Sovereignty of God, the Christians Cop-Out (part 1)
The lack of understanding of God and how He works and what universal rules He laid down from the foundation of the world is the number one reason Christians struggle and fail miserably in life at times. It is the reason for the lack of a real personal relationship with Jesus. It is the reason for not taking authority and using the power God gave to us. It is the reason so many die when they should have lived. It is the reason for the lack of provision to have a good journey in life and always struggling to make ends meet. God says “My people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 5:6) The sovereignty of God takes your cooperation, it’s the natural spiritual laws He laid down from the beginning of time. Let me explain.
In the beginning of time after God created the world and man, He gave to man the absolute power authority over the earth. The dominion He gave Adam and Eve came with zero qualifications, in other words, it was not based on Quid Pro Quo (this for that). Once God speaks, it’s done. He never goes back on His word as Psalms 89:34 states “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” God upholds “all things by the word of His power.” (Heb. 1:3) It is this integrity of God’s word that makes the universe exist and hold together. God will not violate what He has said, so when He gave control to Adam and Eve to rule and subdue the earth and put it under their control, He meant it. He didn’t mean for man to turn around and give it to Satan. Because Adam and Eve gave up their authority to the enemy of our souls, it stood. God magnified His word above His name. So Lucifer knowing God like He did knew that he would now have dominion without any qualifications or restrictions by gaining control by deception through Adam and Eve not by directly disobeying God as his divine power would have been instantly taken away. By their own free will, Adam and Eve yielded to him and transferred that authority to Satan.
Most people believe that Satan is using a superior power and authority to oppress mankind. That is not true at all; he is actually using the same power and authority that God gave mankind to rule and reign over this earth. On his own, Satan is powerless. He depends completely on physical human beings yielding to and empowering him. It’s only when we submit to him that Satan is able to do ANYTHING! Demons are looking for a physical body, which is willing and will submit to him. Satan has zero angelic, spiritual power. All his authority comes from man. He is still a factor as there are millions of people yielded to him who are operating in murder, sexual immorality, lies, fear, hurt, hatred, idolatry and more. But for us individually, he can do nothing without our consent and cooperation. Now instead of being intimidated by the enemy, you can have boldness toward the devil and resist him so he will flee from you. As Ephesians 6:10-11 states; “Finally brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the full armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” God had to become a man. This is why He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth. The word made flesh, the God man Jesus had to become a physical person so He could have authority on this earth. (John 1:14)
Son of Man refers to Christ humanity. So when the Father gave Him authority to execute judgment because He was the Son of Man, Jesus made a direct reference to the fact that He had a physical body. He always has power as Creator, but He didn’t have authority to use that power until He took on the flesh of a human. Jesus entered into the devil’s kingdom and destroyed it, taking away all authority and power from Satan and reduced him to zero. The enemy has no authority over us. All Satan can do is tempt us. He cannot do anything without your consent and cooperation. Unfortunately, this is the complete opposite of what so many churches teach today. He is not someone to be feared. He is someone you need to recognize and resist, but he can’t do anything to you without your consent and cooperation.
Jesus said “Behold I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY, AND NOTHING WILL INJURE YOU.” (Luke 10:19) “Go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those WHO HAVE BELIEVED: In My name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents (remove), and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)
[Next time part two]