Saturday, April 5, 2014

He Is Stronger

Today's Bible readings are Deuteronomy 28:1-68, Luke 11:14-36, Psalm 77:1-20, & Proverbs 12:18

Luke 11:21-22
21 For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe— 22 until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.

Today I want to reveal a great truth to you that will change your life forever. It is a truth that the enemy tries very hard to get people from learning. Once people begin to learn this truth & apply it, satan loses all power of them. The truth is this—the enemy has been defeated!!!

When Jesus was teaching this day He opened up the truth to what He had come to do. Up to this point, satan had power over man. He was armed with great power over man. Satan had all kinds of tools & weapons that he used to dominate people. He used things like:

1.      Sin

2.      Sickness

3.      Demonic oppression

4.      Fear

5.      Poverty

He had great success in controlling & bullying people. He was a strong man who was guarding his palace. His palace was earth. His possessions were the contents of earth. That included people. He was in total charge of things & there was not much people could do to overpower him. It was a hopeless & helpless situation for mankind.

People experienced this in many ways. Some were oppressed by his dark demonic power. Others were dominated by sickness. Many were controlled by addiction & drunkenness. All were controlled by sin.

This all changed when Jesus came to earth. He came to destroy the work of the devil.

1 John 3:8

But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.

God was not going to sit by & watch satan destroy the lives of people that He loves. In deep love, God made a decision that would change it all forever. He sent His Son to pay the price of the one thing that gave the enemy the upper hand. He sent His Son to break the power of the enemy's kingdom so that man could reign free again, like they did in the Garden of Eden.

No longer would sin control people. No longer would shame cripple us. No longer would sickness dominate us with no hope of relief. No longer would demons oppress us & break us down. WHY??? Because a STRONGER MAN was going to break the chains, over throw the government, & release captives of satan’s kingdom.
Luke 11:21-22
21 For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe— 22 until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.

The forces of darkness knew they were in trouble when Jesus showed up on the scene. They knew that He was the real Commander & Chief.  The forces of darkness were in dismay when Jesus came. They knew that their kingdom, weapons, & possessions were all in jeopardy. Look at this example:

Mark 5:6-8

When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.”

This demon recognized & knew that it was in trouble. It knew that the STRONGER ONE was standing before him & that it’s time had come to relinquish its power. The devil thought that he could stop all this from happening if he could kill Jesus. So he worked through the evil in people’s heart to do that. He was relishing every moment as the beat & tortured the Christ on the way to Calvary. He was celebrating when the raised the cross & Jesus breathed in His last breath. He thought he had won this battle. He thought his kingdom was secured.

But 3 days later God gave the order for satan to release Jesus because He was an innocent man. Hell tried to fight this order. The ground shook. All of earth trembled. There was a great struggle in the depths BUT GOD CAME OUT THE VICTOR!!! Jesus stripped satan of his keys, took back all that satan had stolen, & completely overthrew satan’s kingdom in this great act of love!!!  Somebody needs to shout GLORY!!!

He then went to heaven & offered His own blood to God the Father as a payment for sin for all time. He not only broke the power & kingdom of satan but in this one act of love took away the sins of the world!!! What a Savior!

It is because of this act of love & what it has accomplished that satan has lost all power over you.

1.      Sin has no power of you in Christ.

2.      Sickness has no power over you in Christ.

3.      Death has no power over you in Christ.

4.      Drugs & alcohol have no power over you in Christ.

5.      Demons have no power over you in Christ.

You are FREE. There is nothing that satan can do to defeat you today if walk in the light of this great truth. The GREATER ONE lives in you.

1 John 4:4

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Let’s make sure that we allow the victory of the cross affect us today as we live our life for Christ. When the enemy tries to deceive you out of this victory that Christ has given you, remind him the truth that we have discussed this morning. The enemy has been defeated. Christ is victorious. We are in Christ so we are victorious too!!!

Pastor Richard Schlotter

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