“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning
fall from heaven. 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
I’m sure you are all familiar with the congregations
who believe they can handle snakes without being
bitten or harmed in any why. Verse 19 above is often
misinterpreted by these folks. They believe that what
Jesus is saying is that He has given all His disciples
the power to tread on literal serpents and scorpions.
They believe that it is only a lack of faith that
allows them to be bitten and ultimately to die from
snakebite. These are foolish people who hold to a form
of biblical illiteracy.
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying,
Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy
The serpents and scorpions Jesus refers to in verse 19
above are supernatural, evil spirits (demons). Jesus
gave His disciples His power – power to tread on
demons. To advance the Kingdom of God unhindered.
When the 70 were out on
their mission they encountered the malevolent
supernatural realm and realized they did have power
over devils through Christ’s name. The demons were no
match for the power of Christ; it was not the
seventy’s power but the power of Jesus (God Almighty)
that prevailed against Satan and his horde.
These seventy disciples
of Jesus’ understood His words as follows: “I gave you
the power (authority, strength) that no matter what
perils you might encounter, your progress would not be
detoured or hindered by My enemy.” No matter what
machinations and persecutions Satan had determined to
throw at them, to thwart the preaching of the gospel,
they would prevail. Interestingly, He’s telling us
(His followers) the same thing today. As the serpents
and scorpions (demons) continually attempt to thwart
the preaching of the Gospel, we too shall overcome
them – not by our power but with the
of God. “But
as many as received him, to them gave He power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe
on his name:”
Power comes only from the Creator God of the universe.
That power includes becoming sons of God, power to
overcome the enemy’s evils, and power to stand firm in
our faith. When we receive Christ and believe on His
name, we are freely given this awesome power.
supernatural beings have powers that humans can’t even
fathom. They are beings with varying ranks, and the
higher the rank the more power they possess. But to
Jesus they were nothing, and He made it plain to His
followers that by His power these demonic beings had
no power over them. Nor do they have power over His
saints today unless we allow them that power. How do
we do that? We give them power through our unbelief,
and even our doubts. We are surrounded and outnumbered
by the demonic realm, yet with all their powers, which
they wield mightily over the lost, they have only the
power over us that we allow them. Many Christians
allow the enemy sovereignty over their lives because
they continue to walk in fear and doubt.
We must understand
Jesus’ words “Nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Nothing can hurt the real us. The real us is
and the world of the demonic can’t touch us because we
belong to Jesus. We are His property, His possession,
and we should all hold to His promise.
When men and women go
off to war they are supplied with materials to help
keep them safe. Among many other items they are
supplied helmets, bulletproof vests, special boots and
clothing, and, of course, weapons. This is all helpful
as they go out to meet the enemy, but not sufficient
protection to insure them no harm. Compared to the
protection God affords His children, our military’s
protections are wholly insufficient. God’s protection
far exceeds anything even the fiercest supernatural
enemy has in his arsenal.
In Paul’s epistle to
the Ephesians he describes the protection we need as a
full buffer against the enemy. We have God’s power
protecting us and we have the armor He has issued each
of His children. When we put on God’s armor it becomes
impossible for the enemy of our souls to breach that
protection. The sad thing is few Christians put on the
armor and many more never even give their God-given
armor any thought.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places”
“Principalities”, “powers”, and “rulers of the
darkness of this world” are ranks of fallen angels.
Just as in military forces on earth, there are levels
of power, so it is with the satanic realm. God did not
leave us helpless and naked when it comes to standing
firm against the enemy combatants.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
So what are these
pieces of God-issued armor?
therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”
The first mentioned is that of being girt with the
truth (the word of God). When we have the knowledge of
the word of God firmly embedded in our minds and
hearts we are indeed girt with the truth and we become
a formidable foe to be reckoned with. There’s mighty
power in His word, freely given to all who seek that
The breastplate of
righteousness is only given to those who have become
God’s peculiar people, His possession – the born
again. That breastplate (righteousness) is a God
ordained supernatural boundary impenetrable by the
enemy. The picture so far is that of an unyielding,
fully protected soldier in God’s army – but hold on to
your hats, there’s more protection available.
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel
This one is obvious. Wherever God sends us we are to
“…to be ready always to give an answer to every man
that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear:”
1 Peter 3:15.
The word “shod” actually means we are to bind to
ourselves the Gospel of peace in the sense that that
binding is permanent. Preparation means exactly what
we think. We are to study the word of God so that we
can’t be caught off guard by any wacked-out
supernatural being, or any human being for that
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the
The shield of faith is the key to all the rest of the
armor doing their individual jobs. If we have not
faith we have no shield. If we have faith in God then
the shield He provides covers us from head to toe. A
lack of faith leaves us unprotected. Faith in Christ
effectively quenches the fiery darts of the
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
Ephesians 6:17. To take the helmet of salvation means we’ve been
born again, it is the protection of our spirit.
Without salvation our spirit is fully open to the
enemy’s attacks. As a matter of fact, without
salvation we would belong to the enemy. When we take
hold of the sword of the Spirit we’re taking hold of
God’s sword. God’s inerrant word is your sword of
protection. Take hold of it and use it every day. It’s
your power base. Keep it near.
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto
you; but rather rejoice, because your names are
written in heaven.”
Jesus tells these 70 disciples, thus He’s telling us
as His followers today, to take no joy in the fact
that the malevolent supernatural beings are subject to
us. It’s not our power that repels the demons – it’s
not our strength that keeps them at bay – it’s
Christ’s power that prevails. God gets the glory for
who we are in Christ and how we stand for His Kingdom.
Our rejoicing comes into play as we realize that our
names are written in Heaven.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in
the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Prayer is our direct line of communication to God;
praying always with the desire and need for God who is
always in control to be ever vigilant on our behalf
and on the behalf of our brethren. Especially as we
watch the persecution of the saints intensify in these
extreme last days.
The closer we get to
the Rapture of the saints our individual wills will be
tested…for some, most exceedingly. What kind of power
could we possibly possess which would enable us to
stand against the enemy? It’s spiritual not physical.
We have no chance when it comes to physical strength
to withstand the wiles of the devil. That spiritual
power given to us by Jesus Himself is far greater than
anything we might be faced with emerging from the
enemy camp. Yes, the human followers of Satan can kill
our body but they can’t touch who we really are.
“And fear not
them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell.”
God bless you all,
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