Daniel 2:44—KJV—And in the days of these kings shall the God of Heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Isaiah 9:6, 7—KJV—For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government there shall be no end,
Even though Daniel was a captive, God used him to declare His Almighty purpose to the conquering ruler, Nebuchadnezzer. Through Nebuchadnezzer’s dream, God revealed three other kingdoms that would conquer the same area that the Babylonians now occupied. Those three kingdoms were the Medio-Persians, the Greeks and the Romans.
The real point that God was making was that He was only using those four kingdoms to set up His kingdom that would rule forever. Notice in verse forty-four that God said that this kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Isaiah foretold of a child that would be born Who would create a government that would continue to increase and would never end.
There are many other prophecies listed in the Old Testament that describe the same thing but let’s get to the real point. The child Isaiah talked about is Jesus. Through His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, Jesus defeated….forever…..the devil and all of the devil’s evil forces.
Let’s investigate this point even further. Jesus described His enemy and his evil kingdom like this in John 10:10—KJV—The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. But Jesus further defines the difference between Him and His enemy by continuing to say, “But I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” More about this in a later blog.
The main point I want to zero in on through this blog is the fact that the devil ain’t in control. Does he steal control? Yes. Remember, ‘The thief’ is what Jesus called him.
Jesus described him again in He was talking to the religious rulers of His day in John 8:44—NIV—You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Out of all the things that Jesus said about the devil, He never said that the devil is in control. Does the devil lie, and steal, and murder? Yes. He has done it since the beginning of time and he’ll continue until he is destroyed in the lake of fire. Which, by the way, he and his angels KNOW that they are destined to go there. Read the demons response to Jesus in Matthew 8:29.
This is further proof that the devil ain’t in control. They CANNOT control the fact that they will be destroyed just like God said they would be. While they are here, they will continue to steal, kill, destroy, murder and lie wherever they can. But they know that their time is limited. AND……now get this…….they also know that their power is limited. As a matter of fact, ALL of their power can be nullified.
Here is the most important point. You will NOT find anywhere in the scripture where ANY power was given to the devil over God’s creation and/or especially mankind. BUT, in Luke 10:19—NIV—Jesus declared, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” In Mark 16:17, Jesus describes the characteristics of a believer, “And these signs shall follow those that believe; In My name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.”
Jesus NEVER said for us to just sit back and let the devil lie to us, steal from us, kill us or destroy us in any way. Yet, that is what is happening to believers and non-believers alike. We see terror, hatred, and wholesale slaughter going on all over the world. People demand that politicians do something about it and they can’t. People take things into their own hands and here goes stealing, killing and destroying again.
Every born again believer has the ability to overthrow the kingdom of the devil. When we received Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the same Spirit that empowered Jesus to rise from the dead came to reside in us (Romans 8:11). Yet, we haven’t tapped the resources of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because we are too busy believing that what we see can’t be changed or stopped.
Jesus, and those that chose to believe on His name---changed Jesus haters into Jesus lovers and preachers of the gospel, cast demons out of spiritualists and mediums, healed hopeless cripples that were crippled from birth, prayed disciples out of jails, turned towns “upside down” for Jesus. Why? Because they believed that God had empowered them to change the way things were. They were NOT content to live the way that the devil said they had to live. They CHOSE to control the devil and not be controlled by doubt and fear. The CHOSE to rejoice in the Lord always. They CHOSE to pray without ceasing and to pray effectually and fervently.
They CHOSE……NOT……to live life the way that it was handed to them. They CHOSE to live….life and live it abundantly like Jesus said that He came to give them.
There are demonic forces stealing, killing and destroying mankind all over the earth. It is up to the Body of Christ all over the world to rise up out of its slumber and slothfulness and come against the spiritual forces of darkness. The devil doesn’t have power over us. We LET him steal, kill and destroy us. Let’s deny him that right and begin taking back the lives and the abundant life that rightfully belong to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Pray with me.
Father, in the name of Jesus, we bind those ungodly powers that are stealing from us and lying to us. We pray for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit to rise up inside of your people as we bind together as a mighty prayer army for you. We pray for every corner of the world to be filled with your power to overthrow the lying powers of darkness. Give us wisdom, understanding and courage to fight the good fight of faith to bring your body into the strength and power of the Holy Spirit. Open our eyes to the abilities that are dormant within us that You desire to empower. Help us to lay aside the things that divide us so we can come together in your power. As Jesus taught us, let Your kingdom come and let Your will be done on this earth as it is in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.