God always was and is still the Ultimate Authority: “In the beginning: GOD.” He is “the MOST HIGH OVER ALL THE EARTH” (Gen. 1:1 and Ps. 83:18b). Then comes man: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26).
The devil himself was named Lucifer (light-bearer) in the beginning. God created Lucifer as an angel of light. Light makes things grow. Things are made clear in the light. They’re illuminated physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This mighty angel, Lucifer, was to illuminate things for mankind, but he was never supposed to have authority over us. He, like other angels, was supposed to help God by helping us.
God gave angels, like humanity, the freedom of will, and they could abuse it just like humans do.
Lucifer didn’t like the idea of being subservient to God or to humans. He became blinded by his own light and thought He could be greater than his creator. In this act, he began to destroy himself.
Isaiah 14 tells us Lucifer’s story:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Is. 14: 12-14)
To “sit upon the mount of the congregation” means to sit at the top, above all beings and judge them. (See Ps. 82:1 and Ps. 75:2.) Lucifer liked that idea—to be the bully on the throne and judge as he pleased. He craved that position and the power.
But God couldn’t let him have it. There’s only one God above all else, the God of the Bible. Lucifer turned against God, so he basically threw himself out of God’s presence. He was tossed out of heaven and no longer had the name Lucifer, because now his light was darkness. Any light he gave would only be a counterfeit of the true light. He could no longer be called “light,” but instead, he was called Satan or the Devil:
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
“[But] woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Rev. 12:9, 12).
Satan, being tossed to the earth, quickly tricked Adam out of having authority over the earth. God had to send Jesus, a perfect man, to get it back for us. Jesus overcame the devil in areas where Adam did not, thus taking back humanity’s dominion on the earth. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8b).
So where is the devil now? He would like us to believe that he is still running things; and for those who let him, he will continue to do so. But legally he has no authority. He is a liar and a divider.
Just like Satan tricked Adam into a type of suicide and self- destruction, Satan works to destroy people today. If we let him, he tries to get us to self-destruct. He gets us to turn on ourselves. When God tells us in His Word that we are wonderful, we instead listen to Satan and say to ourselves, “We are not wonderful.” All the things that we see in ourselves that are not good, come from demons. Demons divide. They work to tear us apart from each other and apart from our own true selves. How many diseases can you name that are in the anti-inflammatory group? Those are diseases where one part of the body fights to destroy another part of the body. That shouldn’t be.
God made the human body to work together. Ephesisans 4:16 not only speaks of the body of Christ, the church, but to the human body: “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
And our physical bodies are not to be at war with our minds or our emotions either. All parts of us, body, soul and spirit, are supposed to be yielded over to God. He is to have authority over every part of us, to give His salvation, his saving, his DNA to every part of us. Then, we can exercise our authority over every demon that tries to divide us from ourselves.
First Thessalonians 5:23 says it this way: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The only way that happens is if we relinquish our every part over to the Lord. If we are holding on to some part of us that is unhealthy, it is because Satan has sent a demon to convince us that we need it.
Let’s stop letting demons divide us from our true selves. Let’s give every part of us to the Lord, believe in our total salvation and let the Lord personally begin to show us what the new whole me looks like! It’s available and it’s true. The devil is a liar and a thief. Don’t let him steal any part of you.
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