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But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.
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If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Matthew —17 Just a simple reading of the text makes it clear that the focus is not spiritual warfare, unity in marriage, or empowering your prayer meetings. Instead, verses 15—17 speak exclusively about church discipline. In other words, Matthew —20 means that when church leaders gather together to deal with unrepentant sinners, they have heavenly backing.
Many charismatics use these promises—along with others, such as those of Matthew and —to claim from God every imaginable blessing and privilege just for the asking. He was not saying that men can force heaven to do things. Quite to the contrary, His promise was that when His people bend their wills to His, He will endorse and empower their act of obedience. Jesus was here continuing His instruction about church discipline.
He was not speaking about petitioning God for special blessings or privileges, and even less was He teaching that the church or any of its leaders has power to absolve the sins of its members. He was declaring that the church has a divine mandate to discipline its members when they refuse to repent. And what about the power to bind and loose in the spiritual realm? Verses 18—20 expand on His instructions by informing us of the immense heavenly support provided to leaders who maintain the discipline of the church.
Christ is always present with His people, even with a lone believer totally separated from fellow Christians by prison walls or by hundreds of miles. However, his forces were confused and defeated by our LordJesus Christ, who arose, ascended, and is now seated at the righthand of the Father, far above them. Remember the text in Colossians 2: Other translations say He"put them to nought" or "paralyzed them.
Jesus didthis with the devil, putting him on display before three worlds—heaven, hell, and earth—after He defeated him. God gave us thisaccount in the Scriptures so we in this world would know whathad happened. God wants us to know what happened in the death, burial,resurrection, and seating of Jesus Christ. He wants us to knowthat He has set Christ "Far above all principality, and power, Seated With Christ 21and might, and dominion, and every name that is named Notice in the eighteenth verse that theHoly Spirit through Paul prays that the eyes of the Ephesiansunderstanding—their spirits—might be opened to these truths.
He wanted all churches—all believers—to be enlightened. Thetruth of the authority of the believer, however, is overlooked bymany Christians. In fact, most churches dont even know thebeliever has any authority! You never will understand the authority of the believer onlywith your intellect; you must get the spiritual revelation of it.
You must believe it by faith. In other words, the act of God thatraised Christ from the dead also raised His Body.
In the mind ofGod, when Jesus was raised from the dead, we were raised fromthe dead! Further into the second chapter we read, "Even when wewere dead in sins, [He] hath quickened us together with Christ, And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together inheavenly places in Christ Jesus" vv.
This passage dealswith the conferring of this authority. Notice that the Head Christ and the Body the Church were raised together. Furthermore, this authority was conferrednot only upon the Head, but also upon the Body, because theHead and the Body are one.
When you think of a person, youthink of his head and body as one. As far as I know, churches believe that we were raised uptogether with Christ.
Why dont they believe that weve beenmade to sit together with Him? If part of this verse is so, thewhole verse is so.
If the Church ever gets the revelation that we are the Bodyof Christ, well rise up and do the works of Christ! Until now,weve been doing them only limitedly. When we realize that the authority that belongs to Christalso belongs to individual members of the Body of Christ and isavailable to us, our lives will be revolutionized! Seated With Christ 23 one body: Hes calling the Body, which is the Church, Christ. Thank God we are the Body of Christ! The believer is called "righteousness," and the unbeliever iscalled "unrighteousness.
We are Christ. Weare seated at the right hand of the Majesty on High. All thingshave been put under our feet. The trouble with us is that weve preached a "cross" religion,and we need to preach a "throne" religion. By that I mean thatpeople have thought they were supposed to remain at the cross.
Some have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, have backedup to the cross, and have stayed there ever since. Weve sung "Near the cross, near the cross. The cross is actually a place of defeat, whereas theResurrection is a place of triumph. When you preach the cross,youre preaching death, and you leave people in death.
We diedall right, but were raised with Christ. Were seated with Him. Positionally, thats where we are right now: Were seated withChrist in the place of authority in heavenly places. Many Christians know nothing about the authority of thebeliever. They really dont believe we have any authority.
Theybelieve theyre barely saved and they must go through life beingdominated by the devil while living on Barely-Get-Along Street. They magnify the devil more than they do God. We need to be delivered from the bondage of death and walkin the newness of life. Were not at the cross. We died withChrist, but He has raised us up together with Him. Glory to God,learn how to take your place of authority. The right hand of the throne of God is the center of power ofthe whole universe!
Exercising the power of the throne wascommitted to the resurrected Lord. We know that Christ with His resurrected physical body isthere in full possession of His rights, awaiting the Fathers timewhen His enemies shall be made His footstool. Hebrews 1: That authoritybelongs to us! No wonder Paul said, writing to the Romans, "For if by onemans offence [spiritual] death reigned by one; much more theywhich receive abundance of grace and of the gift ofrighteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ" Rom.
Were to reign as kings in life by Jesus Christ. Thats authority, isnt it? Whatever the king said was law; he wasthe last authority. We partake of the authority that Christs thronerepresents. Some of us have exercised a little more authority over thepowers of the air than others because we have a little morespiritual comprehension, but God wants all of us to have thatspiritual comprehension.
Maintaining Balance The Holy Spirit prayed through Paul that we all might havewisdom, understanding, and authority over the demonic powersand the problems they create through their constant manipulationof mens minds. It seems like its the most difficult thing in the world for theChurch to stay balanced.
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You can take any subject—includingthe authority of the believer—push it to the extreme, and itbecomes harmful and ceases to bless. He had the real thing. Then he began studying these veryScriptures we have been studying. He reasoned, "If we areChrist, then I am Christ. Christ is God, so I am God. The people worshiped him. Its easy to get into the ditch on either side of the road—intoexcess, wild fire, and fanaticism.
Lets go down the middle of theroad and maintain balance. John Alexander Dowie, a Scotsman who received arevelation about divine healing while ministering before the turnof the century in Australia, crossed the ocean many times duringhis lifetime.
He encountered many storms, but said every time astorm came up, he did what Jesus did: He rebuked the storm and We should not be amazed by this, because Jesus said, "..
Hethat believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; andgreater works than these shall he do; because I go unto myFather" John Someone will ask what the "greaterworks" are. Well, lets just do the works Jesus did first and thenthink about the "greater works"! Jesus didnt say that only a select few would do these works;He said those who believe on Him would.
As we study what the Word of God teaches and educate ourspirits about the authority of the believer, I believe well be ableto walk in this great truth more and more.
Chapter 4 4. Breaking the Power of the Devil We see in Ephesians 6: The Word of God teaches us that these evil spirits are fallenangels who have been dethroned by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ourcontact with these demons should be with the knowledge thatJesus defeated them, spoiled them, put them to nought Col. And now that Jesus has dethroned them, we can reignover them!
Adams Treason Originally, God made the earth and the fullness thereof,giving Adam dominion over all the works of His hands. In otherwords, Adam was the god of this world.
Adam committed hightreason and sold out to Satan, and Satan, through Adam, becamethe god of this world. Adam didnt have the moral right tocommit treason, but he had the legal right to do so.
Now Satan has a right to be here and be the god of thisworld until "Adams lease" runs out. Satan had the right to ruleover us until we became new creatures and got into the Body ofChrist, as we see in Colossians 1: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, andhath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son Thats why Satan has no right to rule us or dominate us.
Yetthe average Christian has more faith in Satans authority andpower than in Gods! In First Corinthians Our trouble is that we relegate everything to the future! Mostchurch people believe we will exercise our spiritual authoritysometime in the Millennium. If that is so, why does the Bible saySatan will be bound during the Millennium? There wont be anyneed to exercise authority then, because there will be nothinghere that will hurt or destroy. Authority Now Its now, when there is something that will hurt and destroy,that we have authority.
But many people believe we cant havemuch of anything now.
They think Satans running everythingdown here. We must remember, however, that although we arein the world, we are not of the world. Satans running a lot ofwhat is here on earth, but hes not running me. Hes not runningthe Church. Hes not dominating us. We can dominate him. Wehave authority over him!
Jesus said, Behold, I give unto you power to tread onserpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy: Does the Church in this century have less authority than itdid right after Jesus death, burial, resurrection, ascension, andseating at the Fathers right hand? If it has less authority today, itwould have been better for Jesus not to have died. But no, blessGod, we have authority. We need to build these truths into our lives by meditatingand feeding upon them until they become a part of ourconsciousness.
Naturally speaking, we eat certain foods every Breaking the Power of the Devil 29day because doctors tell us we need certain vitamins, minerals,etc. There are spiritual "vitamins" and"minerals," so to speak, we need to take every day, too, to behealthy Christians. Jesus said in Matthew We are the Body of Christ. Thus, many problems exist because we permit themto—were not doing anything about them. Were the ones whoare supposed to do something about them, but were trying to getsomeone else, including God, to do something about them.
This became real to me years ago when I was studying alongthis line. I couldnt explain it in my mind, but I knew it in myspirit. I began to understand this authority we have. Whilepraying for my older brothers salvation, I heard the Lord, in myspirit, challenge me. He said, "You do something about it!
He was what you would call the "black sheep" of thefamily. In spite of my prayers, he seemed to get worse instead ofbetter. I always had prayed, "God save him. I wasprone to slip back into praying this way, but after the Lordchallenged me to do something about it—after He told me I hadthe authority—I said, "In the Name of Jesus, I break the powerof the devil over my brothers life, and I claim his salvation!
I didnt keep saying it or praying it. When aking gives an order, he knows its going to be carried out. The devil tried to tell me my brother never would be saved,but I shut my mind off and started laughing. I said, "I dont thinkhell be saved—I know it!
I took the Name of Jesus and broke Within ten days, my brother wassaved. The Word works! How To Deal With the Devil As long as Satan can keep you in unbelief or hold you in thearena of reason, hell whip you in every battle. But if youll holdhim in the arena of faith and the Spirit, youll whip him everytime. He wont argue with you about the Name of Jesus—hesafraid of that Name.
I have found that the most effective way to pray can be whenyou demand your rights. Thats the way I pray: Youre not demanding ofGod when you demand your rights; youre demanding of thedevil. Jesus made this statement in John If ye shall ask any thing inmy name, I will do it" vv.
Hes not talking about prayer.
The Greek word here is "demand," not "ask. Verily, verily, I sayunto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, hewill give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: The Greek actually reads, "Whatever you demand as yourrights and privileges Many years ago when I was pastoring a little church inTexas, a woman brought her violently insane sister to the Breaking the Power of the Devil 31parsonage to be prayed for.
Because this woman had tried to killherself and others, she had been in a padded cell for two years. However, her health had deteriorated, and doctors hadrecommended a furlough at home for her, because she was nolonger considered dangerous.
When her sister introduced me as a "preacher," Scripturesstarted to roll out of this womans mouth. She thought she hadcommitted the unpardonable sin. The Lord told me to stand infront of her and say, "Come out, thou unclean devil, in the Nameof Jesus! She just sat therelooking like a statue. I knew I had spoken the word of faith.
You dont have tostand there all day long and command devils to come out. Theyre going to do it when you tell them to if you know yourauthority. They have to go once the command is given in faith. Two days later I was told the woman was having a violentattack similar to the kind she had had when she first lost hermind. This news didnt disturb me. In the Bible we read thatwhen Jesus rebuked the devil in such cases, people would falland the devil would tear them. I knew the devil was just tearingthis woman before he left her for good.
I knew she wouldnt haveany more spells, and she didnt. The doctors pronounced hernormal and sent her home for good. Twenty years later she washappy and healthy, teaching a Sunday School class and workingin a business. Faiths Role in Authority Faith is involved in exercising spiritual authority. Yes, thereare times when evil spirits come out immediately, but if theydont when you speak the word of faith, dont get disturbed aboutit. I base my faith on what the Word says. Some peoples faithis not based on the Bible, however, its based on a manifestation.
If they get certainmanifestations, they think the devils gone. But he isnt gone justbecause you get a manifestation. Hes still there, and you need toknow that and exercise your authority. When circumstances dont change immediately, some peoplebecome discouraged and slip back into the natural.
They starttalking unbelief and they defeat themselves. They give the devildominion over them. As Smith Wigglesworth often said, "Im not moved by whatI see. Im not moved by what I feel.
Im moved only by what Ibelieve. This was during the Depression, and I hada mother and a little brother to help support. My mothers smallincome paid the utilities, taxes, and insurance.
My incomebought our food. I owned only one suit and an extra pair of pants. Duringthose Depression days, much stealing went on, and someonestole both pairs of my pants. They were stolen on a Monday, andI was to preach that Thursday. They are old work pants. I prayed that the person who had stolen them would be somiserable he would have to bring them back. You see, its a wrong spirit that makes someone steal. I wasdealing with that spirit and not the person, because we haveauthority over spirits.
I commanded the spirit to stop this action. When I came home on Thursday afternoon, I knew thosepants would be there, and they were there. So we can—andshould—rise up against the devil. Chapter 5 5. Exercising Authority The door to exercising authority pivots upon two phrasesPaul prayed for the Ephesians: Meditate on these two prayers.
Learn to pray them foryourself. Feed on their truths until they become a part of yourinner consciousness. Then they will dominate your life. But donttry to accept them mentally; youve got to get the revelation ofthem in your spirit. Notice that not only is Christ seated at the right hand of theFather, above all the powers in Satans realm, but were there,too, because God "hath raised us up together. In the mind of God, we were raised when Christ was raised.
When Christ sat down, we sat down, too. Thats where we arenow, positionally speaking: Were seated at the right hand of theFather with Christ.
The act of Christs being seated implies that,for the time being, at least, certain aspects of His work aresuspended. All the authority that was given to Christ belongs to usthrough Him, and we may exercise it. We help Him by carryingout His work upon the earth. And one aspect of His work that theWord of God tells us to do is to conquer the devil! In fact, Christcant do His work on the earth without us!
Someone will argue, "Well, He can get along without me,but I need Him. You see, the truth that Paul is bringing 33 What if your body said, "I can get along without the head. Idont need my head. And whatif your head said, "Well, I can get along without my body. I dontneed it; I can get along without hands and feet.
Likewise, Christ cant get along without us, because thework of Christ and God is carried out through the Body ofChrist. His work never will be done apart from us—and wenever can get along without Him. Remember, when Paul wrote this letter to the Church atEphesus, he didnt divide it into chapters and verses.
Scholarsdid that at a much later date to help us in making reference. Youcan do great harm sometimes by picking one verse out of achapter, taking it out of its setting, and making it say somethingit doesnt say. The Holy Spirit through Paul already has said in the secondchapter that we are seated above these powers that we have todeal with. Not only is Christ seated at the right hand of theFather, far above all these powers, but were there, too, becauseGod has made us sit together with Christ.
Therefore, in our battle against the enemy and his forces, weneed to keep in mind that were above them and we haveauthority over them. The Word tells us that Jesus has conqueredthem. Our job is to enforce His victory.
His victory belongs tous, but we are to carry it out.
At the end of that vision, an evil spirit that looked like a littlemonkey or elf ran between Jesus and me and spread somethinglike a smoke screen or dark cloud. Then this demon began jumping up and down, crying in ashrill voice, "Yakety-yak, yakety-yak, yakety-yak. Through this entire experience, Jesus was teaching mesomething. And if youll be attentive, youll find the answer hereto many things that have troubled you.
I couldnt understand why Jesus allowed the demon to makesuch a racket. I wondered why Jesus didnt rebuke the demon soI could hear what He was saying. I waited a few moments, butJesus didnt take any action against the demon.
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Jesus was stilltalking, but I couldnt understand a word He was saying—and Ineeded to, because He was giving instructions concerning thedevil, demons, and how to exercise authority. I thought to myself, Doesnt the Lord know Im not hearingwhat He wanted me to?
I need to hear that. Im missing it! I almost panicked. The demon laythere trembling, whimpering, and whining like a whipped pup. He wouldnt look at me. He ran off. The Lord knew exactly what was in my mind. I wasthinking, Why didnt He do something about that? Why did Hepermit it? Kenneth E. Hagins book I Believe in Visions. I replied,"Lord, I know I didnt hear You right!
You said You wouldnt,didnt You? I never heardor preached anything like that in my life! Jesussmiled sweetly and said He would give me four.
I said, "Ive read through the New Testament times, andmany portions of it more than that. If that is in there, I dontknow it! In fact, to do so is to waste yourtime. The believer is told to do something about the devil. Thereason is because you have the authority to do it. The Church isnot to pray to God the Father about the devil; the Church is toexercise the authority that belongs to it. The least member of the Body ofChrist has just as much power over the devil as anyone else, andunless believers do something about the devil, nothing will bedone in a lot of areas.
Exercising Authority 37 We believe that certain people have power. No, Jesus saidthe least member of the Body of Christ has just as much powerover the devil as anyone else; and when we start believing that,thats when were going to get the job done.
Jesus continued, "Ive done all Im going to do about thedevil until the angel comes down from heaven, takes the chainand binds him, and puts him into the bottomless pit [Rev. First of all, when I arose from the dead, I said, All power[authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth Matt.
The word power means authority. But I immediatelydelegated my authority on earth to the Church, and I can workonly through the Church, for I am the Head of the Church. The second reference Jesus gave me was Mark MARK He said, "The very first sign mentioned as following anybeliever—not any pastor or any evangelist—is that they shallcast out devils.
That means that in my Name they shall exerciseauthority over the devil, because I have delegated my authorityover the devil to the Church. The verse should read, "The Father hath delivered us fromthe authority of darkness, and hath translated us into thekingdom of his dear Son.
Therefore, weve got a right to speak todarkness—that is, Satan and his kingdom—and tell them what todo! Exercising Authority Over Others Believers have authority over the devil.
They can break thepower of the devil if he raises his head anywhere in their ownlife or the lives of their immediate family or loved ones. Theyhave authority there. Theyll be free from the enemy becausetheyve got the right to exercise their authority over him. That doesnt mean, however, that theyll go down the streetcasting the devil out of everyone they meet. It primarily meansthey will exercise authority over the devil in their own lives. Youve got to realize that youve got authority over your ownhousehold that you dont have in my household.
Spiritualauthority is much like natural authority. For example, you donthave authority over my money. You cant tell me what to do withmy money unless I give you permission to. You dont haveauthority over my children. You can make the devil desist in some of his maneuvers insomebody elses life, but you cant always cast him out, becauseyou dont have authority in that "household.
The next reference Jesus gave me was James 4: This is referring to demonic powers. But notice that it says you are not wrestling against flesh and blood. Much that goes on in your life is not just human.
Christianity has tried to make something out of possessed, oppressed, or depressed. The fact is that people are being influenced and controlled and used by the devil—they really are. This needs to be said because there are a lot of people who honestly believe that all the demons are in Africa.
Anyone who is not paying attention can be influenced and inspired and used of Satan to come against you. If you were to recognize that, it would make a huge difference in the way you respond to them. For instance, I get a lot of hate mail. There was a time when I took what was said personally. Now I look beyond the person, recognizing that Satan is just using them. That allows me to keep it in the right perspective.
And you know what? I was able to look right past what they did and forgive them. I could see that Satan was taking advantage of them to hurt me through some weak area in their lives.
Then, when they do turn around, the relationship can be reestablished.I need to hear that. When Jesus the Righteous yielded to death, the bond of thelaw against us was paid.
You have obtained an inheritance, and in that inheritance you have been given all authority. But if youll holdhim in the arena of faith and the Spirit, youll whip him everytime. The demon laythere trembling, whimpering, and whining like a whipped pup. We need to be delivered from the bondage of death and walkin the newness of life.
Hou can ma6e the devil desist in some of his maneuvers in somebod elseBs life, but ou canBt al ays cast him out, because ou donBt have authorit in that Chousehold. I battled that thing forabout six weeks. The cross is actually a place of defeat, whereas theResurrection is a place of triumph. Far above all principality and power and might and dominion.
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