PSALM 91:13 "You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent."
Jesus in Luke 10 picks up this scripture. We see him sending 72 out to do the “stuff” – the work of the Kingdom. They come back all excited that even the demons submit in His name. He, then, confirms this back to them by stating He has given them authority! What a word – EXOUSIA in fact! It means delegated influence, power, right, or strength – the word even suggests superhuman.
Jesus has given us all power and the authority to trample on the works of the enemy. So often we ignore the fact that we have an enemy and that it is our responsibility to use what we have been given. Trample is not just a walk in the park but a stomping with the intent to inflict pain.
We have been told the fields are white and ready to harvest. He didn’t say, 'Oh by the way you only have a push mower to get the job done!' No, he has given us the “John Deer” harvesters to take the fields on. Can you imagine a wheat farmer going into his field with a push mower as opposed to the power of the combine machinery?
Jesus has given us this kind of power over the works of the enemy. We need to pick up our authority and begin to bring the Kingdom of God into the Kingdom of darkness.
The rest of the verse in Luke says that nothing by any means will harm you. You need that assurance that nothing can harm you – you are free from the sting of the scorpion and the bite of the snake - but you need to take your God given right and say no to the enemy. Paul says we are not unaware of the enemy’s devices and Peter says resist him. We need to use the authority that we have been given with full assurance that if God be for us who can stand against us. Jesus sent the 72 out to destroy the works of the evil one – we too have been given all power and authority so that we can work the works of God without fear!
Maybe its time that we like superman, Clark Kent, put on the clothes provided for us through the Holy Spirit and do some rescuing of our own. Jesus said you would be clothed with power from on high. Why? So you can go into the entire world and do the works of the Kingdom.
Prayer: "Lord, thank you that I have authority in you over all the works of the enemy. I put on the power from on high. Direct my actions and application of this power for the most effective impact in Jesus' name. Amen."
(This is an excerpt from the book, Under His Wings, by Bonnie Inkster. To find out more about its availability click here)