Authority Over the Enemy

May 1 | Taken from a message by Adrian Rogers

I read about a woman in Missouri who allowed a man, who was not her husband, to live with her in her apartment. She thought it’d be a good arrangement, but after a while she realized that she’d made a tragic mistake. She told that man, “You’re going to have to leave.” He said, “I’m not leaving. You invited me here. I’m going to stay.”

She didn’t know what to do, so she went to court and got an injunction against him. She showed the man the injunction and said, “Do you see this? You’ve got to go. I’ve got authority now, and you’ve got to go.” And he moved out.

Now Satan is that same way. You can say, “Satan, won’t you leave me alone? Please leave me alone. Don’t bother me anymore.” What you need to do, my friend is take the authority of heaven and say, “Satan, in the name of Jesus, I resist you. I rebuke you. You have no right here. You’re trespassing on my Father’s property, and in the name of Jesus be gone.”

“But,” you say, “You’re talking to the devil. Isn’t that like praying to the devil?” You’re not praying to a cat when you say, “Scat!”

Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). It’s time we discovered this kingdom authority and put it to work.

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