Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Power (Part 2: The Enemy's Business)
And the Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.' So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Job 1:12 (NKJV)
We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
1 John 5:19 (NAS)
God gave Satan power on earth. For reasons we cannot fully understand, the bad guy has temporary authority. 'For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people' (Isaiah 60:2). So, what is the business of the dark king?
'The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy' (John 10:10). But the 'Father of lies' (John 8:44) is cunning. He conducts his business carefully. It's easier to steal, kill, and destroy when a person is bound.
'No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man' (Mark 3:27). Therefore, step one in Satan's plan of destruction is bondage. He tempts us with money, possessions, popularity, status, unholy communions, bad behaviors, and time takers. When we get hooked, bondage begins.
But Jesus had a different plan: 'That they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will' (2 Timothy 2:26); to 'Set at liberty those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18). And He completed it...
'Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross' (Colossians 2:15). 'When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men' (Ephesians 4:8).
These gifts include power. 'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).
Basically, Jesus put 'That serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan' (Revelation 12:9) on a leash. God limited the dark king's power. Only the 'Children of light' (Ephesians 5:8) can walk freely, because they share the power of the King of kings.
Our mission? 'Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature' (Mark 16:15). That's the purpose of our power. It's also how we can help thwart the enemy's business plan directed toward unprotected civilians.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Power series.