June 17, 2006
We have the Power
He said "behold, I give unto you power" Look at that. It's in your Bible, Luke 10:19.
Luk 10:19 Behold, I
give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of
the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
The word power is used twice in this verse by the Lord. BUT in the original Greek manuscript from which the translation
was taken, there are two different words used here, two different meanings. The first is the power the Lord gives the church.
It is the Greek Word "exousia" probably where the word "exorcist" derived from. It means "privilege, force, capacity,
freedom, and mastery, superhuman, potentate, token of control, delegated influence, authority, liberty, strength and power."
The Lord has delegated his influence and power to the church OVER the devil and his works. Do we believe this? Have we
stopped to consider it? Have we taken time to look around us and consider those we say we love that are bound and in darkness,
and on their way to hell? Irregardless of their personality, character flaws or not, all souls are precious in the sight of
God. Sin manifests in many ways, some more attractive than others. But all equally deadly. I must confess I have allowed an
overwhelming sense of despair and inadequacy to come over me when I did this. But LOVE and FAITH mixed together demand a different
response from me now. There is HOPE. His name is Jesus Christ. His word is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE that is needed
for everyone. All of the problems in the world piled on one side of the scale are not comparable with the strength and power
of God on the other side. Power. What kind of power is the Lord talking about here?
Thayer's Greek Definitions says it this way:
Thayer Definition: (only the applicable to this are included:)
1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases
2) physical and mental power: the ability or strength with which one is endued , which he either possesses
3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
4) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)
4c1) a thing subject to authority or rule; jurisdiction
4c2) one who possesses authority; the sign of regal authority, a crown
I have a choice. I can choose to do nothing and by default let the devil keep wrecking lives around me. Or I can stand
on the Word of God, get prayed up, read up, and arm myself with the mind of Christ, and seek God’s direction and instruction
on how to war against this enemy that is wreaking so much havoc. He’s written the instruction in his word. I just need
Divine Help understanding and learning how to appropriate and apply it to NOW.
Okay. The second word for power used here is this and it's the one I commonly hear referred to. "Dunamis" It means "force,
miraculous power, ability, abundance, might, strength, violence, mighty work." This is not the same kind of power. Sometimes
they work hand in hand, as when they are used to describe the power of the Holy Ghost working in the church for the saving
and deliverance of the lost. BUT when the second kind of power wielded by the enemy comes against the first kind of power-who
wins? THE FIRST.
Thayer Definition:G1411 dunamis
1) strength power, ability
1a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
1b) power for performing miracles
1c) moral power and excellence of soul
1d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
1e) power and resources arising from numbers
1f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts
So what did Jesus really say here? Do we understand what he meant? Do I? Lord, open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous
things out of thy law! It seems to me he said,
"See, I commit, offer, put in your hands the privilege, the mastery, authority, power, strength, against, on, over, and
toward all the strength and power of the adversary, who is actively hostile to the plans and purposes of the soul.”
So what was the power for? To tread on serpents and scorpions, first of all.
He gave us the authority to trample under
foot, to walk on serpents, and this is what the word "ophis" for serpents in the original Greek means as used here: a snake,
(as a type of sly cunning) an artful, malicious person, especially SATAN: a serpent. (Strong's Greek Definitions, G3789 if
you want to double check this for yourself-which you should so the Holy Spirit can make it real to your heart as truth, not
just the "opinion" of someone you may or may not know.)
Power to tread on serpents and scorpions. Scorpions? This is referring to the sting, the piercing of the scorpion. And nothing shall by any means hurt you. Now, when I dug into this one,
it wasn't what I expected. The word used here for hurt, (G91 adikeo, (Strong's, Thayer's) means "to act unjustly, wickedly
or sin, to be a criminal or violate the laws, to do wrong, to hurt, damage or harm, be an offender, be, do, suffer (allow
or endure) or take wrong. Pause a moment and let that digest. In other words, if you are exercising the authority given you
by the Lord Jesus Christ over the power of the enemy, you will not be acting unjustly or wickedly yourself, you will not be
hurting others or violating laws, or doing wrong. And nothing behaving unjustly, wickedly, or sinful will hurt you. No power
of hell can prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ who knows her Lord, and is submitted to him, and walking in his Truth,
as a sister in my church says, “going forth with the Gospel, armed and dangerous ” Church, I feel an urge to pray
and seek more of God and load up the ammunition, and wait for God to send us forth, “armed and dangerous”. To
seek his face and examine my heart, and make sure there is nothing polluted or unclean lurking in there. Remember, he said
pray the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth the laborers into the harvest-pray as we arm ourselves, with his truth,
and with the assurance of who we are in him, and confident in his love for us, that he will direct our steps and give us boldness
to bring to him those around us, to teach us how to lead those around us gently, to him. He knows who is ready and I do not.
I do know I am sick of seeing those I love tormented and plagued by the devil who has them bound!!!!!!!!!
Jer 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
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