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The Message of the Cross (5 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 1.18-25
We are learning these days from the book of 1 Corinthians under the heading:
LIVING UNDER KINGDOM AUTHORITY
that salvation in Christ turns losers into winners making us overcomers rather than being over come by the power of the enemy. We are now “MORE THAN CONQUERORS” giving us a superior position over the things of this world.
Jesus has now given us “authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you,” and then He says in the next verse (Luke 10.20), “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Granted, we’re not to “rejoice that the spirits are subject to us,” but we need to remember that “the spirits are subject to us.”
What “spirits” are now subject to us?
Evil spirits. Demonic spirits. Destructive spirits. Controlling spirits. ALL OF THEM are now subject to us! And as liberating as that is, NOTHING compares to having our names written in heaven’s book of life!
I just have to ask you Overcomers this, you who now have demonic spirits subject to: why then are you living in defeat to unholy things? God did not save you to live with strongholds that keep you pulled down and defeated. He saved you giving you the power to be free of strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10.3-4, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” Do you know what a “carnal weapon of warfare is?” It’s anything that your flesh can conjure up. Don’t look to your flesh for the weapons you need to pull down strongholds in your life.
Do you know what a “stronghold” is? It’s a fortress. It’s a prison. God didn’t save us to imprison us; He s ...
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