Although Satan has never actually had any legitimate authority in the earth, that doesn't mean that he has not found a deceptive way to function.
You see, the deceiver has found a duplicitous method that actually enables him to function in places where he has no standing or right. The apostle Paul warns us to be careful "lest Satan should take advantage of us. For we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Cor. 2:11).
Satan's methodology is first evidenced in his dealings with Adam and Eve. From that time on, Satan has applied the same approach to the rest of humanity. He learned that if he can deceive people and persuade them to obey him, he gains a powerful foothold in their life.
Obedience to darkness opens up darkness in your life. What you allow to speak into your life has a terrible tendency of taking over. It is interesting to observe what the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Rome. "You are slaves of the one whom you obey" (Rom. 6:16).
Any way you look at it, obedience empowers the one who is being obeyed.
Sadly, the bulk of humanity has embraced the lies of Satan and positioned itself in a horrendous rebellion against the King of glory. Most aren't fully cognizant of what they've done. They don't understand that they have positioned themselves against the sovereign Lord.
They are not fully aware of who Jesus is and what He has done.
This is a tragedy that simply must be confronted! We must find a way to bring freedom and life to those who have foolishly chosen the way of darkness.
We need to remember Satan has no legitimate authority in our lives. He really only possesses the strength we have given him.
J.D. King, director of the World Revival Network and co-pastor at World Revival Church, is writing Regeneration: Healing in the History of Christianity. King is a sought-after speaker, writer and author.
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