Authority Over the Enemy


Today is the first installment of our new series on “Unmasking the Enemy,” where we will be discussing authority over the enemy, which is the demonic realm ruled by Satan. I will be showing you Scriptures which prove that Christians have power over demons, and that we should not fear them. When Jesus was on this earth, He commanded His followers to cast out demons in His name. (Matthew 10:8) What God commands you to do, He enables you to do, because “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NASB)

If we have the power to cast them out, we should not be ruled by them either. I see so many Christians ensnared by the devil, and they refuse to see it. They are trapped in the grip of sin and its consequences, and the strongholds in their lives are enabled by their flesh which has fallen because they allowed the devil a foothold. When this happens, demons can oppress Christians and rule over them in specific areas of sin.

Authority Over the Enemy

If you belong to Christ, Satan no longer has power over you; you have power over him! Satan’s power over you has been taken away. Christ paid the penalty for our sin so that we cross from the domain of darkness into light (I Peter 2:9) You must understand your position of authority in Christ:

  • “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:15 NIV
  • “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 ESV
  • “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:57 ESV
  • “…that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14b NASB
  • “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!” Luke 10:17 ESV

It’s crucial for you to understand your authority in Christ over the enemy so that you can gain victory. This is the first in a series of 7 practical videos. Make sure you don’t miss the next installment in this series, “Satan’s Strategy: Deception.” You can keep up with my posts by following my Prayer page and subscribing to my monthly newsletter below.

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10 Responses to “Authority Over the Enemy”

  1. Beka says:

    I’m excited about this series! This is an area I need to learn more about. I know how important spiritual warfare is, but am usually a little scared to think about it much. The verses you shared are empowering!

  2. Thank goodness, Jesus gave us dominion over Satan and we can claim His victory!

    • Susan says:

      A lot of people live in defeat instead of victory because of a lack of knowledge. “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

  3. Andrea says:

    He gave us the power – it’s SO important that we actually use it!

  4. Olu Afolabi says:

    Great topic. Very relevant to the Christian life. I love the scriptures you used here, they are my favourites. Christ gave us victory and dominion over the enemy so that we can walk in that victory! Amen. Thanks for sharing Susan.

  5. Kristi says:

    It is true that there is a spiritual fight going on for our souls right now and many do not even realize it’s happening. We have to realize that Satan is still moving and working in so many ways to rip us away from God and all that He has for us.

    One of the greatest advantages that Satan has is that many do not believe that this struggle is still going on.

    • Susan says:

      That’s true. And it’s why we need to become educated about the struggle, so that we don’t inadvertently fall into his traps.

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