Jesus told us that we had authority over all the power of the enemy. This causes me to question our current church experience. If what the Lord said is true, then why does the enemy seem to be winning?
To understand this you must realize that just like electricity, there are two forms of spiritual power. Paul writes about one of these in his first letter to the Corinthian church.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:56-57
That should be an eye-opener. Most Christians have no idea that the power of sin is the law. We seem to have missed this fact even though it’s plainly taught in the Scripture. This means that without the law, sin would have no power.
The other source of spiritual power should be obvious to us.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
These were some of the last words of Jesus before He was taken up into Heaven. We must realize that our power comes from God Himself through the Holy Spirit in us. This means that the two sources of spiritual power are the Holy Spirit and sin.
That’s a very important fact to know if we’re to grow in our spiritual walk. Our goal should be to only receive our power from the Holy Spirit. We must be certain that we’re not powered by the same thing that powers the enemy’s kingdom.
As a matter of fact, Satan’s power is derived totally from sin. So if there were no law, then the enemy would have no power. Everything that Satan is able to do is powered by the law.
Whether you realize this or not, every accusation and attack that he makes are all based upon the law. The problem we have is that just knowing this truth isn’t enough to defeat him.
Like AC and DC electricity, both forms are very powerful. AC is the type of electricity that powers your house. DC is the type that starts your car in the morning as well as supplying power for the lightning we see in a thunderstorm. In the same way, the two forms of spiritual power can be very potent.
There are some important differences between the law and the Holy Spirit.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Literally, this verse says God is powerful enough to do everything you need according to His grace. In all things, at all times – this means that the power of the Holy Spirit is permanent, whereas the law is temporary.
If I base my walk on how well I follow the law, I’ll soon be in big trouble. Everything is fine while I’m at church, especially if I just went to the altar and repented. I go on my way feeling strong spiritually.
Then it happens, on my way to the car, I get into an argument. It all goes downhill from there. Now Satan has a basis for accusation again and I can feel my power dwindling.
On the other hand, I can base my spiritual walk on the Holy Spirit within me. I know that He’s always there. I can run to Him in all things, at all times, and I know that He’s able to meet my need no matter what. We, as believers, need to understand this truth so that we’ll not fall into the trap of trying to use the enemy’s power to defeat sin in our lives.
Question: How do we sometimes try to use our sinful nature to defeat sin in our lives?
© 2019 Nick Zaccardi