“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
Last night my girl woke up very upset and I wondered if there wasn’t something going on in the spirit realm. So I prayed quite simply, “Go in Jesus Name”, to any evil spirits. I said it softly and I didn’t repeat it. I simply said, “You heard me. You must submit to his Name no matter how softly it is spoken”. My girl calmed down soon after that.
That night I had a “dream” that I was wrestling with a demon. It was so confident and experienced. It had both my wrists in a pressure point hold and had me kneeling before it. I truly realized I am just a ‘babie’ in the face of such experienced and crafty enemies such as these. This was a “samurai warrior” of a demon.
I said, “I submit myself to the Lord Jesus Christ” and felt the power of God come into me while I simultaneously woke up. Upon waking I knew it was still there and then this debate started to rage in my mind. All these arguments about why God was done with me or how I must be a false prophet or reasons why I really am separated from God barraged my mind. These arguments had previously overthrown me in years past. I can tell you from experience that when you let one of these lies take root in your mind – when you believe the enemy – such terror and despair can so flood your mind and leave you in a depressed sad state for years… such is my history.
But, I countered with the promises of God that had previously set me free, namely these:
“However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:37-40 NLT
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 NKJV
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:1-3 NIV
I was reading those verses in John 17 tonight about how the Lord has authority over all mankind to give eternal life to as many as the Father has given him. Couple that idea with the above Scripture and think through the implications. Staggering isn’t it?
When you come to Jesus you cannot be rejected. He guarantees to give you eternal life… defined as a relationship with Life itself. When you believe in Jesus “there is no judgement that remains for anyone who believes in him” (Jn 3:18). Your “in” and he desperately wants for you to know it and have proof (based on the fact that God cannot lie). I know this will mean the world to someone who is reading this.
I guess I’m just amazed that God gives his babies like me authority even over the devil himself. That the devil has to flee from little ol me as I submit myself to the LORD Jesus Christ.
Becoming familiar with Scripture and the promises of God will be vital to our continued success in our wrestling match against all the kingdom of hell that surrounds us.
Saturate your mind in the Word (the Bible) and get to know the Word (Jesus).
I almost left out the best part. The next morning I talked with my girls about how there is power in the Name of Jesus and I taught them the song. It was delightful to hear my 2 year old sing it throughout the day: