
word is this! for with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. (Luke 4:36)
And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him. (Mark 1:27)
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)
Power Over All The Works Of The Enemy:
The purpose for which Jesus came into the world was to destroy all the works of the Devil:
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)
After His death and resurrection, Jesus returned to Heaven. There He continues to minister in power and authority at the right hand of God:
Hereafter shall the Son of Man sit on the right hand of the power of God. (Luke 22:69)
And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God. (Acts 7:56)
Jesus also continues to minister through the power delegated to believers. Before Jesus returned to Heaven, He delegated power and authority to His followers. They were to do the works He had done, and even greater works (John 14:12).
Someday, Jesus will return to earth in great power and glory:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven: and then all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)
At that time all the powers of Heaven and earth will be delivered up to Jesus:
Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (I Corinthians 15:24)
All the universe will acknowledge the power of God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ:
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
And every creature which is in Heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:12-13)
God is the source of power. He delegated "all power" to His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus then delegated spiritual power to His followers. This power enabled them to fulfill a great responsibility assigned to them.
When Jesus concluded His earthly ministry and returned to Heaven, He left His followers with a great responsibility. He said:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)
The responsibility Jesus gave His followers was to reach the entire world with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
There is a definite relationship between responsibility and authority. When someone is given a responsibility to do something, he must also be given the authority to do it. That authority must be delegated by someone greater than he.
For example, a peace officer is given the responsibility to maintain order in a village or city. He is also given authority by the government to fulfill that responsibility. He is given authority to carry a weapon to give him power to fulfill his task. The peace officer does not have authority in himself. His authority is delegated (given) to him by his superiors. He is a man working with power delegated to him by a higher authority. He is hired to serve and protect the people.
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Jesus gave His followers the responsibility of reaching the world with the Gospel. He also gave them the authority to accomplish the task. You cannot give someone responsibility without giving them authority to carry out that responsibility. What was this authority?
It was spiritual power. Jesus said:
. . . All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)
Then He said, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Authority To Delegate
When Jesus came to this earth, He came with power and authority. Jesus had "all power" delegated from God. Because of this, He (Jesus) had the authority to delegate both power and responsibility to His followers:
And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. (Matthew 10:1)
And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils. (Mark 3:14-15)
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