LUKE 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and overall the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). Jesus didn’t give us power over Satan, but authority over his power. To be truthful, authority is greater than power. That’s a radical statement today. With all of the fitness magazines and karate movies, we are led to believe that we’ll have confidence in life when we have large muscles and great physical strength. This whole idea puts the emphasis in the wrong place.

Satan may be more powerful than us, but we have control over him. One demon was stronger than the seven sons of Sceva. Before the seven could reach the front door of the house, one demonized man overcame them, wounded them, and tore off all their clothes (Acts 19:16).

Jesus has given us authority through His name over all the strength of Satan and his kingdom. A policeman standing in an intersection simply raises his hand and traffic comes to a halt. He doesn’t have to be a big, muscular man. The cars, buses, and trucks are more powerful than the police officer and could easily run over him. Yet, the drivers of these powerful vehicles recognize the officer’s authority. They stop at a simple hand signal and go when he allows them to go. They know if they resist his authority, they’ll face the power.

The police officer simply calls the station and the police department will bring more officers, guns, and dogs if necessary to stop the lawbreaker. Power backs authority. When we as believers use the name of Jesus, all hell comes to a halt. We may not be big or physically strong, but Satan must stop. He knows if he runs over us, he’ll have to face the power—AGAIN. He faced it once, at the cross, and lost. Jesus has given us authority over all the power of Satan!

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