Where in God’s Word is the Authority of Every Christian over Satan and Demons?


Do Christians have authority over satan and demons?
The answer is unequivocally, YES! Through the shed blood of Jesus, we have victory over all the powers of darkness. The Assemblies of God has a great article on their website that helps us understand much about spiritual warfare: http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/topics/sptlissues_spiritual_warfare.cfm
Here is a list of Scriptures that I found that relate directly to this issue: Matthew 10:1, Matthew 10:8, Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17-18, Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Revelation 12:11, James 4:7, Matthew 4:1-11, 1 Peter 5:8-9, Luke 9:1, Romans 13:12, Matthew 18:18Ephesians 4:27
As you may have read from the AG article, there are some people who take spiritual warfare to an extreme and create fear in people about satan's works. There is no need for a believer to fear the powers of darkness. We are already victorious over satan and all the powers of darkness. We have to educate our minds to what the Word of God says, and then live our lives in the authority that the
Word provides us. I firmly believe that the only power that satan has over us is the power we give him by not living according to the truth of God's Word. The Word tells us to STAND against the powers of darkness (Eph. 6:11, 13, 14). This is what we are commanded to do when we feel attacked by the enemy. When we stand on the Word of God, God fights for us!
This passage in Ephesians talks about praying also, but we pray to God, not to satan. Our prayers are to be directed toward God. We can speak truth to satan and his demons and they will flee, but we don't need to let our lives be consumed by speaking to demons. Paul spoke to a demon (Acts 16:18) in the name of Jesus. He told the demon to come out of a girl and the demon left her at that moment. Demons cannot possess Christians so we don't need to speak to satan or demons in our personal Christian walk because they have no power or authority over us. The only thing we would need to say to them is, "The Word of God says, [quote a passage of Scripture]." There is nothing else that we are commanded to say in Scripture other than this. Jesus modeled this for us in Matthew 4:1-11. He did
exactly what the Bible says to do in James 4:7, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
We have complete spiritual authority because of our position as Christians. We have been bought by God with the blood of Jesus. We are His and He will protect us.
by David Crissman

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  1. jonathan says:

    For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12. He did not say we overcame the devil, he said we WRESTLE the devil. Some demons are more powerful than others. Do not think any old joe christian can cast out a leviathan or jezebel demon with one word. It takes a powerful anointing to do that.

    • Amara O. says:

      Yes, while there’s the place for the powerful anointing as you call it, any true Christian can act on the Word of God in faith and over come the devil. Apart from Eph. 6:12 that used the word wrestle, there’s Rev. 12:11, Luke 10: 19, Matt. 10:1, 8, Mark 16:17-18 that talks about the authority of a believer. You can only cast out a demon that you have overcome. So it doesn’t matter how ‘big…g’ the demon is, it is certainly listed amongst the things and creatures that must bow at the name of Jesus! The only reason we are not able to exercise that level of authority is because we refuse to pay the price for a sanctified life in Christ Jesus. That’s what makes the power work. We all have been given the power!

  2. john brightman says:

    my big concern is how church congregation think they can choose to disobey Pauls direct instructions about elders and deacon then give females the positions of elders and deacons !why is it so?? its hard for me because this has happened in my church since we have had new pastors ie husband and wife leadership, another worry, can women be appointed by CHRIST as assentation gifts??

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