You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent (dragon in the KJV) you will trample down.
HERE IN VERSE THIRTEEN God transitions to another topic. He takes us from the subject of our being protected by Him, and puts emphasis on the authority in His Name that has been given to us as believers. Make a note of the corresponding New Testament Scripture that deals with the authority that has been given to us:
Behold, I [Jesus] have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you. –Luke 10:19
We, as Christians, have been given authority over the enemy. He does not have authority over us! We need to take the time to allow that fact to soak in! However, our authority over the enemy is not automatic.
My husband says that too many Christians take authority when they should be praying, and they pray when they should be taking authority! For the most part Jesus prayed at night and took authority all day. When we encounter the enemy—that is not the time to start praying. We need to be already “prayed up”. When we encounter the enemy, we need to be speaking forth the authority that we have in the Name of Jesus.
If a gunman suddenly faced you, would you be confident enough in your authority that you could boldly declare, “I am in Covenant with the Living God, and I have a Blood Covering that protects me from anything that you might attempt to do. So, in the Name of Jesus, I command you to put down that gun!”?
If we do not have that kind of courage, then we need to meditate on the authority Scriptures until we become confident in who we are in Christ. At new birth we immediately have enough power placed at our disposal to tread upon the enemy without being harmed. Most Christians, however, either do not know it, or they fail to use it. How often do we believe the Word enough to act on it?
-Peggy Joyce Ruth
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