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Who’s Afraid of the Boogyman?

February 3, 2012

For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” 2Tim 1:7, KJV

There is an enemy who desires you great injury.  He wants to harm you, enslave you, kill you.  His purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.  He hates your soul.  He lies to you.  He entices you to sin, and when you do he doesn’t reward you but condemns you.  If given the oppurtunity, he would destroy your family, your life and your body.  He wants your soul to burn eternally in hell, along with him.  Of course I’m talking about Satan.

He isn’t a red cartoon character with goat horns and a pitch fork.  He is likened to a lion, a thief and a murderer.  Jesus called him a slave master.  He was created as an angel, and as such he was made higher than men.  Paul said he was the prince of the air.  He has power over his kingdom and over his minions. He’s bad and he knows it.

However, he isn’t all-powerful; not by a long shot.  He is subject to the Name of Jesus (Mark 16:17; Phil 2:10).  He’s subject to the truth (James 2:19).  And there’s something else he’s subject to…

The Bible records that on the sixth day of creation “God created man in His Own image; in the image of God He created him… Then God blessed them, and God said unto them ‘Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (NKJV).

God gave Adam and Eve – and by proxy all their descendants – dominion over the earth.  But not just the earth, He gave us authority over the things that move upon the earth.  What moves upon the earth?  Satan does.  In Job 1:7 God asks the devil where he’s been.  He replies “from going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it” (NKJV).

As the image bearers of God we were given power over the devil.  When we receive His Spirit we are restored to His image, and therefore, we’re restored to our position of power over Satan.  Every time he comes against you, he’s walking in a place you have dominion over.  Every time he tempts you, he’s in a position of weakness; he’s in a place he has no power in.  Remember the next time he comes against you, you don’t have to be afraid of him.  You have the upper hand in every encounter!

God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and understanding.  Be blessed and encouraged,

Battlefield Priest


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