2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) Satan, who is the god of this world…
Psalm 115:16 (TPT) The heavens belong to our God; they are His alone, but He has given us the earth and put us in charge.
Luke 10:19 (AMPC) (Jesus said) Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over ALL the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.
Matthew 16:19 And I (Jesus) will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
When Adam was in the Garden of Eden, he betrayed God. He was in charge of the earth – and when he fell, he turned it over to the devil (which was the devil’s entire motive for deceiving Eve, then Adam making a wrong choice).
So when God says the devil is the god of this earth, that is correct. What we fail to understand is that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, the devil is NOT god over our part of this earth. He is not god over us at all (unless we allow him to be).
Luke 10:19 is OUR authority over the devil’s power on this earth. We have authority over our lives, our neighborhood, our family, not the devil. Remind yourself, “Devil, you’re not the boss of me. You’re not the boss in this situation!”
The thing is, if God is in control, He sure has made a mess of this earth. If WE are in control, we sure have made a mess of this earth.
But the good new is – WE really are in control. We may not know it and we may not act like it, but it is ours. All we have to do is take OUR authority.
In fact my pastor illuminated something today that I’d never put together. Most of us have read it many times but never realized the power we were missing in this scripture.
Matthew 16:19 (TPT) “I (Jesus) will give you the keys of heaven’s kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven, and to release on earth that which is released in heaven.”
What’s forbidden in heaven? The first part of John 10:10, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy”. Sickness, disease, poverty, lack, and more. These things that are not in heaven mean we have the right to bind or forbid it to be here on earth in our lives.
What is loosed in heaven? That second half – “I (Jesus) came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows),” abundance, good, health, wholeness. Again things we have a right to loose here on earth. It’s ours.
So if our lives stink – if they are not what we desire – if gangs and drugs are taking over our neighborhoods, if our boss* isn’t treating us right, who’s fault is it? It is our fault.
We need to take our authority. Bind that enemy, bind his works. Loose peace, loose freedom, loose provision, loose healing, loose whatever we know is in heaven – because we have the right to have it here on earth!
TAKE YOUR AUTHORITY!
*we do not have authority over our boss, over people. Even God can’t override freewill and take authority over people. We do have authority over the spirit working behind that person.