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3. 1 PETER 5:8-91 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV)8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Adversary means opponent; the devil is your opponent. He is seeking whom he may devour, that means he cannot simply devour anyone he wishes. This is the reason he is seeking those whom he can devour. Those who do not know they have authority over the devil are the ones he will devour. If he can devour everyone, then there is no need to seek. 
Peter wrote to Christians to resist the devil and be steadfast in their faith. 
1. Firstly we have authority over the devil to resist him. If we do not have, then we cannot resist him.
2. Secondly, when you resist the devil, he may persist to oppress you. For this reason, we resist him steadfastly; that means refuse to give in to the devil until he leaves and he must go. We have to resist him in faith; faith believes what we do not see. Faith is based on the Word of God, and the Word enables us to believe what we do not see. We may not see the devil leave immediately, but he must and will leave.
Every believer has the same authority as Peter or Paul to resist the devil. If we do not use our authority over the devil, we cannot resist him.
4. EPHESIANS 4:27Ephesians 4:27(AMP) Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]. 
This means that you are not to give the devil room, a foothold or an opportunity. He cannot devour you unless you give him the opportunity or foothold; unless you permit him. The devil is seeking those who permit him to devour them.
This verse infers you do have authority over him, else what it says is not true. If you do not have authority over the devil, he is able to take anything from you anytime; and you do not even have to give him a foothold, he will still take. However, we have the authority, and when we do not give the devil a foothold, he cannot come in and take what he likes; the devil cannot do what he wants with our lives.
We are to be established in this essential truth in our spirits, so that using our authority becomes natural for us. It should become like a ready tool in our hands to bind the devil, and to loose others from his power. This right to use the name of Jesus will also be essential for sending angels forth.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

3. 1 PETER 5:8-9

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV)
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.


Adversary means opponent; the devil is your opponent. He is seeking whom he may devour, that means he cannot simply devour anyone he wishes. This is the reason he is seeking those whom he can devour. Those who do not know they have authority over the devil are the ones he will devour. If he can devour everyone, then there is no need to seek. 


Peter wrote to Christians to resist the devil and be steadfast in their faith. 


1. Firstly we have authority over the devil to resist him. If we do not have, then we cannot resist him.

2. Secondly, when you resist the devil, he may persist to oppress you. For this reason, we resist him steadfastly; that means refuse to give in to the devil until he leaves and he must go. We have to resist him in faith; faith believes what we do not see. Faith is based on the Word of God, and the Word enables us to believe what we do not see. We may not see the devil leave immediately, but he must and will leave.


Every believer has the same authority as Peter or Paul to resist the devil. If we do not use our authority over the devil, we cannot resist him.


4. EPHESIANS 4:27

Ephesians 4:27(AMP) Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]. 


This means that you are not to give the devil room, a foothold or an opportunity. He cannot devour you unless you give him the opportunity or foothold; unless you permit him. The devil is seeking those who permit him to devour them.


This verse infers you do have authority over him, else what it says is not true. If you do not have authority over the devil, he is able to take anything from you anytime; and you do not even have to give him a foothold, he will still take. However, we have the authority, and when we do not give the devil a foothold, he cannot come in and take what he likes; the devil cannot do what he wants with our lives.


We are to be established in this essential truth in our spirits, so that using our authority becomes natural for us. It should become like a ready tool in our hands to bind the devil, and to loose others from his power. This right to use the name of Jesus will also be essential for sending angels forth.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

Firstly, for us to have spiritual authority over the devil in Jesus' Name, Jesus had to deliver us from his power and dominion. Henceforth the devil no longer has any dominion over us. 
Colossians 1:13 (KJV) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son …Since we are no longer under the kingdom of darkness, it means we are out of the dominion of the devil. We are now in the kingdom of Jesus Christ, His Son, where there is neither darkness nor demonic powers. We need to establish this in our spirits that we have this authority. Then using the authority Jesus has given us would become so natural. We need to study from the scriptures for our spirits to be deeply rooted in the truth. Four main scriptures prove authority is given to us by Jesus. 1. MATTHEW 28:18-20 Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. After Jesus died and rose again, He appeared to His apostles and gave them this commission. Jesus said all authority had been given to Him, and He immediately delegated it to the Church when He said, "Go". This is because the Church is on earth to carry out His authority. To release His power to destroy the works of the devil, as well as to set others free.
Jesus can only work through the Church; for He is the Head of the Church, and we are His body. Your head cannot exercise His authority anywhere except where the body is. Jesus gave His apostles the authority to preach, teach and make disciples.What kind of disciples does Jesus want? 
1. Jesus wants disciples who know He has given them spiritual authority. 
2. Jesus wants disciples who use their authority to destroy the works of the devil.2. JAMES 4:7James 4:7 (KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James says we are to submit to God's Word to resist the devil (submitting to God is to submit to His Word). If believers are under the dominion and authority of the devil, they will not be able to resist the devil. You have to have the authority and the power to resist the devil. When we use our right in Jesus' Name (our authority), the power of God will be released to resist the devil.
To resist means to stand your ground, oppose, make a stand and refuse to yield to the power of the devil. When we use the Name of Jesus, there is power to oppose the forces of the devil actively. We do not resist with our might but with the power of His might.
This scripture also proves that we have authority over the devil in Jesus' name. Else we cannot resist the devil. The verse does not say the devil will flee from Jesus but you. The word "flee" has the meaning that he flees from you as in terror, to run away, to disappear, or to move away quickly.It does not matter how you feel. You resist the devil by faith, and he must flee from you. Resist sickness and disease, oppression, temptations, and depression. These are all oppressions of the devil.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Firstly, for us to have spiritual authority over the devil in Jesus Name, Jesus had to deliver us from his power and dominion. Henceforth the devil no longer has any dominion over us. 

Colossians 1:13 (KJV) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son …


Since we are no longer under the kingdom of darkness, it means we are out of the dominion of the devil. We are now in the kingdom of Jesus Christ, His Son, where there is neither darkness nor demonic powers. We need to establish this in our spirits that we have this authority. Then using the authority Jesus has given us would become so natural. We need to study from the scriptures for our spirits to be deeply rooted in the truth. 

Four main scriptures prove authority is given to us by Jesus. 

1. MATTHEW 28:18-20 
Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. 


After Jesus died and rose again, He appeared to His apostles and gave them this commission. Jesus said all authority had been given to Him, and He immediately delegated it to the Church when He said, Go. This is because the Church is on earth to carry out His authority. To release His power to destroy the works of the devil, as well as to set others free.

Jesus can only work through the Church; for He is the Head of the Church, and we are His body. Your head cannot exercise His authority anywhere except where the body is. Jesus gave His apostles the authority to preach, teach and make disciples.


What kind of disciples does Jesus want? 

1. Jesus wants disciples who know He has given them spiritual authority. 

2. Jesus wants disciples who use their authority to destroy the works of the devil.


2. JAMES 4:7
James 4:7 (KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


James says we are to submit to Gods Word to resist the devil (submitting to God is to submit to His Word). If believers are under the dominion and authority of the devil, they will not be able to resist the devil. You have to have the authority and the power to resist the devil. When we use our right in Jesus Name (our authority), the power of God will be released to resist the devil.


To resist means to stand your ground, oppose, make a stand and refuse to yield to the power of the devil. When we use the Name of Jesus, there is power to oppose the forces of the devil actively. We do not resist with our might but with the power of His might.

This scripture also proves that we have authority over the devil in Jesus name. Else we cannot resist the devil. The verse does not say the devil will flee from Jesus but you. The word flee has the meaning that he flees from you as in terror, to run away, to disappear, or to move away quickly.

It does not matter how you feel. You resist the devil by faith, and he must flee from you. Resist sickness and disease, oppression, temptations, and depression. These are all oppressions of the devil.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father; He is no longer on earth. But the body of Christ is on earth. It belongs to the children of men. As a child of man, the earth (where I live and my nation) belongs to me. So I have the right to allow or disallow the works of the devil. Because Jesus is not here, He is not able to exercise His authority over the devil to destroy his works. Jesus can only do it through us (His body).Psalm 115:16 (NKJV) The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; but the earth He has given to the children of men.
Let me share with you the story of Jesus who appeared and spoke with Kenneth E. Hagin. During their conversation, a demon manifested itself to block Kenneth E. Hagin from hearing what Jesus was saying to him. The following story is taken from the book "The Believer's Authority" by Kenneth E. Hagin published by Faith Library Publications.THE DEMON JESUS COULD NOT DEAL WITH In 1952, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me in a vision and talked to me for about an hour and a half about the devil, demons, and demon possession. At the end of that vision, an evil spirit that looked like a little monkey or elf ran between Jesus and me and spread something like a smoke screen or dark cloud. Then this demon began jumping up and down, crying in a shrill voice, "Yakety-yak, yakety-yak, yakety-yak." I couldn't see Jesus or understand what He was saying. (Throughout this experience, Jesus was teaching me something. And if you'll be attentive, you'll find the answer here to many things that have troubled you.) I couldn't understand why Jesus allowed the demon to make such a racket. I wondered why Jesus didn't rebuke the demon so I could hear what He was saying. I waited a few moments, but Jesus didn't take any action against the demon. Jesus was still talking, but I couldn't understand a word He was saying - and I needed to, because He was giving instructions concerning the devil, demons, and how to exercise authority. I thought to myself, Doesn't the Lord know I'm not hearing what He wanted me to? I need to hear that. I'm missing it! I almost panicked. I became so desperate I cried out, "In the Name of Jesus, you foul spirit, I command you to stop!" The minute I said that, the little demon hit the floor like a sack of salt, and the black cloud disappeared. The demon lay there trembling, whimpering, and whining like a whipped pup. He wouldn't look at me. "Not only shut up, but get out of here in Jesus' Name!" I commanded. He ran off. The Lord knew exactly what was in my mind. I was thinking, Why didn't He do something about that? Why did He permit it? Jesus looked at me and said, "If you hadn't done something about that, I couldn't have." That came as a real shock to me - it astounded me. I replied, "Lord, I know I didn't hear You right! You said You wouldn't, didn't You?" He replied, "No, if you hadn't done something about that, I couldn't have." I went through this four times with Him. He was emphatic about it, saying, "No, I didn't say I would not, I said I could not." I said, "Now, dear Lord, I just can't accept that. I never heard or preached anything like that in my life!" In the vision, Kenneth E. Hagin asked the Lord Jesus to give him scriptures to back up what He had just told him, and Jesus gave him four scriptures to substantiate why He could not deal with the demons.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father; He is no longer on earth. But the body of Christ is on earth. It belongs to the children of men. As a child of man, the earth (where I live and my nation) belongs to me. So I have the right to allow or disallow the works of the devil. Because Jesus is not here, He is not able to exercise His authority over the devil to destroy his works. Jesus can only do it through us (His body).

Psalm 115:16 (NKJV) The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lords; but the earth He has given to the children of men.

Let me share with you the story of Jesus who appeared and spoke with Kenneth E. Hagin. During their conversation, a demon manifested itself to block Kenneth E. Hagin from hearing what Jesus was saying to him. The following story is taken from the book The Believers Authority by Kenneth E. Hagin published by Faith Library Publications.


THE DEMON JESUS COULD NOT DEAL WITH 

    In 1952, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me in a vision and talked to me for about an hour and a half about the devil, demons, and demon possession.
   
    At the end of that vision, an evil spirit that looked like a little monkey or elf ran between Jesus and me and spread something like a smoke screen or dark cloud.

    Then this demon began jumping up and down, crying in a shrill voice, Yakety-yak, yakety-yak, yakety-yak. I couldnt see Jesus or understand what He was saying. 
  
    (Throughout this experience, Jesus was teaching me something. And if youll be attentive, youll find the answer here to many things that have troubled you.)
  
    I couldnt understand why Jesus allowed the demon to make such a racket. I wondered why Jesus didnt rebuke the demon so I could hear what He was saying. I waited a few moments, but Jesus didnt take any action against the demon. Jesus was still talking, but I couldnt understand a word He was saying - and I needed to, because He was giving instructions concerning the devil, demons, and how to exercise authority.

    I thought to myself, Doesnt the Lord know Im not hearing what He wanted me to? I need to hear that. Im missing it!
 
    I almost panicked. I became so desperate I cried out, In the Name of Jesus, you foul spirit, I command you to stop!
  
    The minute I said that, the little demon hit the floor like a sack of salt, and the black cloud disappeared. The demon lay there trembling, whimpering, and whining like a whipped pup. He wouldnt look at me. Not only shut up, but get out of here in Jesus Name! I commanded. He ran off.
   
    The Lord knew exactly what was in my mind. I was thinking, Why didnt He do something about that? Why did He permit it? Jesus looked at me and said, If you hadnt done something about that, I couldnt have.
  
    That came as a real shock to me - it astounded me. I replied, Lord, I know I didnt hear You right! You said You wouldnt, didnt You?
  
    He replied, No, if you hadnt done something about that, I couldnt have.
   
    I went through this four times with Him. He was emphatic about it, saying, No, I didnt say I would not, I said I could not.
   
    I said, Now, dear Lord, I just cant accept that. I never heard or preached anything like that in my life!


 In the vision, Kenneth E. Hagin asked the Lord Jesus to give him scriptures to back up what He had just told him, and Jesus gave him four scriptures to substantiate why He could not deal with the demons.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

When we are seated with Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father, we are sitting in a position of authority. Paul prayed for the church - that the understanding of the believers be enlightened about the power that raised Christ from the dead. Paul desired that we understand this power, as it is the power of our authority. Where is the source of this power? It comes from Heaven’s throne, where the Father is. This power flows through us because we are seated at the right hand of the Father. Ephesians 2:4-7 (NIV)4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. God, by the Holy Spirit, raised Jesus from the dead and made us alive. The source of this power that raised Jesus comes from God’s throne. From His throne also flows to us His saving grace; by grace, we are saved. How does His grace save us? We are saved by the power that flows from His grace.God saved us by His grace so that we may know, in the ages to come, the incomparable riches of His grace. The Father’s love will express His grace to us in His goodness, kindness, and compassion. When God expresses His grace, we will encounter and experience His power. The power of the Father’s love is the source of our authority. In other words, when we use the authority that is given to us in the Name of Jesus, we release the power of the Father’s love by His grace. This power is the same power that raised Christ from the dead. The power of the Father’s love flows through Jesus Christ seated at the Father’s right hand. All the power of God flows through Jesus Christ. And Jesus has given us the authority to go and do the works of the ministry in His Name, and to destroy the works of the devil. Even though we are seated with Christ, but as His body, we are still on earth. We have the authority here on earth to bind and destroy the works of the devil. If we do not use the authority given to us and release the power of the Holy Ghost, it will not be released, and the works of the devil will be rampant (you can see this in some nations). This is because the earth belongs to every son of man (believer and non-believer).Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

When we are seated with Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father, we are sitting in a position of authority. Paul prayed for the church - that the understanding of the believers be enlightened about the power that raised Christ from the dead. Paul desired that we understand this power, as it is the power of our authority. 

Where is the source of this power? It comes from Heaven’s throne, where the Father is. This power flows through us because we are seated at the right hand of the Father. 

Ephesians 2:4-7 (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 
5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. 
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 
7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 

God, by the Holy Spirit, raised Jesus from the dead and made us alive. The source of this power that raised Jesus comes from God’s throne. From His throne also flows to us His saving grace; by grace, we are saved. How does His grace save us? We are saved by the power that flows from His grace.

God saved us by His grace so that we may know, in the ages to come, the incomparable riches of His grace. The Father’s love will express His grace to us in His goodness, kindness, and compassion. When God expresses His grace, we will encounter and experience His power. 

The power of the Father’s love is the source of our authority. In other words, when we use the authority that is given to us in the Name of Jesus, we release the power of the Father’s love by His grace. This power is the same power that raised Christ from the dead. 

The power of the Father’s love flows through Jesus Christ seated at the Father’s right hand. All the power of God flows through Jesus Christ. And Jesus has given us the authority to go and do the works of the ministry in His Name, and to destroy the works of the devil. 

Even though we are seated with Christ, but as His body, we are still on earth. We have the authority here on earth to bind and destroy the works of the devil. 

If we do not use the authority given to us and release the power of the Holy Ghost, it will not be released, and the works of the devil will be rampant (you can see this in some nations). This is because the earth belongs to every son of man (believer and non-believer).

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

Luke 10:19 (NKJV) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.Serpents and scorpions represent demonic spirits. Jesus' disciples have been given authority to step on serpents and scorpions; that means they will have to come under the feet of every believer. These demonic powers submit to you because Jesus has given you the authority. All the powers of the enemy have to submit to you and cannot harm you. Authority means delegated power. There is power that comes with authority. God's power comes with our authority.To the believer who thoroughly understands that it is the power of God backing him, he can exercise his authority and face the enemy (demonic spirits) fearlessly. When Jesus gave us His Name to use against the devil, and to bind him, Jesus has in fact, given us His authority. Kenneth E. Hagin shared this in his book "THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY": 
Policemen who direct traffic during the rush hour just need to raise their hands, and the cars would stop. These men do not have the physical power to stop the cars if the drivers choose not to. And they do not use their strength to stop the traffic. It is because they are strong in the authority that is invested in them by the government they serve. People recognise that authority and stop their cars. KENNETH E HAGIN'S TESTIMONY: In 1942, while pastoring in East Texas, I had a test in my body. I didn't tell anyone about it except the Lord. I prayed and believed He would hear me. Then I stood my ground. In the nighttime, I would be awakened with alarming heart symptoms, and I would get up and pray. I battled that thing for about six weeks. One night I had great difficulty in getting to sleep. Finally, after praying, I drifted off, and I had a dream. I am satisfied that God has spoken to me only four times in my life through dreams, but a dream like this one was no coincidence. It was from the Lord. When I woke up, I knew immediately what it meant. (If you don't know the meaning of a dream immediately, forget it.)
 In this dream, it seems that another minister and I were walking on some kind of parade ground or ball field. There were stands on either side of us. As we were walking along talking, the man jumped and exclaimed, "Look!" 
 I turned and saw two ferocious, roaring lions. The man started running. I started running with him. Then I stopped and told him we were too far away from the stands to reach safety. We'd never escape those lions.
 I stopped dead still, turned around, and went back to meet the lions. They came toward me with their fangs bared, roaring. 
 I was trembling. I told them, "I resist you in the Name of Jesus. In Jesus' Name, you can't hurt me." I just stood there. They ran right up to me like a couple of kittens, sniffed around my ankles, and finally frolicked off, paying no attention to me. 
 Then I woke up. I knew exactly what God was saying to me. The Scripture in First Peter 5 came to me. It says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seekng whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith…." (v. 8,9). 
 The physical battle I had been battling was won right then. Instantly the symptoms disappeared, and I was all right. I had to stand my ground. I wouldn't give in. I had won.Jesus has given us the authority to trample over every demonic power. Satan and all the demons must submit to the Name of Jesus. When we use the Name of Jesus to command them, they must obey because the power of God is behind the authority that we have in Jesus' Name.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Luke 10:19 (NKJV) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.


Serpents and scorpions represent demonic spirits. Jesus disciples have been given authority to step on serpents and scorpions; that means they will have to come under the feet of every believer. These demonic powers submit to you because Jesus has given you the authority. All the powers of the enemy have to submit to you and cannot harm you. Authority means delegated power. There is power that comes with authority. Gods power comes with our authority.


To the believer who thoroughly understands that it is the power of God backing him, he can exercise his authority and face the enemy (demonic spirits) fearlessly. When Jesus gave us His Name to use against the devil, and to bind him, Jesus has in fact, given us His authority. 


Kenneth E. Hagin shared this in his book THE BELIEVERS AUTHORITY: 


Policemen who direct traffic during the rush hour just need to raise their hands, and the cars would stop. These men do not have the physical power to stop the cars if the drivers choose not to. And they do not use their strength to stop the traffic. It is because they are strong in the authority that is invested in them by the government they serve. People recognise that authority and stop their cars. 


KENNETH E HAGINS TESTIMONY: 

    In 1942, while pastoring in East Texas, I had a test in my body. I didnt tell anyone about it except the Lord. I prayed and believed He would hear me. Then I stood my ground. 
    In the nighttime, I would be awakened with alarming heart symptoms, and I would get up and pray. I battled that thing for about six weeks. 
    One night I had great difficulty in getting to sleep. Finally, after praying, I drifted off, and I had a dream. I am satisfied that God has spoken to me only four times in my life through dreams, but a dream like this one was no coincidence. It was from the Lord. When I woke up, I knew immediately what it meant. (If you dont know the meaning of a dream immediately, forget it.)

    In this dream, it seems that another minister and I were walking on some kind of parade ground or ball field. There were stands on either side of us. As we were walking along talking, the man jumped and exclaimed, Look! 

    I turned and saw two ferocious, roaring lions. The man started running. I started running with him. Then I stopped and told him we were too far away from the stands to reach safety. Wed never escape those lions.

    I stopped dead still, turned around, and went back to meet the lions. They came toward me with their fangs bared, roaring. 

    I was trembling. I told them, I resist you in the Name of Jesus. In Jesus Name, you cant hurt me. I just stood there. They ran right up to me like a couple of kittens, sniffed around my ankles, and finally frolicked off, paying no attention to me. 

    Then I woke up. I knew exactly what God was saying to me. The Scripture in First Peter 5 came to me. It says, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seekng whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith…. (v. 8,9). 

    The physical battle I had been battling was won right then. Instantly the symptoms disappeared, and I was all right. I had to stand my ground. I wouldnt give in. I had won.

Jesus has given us the authority to trample over every demonic power. Satan and all the demons must submit to the Name of Jesus. When we use the Name of Jesus to command them, they must obey because the power of God is behind the authority that we have in Jesus Name.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

Luke 10:19 (NKJV) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.Serpents and scorpions represent demonic spirits. Jesus' disciples have been given authority to step on serpents and scorpions; that means they will have to come under the feet of every believer. These demonic powers submit to you because Jesus has given you the authority. All the powers of the enemy have to submit to you and cannot harm you. Authority means delegated power. There is power that comes with authority. God's power comes with our authority.To the believer who thoroughly understands that it is the power of God backing him, he can exercise his authority and face the enemy (demonic spirits) fearlessly. When Jesus gave us His Name to use against the devil, and to bind him, Jesus has in fact, given us His authority. Kenneth E. Hagin shared this in his book "THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY": Policemen who direct traffic during the rush hour just need to raise their hands, and the cars would stop. These men do not have the physical power to stop the cars if the drivers choose not to. And they do not use their strength to stop the traffic. It is because they are strong in the authority that is invested in them by the government they serve. People recognise that authority and stop their cars. KENNNETH E HAGIN'S TESTIMONY: In 1942, while pastoring in East Texas, I had a test in my body. I didn't tell anyone about it except the Lord. I prayed and believed He would hear me. Then I stood my ground. In the nighttime, I would be awakened with alarming heart symptoms, and I would get up and pray. I battled that thing for about six weeks. One night I had great difficulty in getting to sleep. Finally, after praying, I drifted off, and I had a dream. I am satisfied that God has spoken to me only four times in my life through dreams, but a dream like this one was no coincidence. It was from the Lord. When I woke up, I knew immediately what it meant. (If you don't know the meaning of a dream immediately, forget it.)
 In this dream, it seems that another minister and I were walking on some kind of parade ground or ball field. There were stands on either side of us. As we were walking along talking, the man jumped and exclaimed, "Look!" 
 I turned and saw two ferocious, roaring lions. The man started running. I started running with him. Then I stopped and told him we were too far away from the stands to reach safety. We'd never escape those lions.
 I stopped dead still, turned around, and went back to meet the lions. They came toward me with their fangs bared, roaring. 
 I was trembling. I told them, "I resist you in the Name of Jesus. In Jesus' Name, you can't hurt me." I just stood there. They ran right up to me like a couple of kittens, sniffed around my ankles, and finally frolicked off, paying no attention to me. 
 Then I woke up. I knew exactly what God was saying to me. The Scripture in First Peter 5 came to me. It says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seekng whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith…." (v. 8,9). 
 The physical battle I had been battling was won right then. Instantly the symptoms disappeared, and I was all right. I had to stand my ground. I wouldn't give in. I had won.Jesus has given us the authority to trample over every demonic power. Satan and all the demons must submit to the Name of Jesus. When we use the Name of Jesus to command them, they must obey because the power of God is behind the authority that we have in Jesus' Name.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Luke 10:19 (NKJV) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.


Serpents and scorpions represent demonic spirits. Jesus disciples have been given authority to step on serpents and scorpions; that means they will have to come under the feet of every believer. These demonic powers submit to you because Jesus has given you the authority. All the powers of the enemy have to submit to you and cannot harm you. Authority means delegated power. There is power that comes with authority. Gods power comes with our authority.


To the believer who thoroughly understands that it is the power of God backing him, he can exercise his authority and face the enemy (demonic spirits) fearlessly. When Jesus gave us His Name to use against the devil, and to bind him, Jesus has in fact, given us His authority. 


Kenneth E. Hagin shared this in his book THE BELIEVERS AUTHORITY: 


Policemen who direct traffic during the rush hour just need to raise their hands, and the cars would stop. These men do not have the physical power to stop the cars if the drivers choose not to. And they do not use their strength to stop the traffic. It is because they are strong in the authority that is invested in them by the government they serve. People recognise that authority and stop their cars. 


KENNNETH E HAGINS TESTIMONY: 

    In 1942, while pastoring in East Texas, I had a test in my body. I didnt tell anyone about it except the Lord. I prayed and believed He would hear me. Then I stood my ground. 
   
    In the nighttime, I would be awakened with alarming heart symptoms, and I would get up and pray. I battled that thing for about six weeks. 

    One night I had great difficulty in getting to sleep. Finally, after praying, I drifted off, and I had a dream. I am satisfied that God has spoken to me only four times in my life through dreams, but a dream like this one was no coincidence. It was from the Lord. When I woke up, I knew immediately what it meant. (If you dont know the meaning of a dream immediately, forget it.)

    In this dream, it seems that another minister and I were walking on some kind of parade ground or ball field. There were stands on either side of us. As we were walking along talking, the man jumped and exclaimed, Look! 

    I turned and saw two ferocious, roaring lions. The man started running. I started running with him. Then I stopped and told him we were too far away from the stands to reach safety. Wed never escape those lions.

    I stopped dead still, turned around, and went back to meet the lions. They came toward me with their fangs bared, roaring. 

    I was trembling. I told them, I resist you in the Name of Jesus. In Jesus Name, you cant hurt me. I just stood there. They ran right up to me like a couple of kittens, sniffed around my ankles, and finally frolicked off, paying no attention to me. 

    Then I woke up. I knew exactly what God was saying to me. The Scripture in First Peter 5 came to me. It says, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seekng whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith…. (v. 8,9). 

    The physical battle I had been battling was won right then. Instantly the symptoms disappeared, and I was all right. I had to stand my ground. I wouldnt give in. I had won.

Jesus has given us the authority to trample over every demonic power. Satan and all the demons must submit to the Name of Jesus. When we use the Name of Jesus to command them, they must obey because the power of God is behind the authority that we have in Jesus Name.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

The SECOND KINGDOM - THE NATURAL
Luke 4:5-8 (NKJV) 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”The devil has the authority to rule and reign over all the kingdoms of the world. The devil is a spirit, and rules in the spiritual realm; he influences all the demonic spirits in the spirit realm. Another scripture proves that.2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.The devil is also called the god of this world. He is the ruler, and has dominion over this world. He influences humanity for evil. He not only blinds the unbeliever to the gospel but many things in this world as well. Even though there are natural kingdoms (or countries) ruled by kings, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers, it is the devil who seeks to influence them, and rules and reigns over these nations or kingdoms through their leaders. The spiritual kingdom influences the natural kingdom. The devil has the authority to rule over the spiritual kingdom, which in turn affects the natural kingdom. THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER
As Christians, we have been given the right to use the Name of Jesus to bind, forbid, or disallow the devil from using his authority to influence the natural kingdom. We use the Name of Jesus to take authority over every demonic power that tries to influence the natural kingdom or nation. The Name of Jesus will stop every work of the devil.
The church must come together in united prayer, praying in unknown tongues, praying the prayer of supplication for our nations and all those in authority. The prayers of the church, especially in unknown tongues, will release tremendous power, dynamic in its working to push back every force of darkness, every power of the devil from influencing people to do harm. As a church, we are to deal not with the natural, but with the spiritual forces in the spirit realm. We have the authority given to us in Jesus’ Name to deal with demonic powers from taking dominion over other people’s lives.
Mark 16:17 (KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues …Use this authority for the betterment of humanity in our neighbourhoods and nations.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The SECOND KINGDOM - THE NATURAL


Luke 4:5-8 (NKJV) 
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 
6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 
7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”


The devil has the authority to rule and reign over all the kingdoms of the world. The devil is a spirit, and rules in the spiritual realm; he influences all the demonic spirits in the spirit realm. Another scripture proves that.


2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.


The devil is also called the god of this world. He is the ruler, and has dominion over this world. He influences humanity for evil. He not only blinds the unbeliever to the gospel but many things in this world as well. 

Even though there are natural kingdoms (or countries) ruled by kings, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers, it is the devil who seeks to influence them, and rules and reigns over these nations or kingdoms through their leaders. 

The spiritual kingdom influences the natural kingdom. The devil has the authority to rule over the spiritual kingdom, which in turn affects the natural kingdom. 


THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER


As Christians, we have been given the right to use the Name of Jesus to bind, forbid, or disallow the devil from using his authority to influence the natural kingdom. We use the Name of Jesus to take authority over every demonic power that tries to influence the natural kingdom or nation. The Name of Jesus will stop every work of the devil.


The church must come together in united prayer, praying in unknown tongues, praying the prayer of supplication for our nations and all those in authority. The prayers of the church, especially in unknown tongues, will release tremendous power, dynamic in its working to push back every force of darkness, every power of the devil from influencing people to do harm. 


As a church, we are to deal not with the natural, but with the spiritual forces in the spirit realm. We have the authority given to us in Jesus’ Name to deal with demonic powers from taking dominion over other people’s lives.


Mark 16:17 (KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues …


Use this authority for the betterment of humanity in our neighbourhoods and nations.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

Luke 4:1–4 (NKJV)1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.3 And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."4 But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"Jesus began His ministry with being led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. This version of the account of Jesus in the wilderness did not state that the Holy Spirit led Jesus to be tempted by Satan. Well, God the Holy Spirit, will not lead anyone for Satan to tempt him or her. Being in the wilderness, naturally, Jesus could have been tempted because the devil is the god of this world and the whole world is under the oppression of the devil, and his power of temptation is everywhere on this earth. After forty days of not having anything to eat, the first voice He heard was not the Father's but the devil's. When the devil spoke to Jesus three times, Jesus answered by quoting the Word of God.Without food for forty days, Jesus' weakest link was His flesh. The first thing the devil did was tempt His flesh.THE FIRST KINGDOM -THE SPIRITUAL Luke 4:5-8 (NKJV) 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours."8 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'"At that moment, how was the devil (Satan) able to show Jesus, who was living on earth in the natural body, all the kingdoms of the world? It had to be the spiritual kingdom that the devil showed Jesus in the realm of the spirit. The devil did not show Jesus a natural kingdom; Jesus did not see a natural kingdom. There is no way for a person to see all of the natural kingdoms with His physical eyes in a moment; it had to be a spiritual kingdom in the spirit realm. Another reason it must have been a spiritual vision that Jesus saw is that the devil took Him on a high mountain. On a physical mountain, Jesus would not have been able to see all the kingdoms of the world. It had to be a figure of speech; it was a spiritual mountain. Furthermore, the devil would not be able to lead Jesus to go up a physical mountain; else, Jesus would have been led by the devil. Jesus would not follow the leading of the devil, for sure, because He was perfect, and He still is.Jesus laid aside all His glory and the power to live as the Son of man on earth. He was neither all-knowing nor all-powerful at that time. Satan (the devil) could choose to reveal to Jesus what he wanted Him to see. It was because Jesus was in human form. As humans, whenever we see something in the realm of the spirit, it does not mean that it is always from God. We need to judge it with the Word as Jesus did; Jesus said, "you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve." And we also judge it by the inner witness of the Holy Spirit who will bear witness with our spirits.The next thing the devil told Jesus was that he would give Him the authority to rule over these spiritual kingdoms. This word "authority" means "the authority to rule and reign." In other words, the devil (a spirit) said he would give Jesus the spiritual authority to rule over all the spiritual kingdoms of the world. 
Notice also that this spiritual authority to rule over all the kingdoms had been delivered into the devil's hand. Who gave it to him? Adam had the original dominion over the earth and the air and beneath the sea, but when he sinned, he delivered the authority over to Satan. Spiritual kingdoms and the authority to rule over all these kingdoms are in the devil's hand. Satan is the ruler over all the spiritual kingdoms of this world. It is the spiritual kingdom that influences the natural kingdom to rule and reign over them.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Luke 4:1–4 (NKJV)
1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 
2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
3 And the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.
4 But Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.


Jesus began His ministry with being led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. This version of the account of Jesus in the wilderness did not state that the Holy Spirit led Jesus to be tempted by Satan. Well, God the Holy Spirit, will not lead anyone for Satan to tempt him or her. Being in the wilderness, naturally, Jesus could have been tempted because the devil is the god of this world and the whole world is under the oppression of the devil, and his power of temptation is everywhere on this earth. 


After forty days of not having anything to eat, the first voice He heard was not the Fathers but the devils. When the devil spoke to Jesus three times, Jesus answered by quoting the Word of God.


Without food for forty days, Jesus weakest link was His flesh. The first thing the devil did was tempt His flesh.

THE FIRST KINGDOM -THE SPIRITUAL 

Luke 4:5-8 (NKJV) 
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 
6 And the devil said to Him, All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 
7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.


At that moment, how was the devil (Satan) able to show Jesus, who was living on earth in the natural body, all the kingdoms of the world? It had to be the spiritual kingdom that the devil showed Jesus in the realm of the spirit. The devil did not show Jesus a natural kingdom; Jesus did not see a natural kingdom. There is no way for a person to see all of the natural kingdoms with His physical eyes in a moment; it had to be a spiritual kingdom in the spirit realm. 


Another reason it must have been a spiritual vision that Jesus saw is that the devil took Him on a high mountain. On a physical mountain, Jesus would not have been able to see all the kingdoms of the world. It had to be a figure of speech; it was a spiritual mountain. Furthermore, the devil would not be able to lead Jesus to go up a physical mountain; else, Jesus would have been led by the devil. Jesus would not follow the leading of the devil, for sure, because He was perfect, and He still is.


Jesus laid aside all His glory and the power to live as the Son of man on earth. He was neither all-knowing nor all-powerful at that time. Satan (the devil) could choose to reveal to Jesus what he wanted Him to see. It was because Jesus was in human form. 


As humans, whenever we see something in the realm of the spirit, it does not mean that it is always from God. We need to judge it with the Word as Jesus did; Jesus said, you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve. And we also judge it by the inner witness of the Holy Spirit who will bear witness with our spirits.


The next thing the devil told Jesus was that he would give Him the authority to rule over these spiritual kingdoms. This word authority means the authority to rule and reign. In other words, the devil (a spirit) said he would give Jesus the spiritual authority to rule over all the spiritual kingdoms of the world. 

Notice also that this spiritual authority to rule over all the kingdoms had been delivered into the devils hand. Who gave it to him? Adam had the original dominion over the earth and the air and beneath the sea, but when he sinned, he delivered the authority over to Satan. 


Spiritual kingdoms and the authority to rule over all these kingdoms are in the devils hand. Satan is the ruler over all the spiritual kingdoms of this world. It is the spiritual kingdom that influences the natural kingdom to rule and reign over them.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

Isaiah 45:7 (KJV) I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.The word ‘evil’ when translated into Hebrew also conveys a sense of calamity, i.e., an event resulting in significant loss and misfortune. Other Bible versions also translate evil as a calamity in this verse.This verse seems to reveal that it was God who created evil or calamity in the Old Covenant. However, if you study creation in the book of Genesis, you will realise that God did not create the darkness. Since God is the same both in the Old and New Covenant, then God would not have created evil and calamity in the New Covenant; in the dispensation of grace.Romans 12:9 (NIV) Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.The Holy Spirit impressed Paul to say to hate what is evil and to hold fast to what is good; hence it is impossible for God (the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost) to create evil or calamity (an event resulting in great loss and misfortune). God is not a shifting shadow who varies with time; He is constant.1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NIV) reject every kind of evil.This Word from God says to reject every kind of evil, so it would not have been God who created evil, to begin with. It is from Satan, the inventor of evil. God is far greater and higher than Satan; He does not need to use Satan’s evil (Satan’s weapon) to accomplish anything on earth. God only needs to speak a Word, and things will be accomplished. 3 John 11 (NIV) Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.If God created evil, then when we see God, we will see evil and will do evil, if it came from Him in the first place. But John said not to imitate what is evil but what is good instead because everything good is of God and from God. Anyone who does evil has not seen God but has seen the devil. Thus in Isaiah 45:7, it is not correct to read that it is the Lord who created evil and all the evil things. The problem must be with the Hebrew language. Please read my earlier article “The Permissive Providence of God.” This article explains that it was not God who created evil or did evil, but it was God who permitted those events of evil or calamity.We must always use Scriptures to interpret events, situations, or circumstances, and not use them to interpret God. We must also not use the Old Testament to interpret the New Testament because there is more light in the New than the Old. God has never created evil ever.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Isaiah 45:7 (KJV) I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

The word ‘evil’ when translated into Hebrew also conveys a sense of calamity, i.e., an event resulting in significant loss and misfortune. Other Bible versions also translate evil as a calamity in this verse.

This verse seems to reveal that it was God who created evil or calamity in the Old Covenant. However, if you study creation in the book of Genesis, you will realise that God did not create the darkness. Since God is the same both in the Old and New Covenant, then God would not have created evil and calamity in the New Covenant; in the dispensation of grace.

Romans 12:9 (NIV) Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

The Holy Spirit impressed Paul to say to hate what is evil and to hold fast to what is good; hence it is impossible for God (the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost) to create evil or calamity (an event resulting in great loss and misfortune). God is not a shifting shadow who varies with time; He is constant.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NIV) reject every kind of evil.

This Word from God says to reject every kind of evil, so it would not have been God who created evil, to begin with. It is from Satan, the inventor of evil. God is far greater and higher than Satan; He does not need to use Satan’s evil (Satan’s weapon) to accomplish anything on earth. God only needs to speak a Word, and things will be accomplished. 

3 John 11 (NIV) Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

If God created evil, then when we see God, we will see evil and will do evil, if it came from Him in the first place. But John said not to imitate what is evil but what is good instead because everything good is of God and from God. Anyone who does evil has not seen God but has seen the devil. 

Thus in Isaiah 45:7, it is not correct to read that it is the Lord who created evil and all the evil things. The problem must be with the Hebrew language. Please read my earlier article “The Permissive Providence of God.” This article explains that it was not God who created evil or did evil, but it was God who permitted those events of evil or calamity.

We must always use Scriptures to interpret events, situations, or circumstances, and not use them to interpret God. We must also not use the Old Testament to interpret the New Testament because there is more light in the New than the Old. 

God has never created evil ever.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread
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