The Mind of Christ: (Part 4)- Understanding our Dominion
Knowing your Identity In Christ: the Key to Slaughtering the Enemy
Family & Fellow Conquerors:
One thing I want to impress upon and encourage you with is this: Understanding WHO YOU ARE as a son/daughter of God is the biggest most important aspect of taking dominion over the enemy.
Knowing who you are means knowing Who lives inside you.
Knowing Who lives inside you means knowing who He is
It is NOT about your own self righteousness. The more the church begins to realize how Father God sees us (righteous, holy, blameless, sanctified and accepted) the more we begin to think and act like it.
“As a man thinks within himself, so he is.” (Prov 23:7)
It is being in agreement with His word that releases dominion and power. We are going to have a very difficult time crushing an already defeated enemy, if we are walking around condemning ourselves, being fearful and contending with what God’s word says about us. (James 1:6-7, James 4:6)
It is important to understand we are His ambassadors.
We carry out His heart, will, mind, and intention on any and all matters. This means when we see the work of the devil, we are called to destroy it.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (1 Cor 5:21)
It is not by our own holiness, or purity or strength. God imputed to His son and daughter His nature and gave us the right to use His authority. It’s about His name and faith in His name.
Our faith is not in our faith.
Our faith is… in Him.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,'” (Matt 28:18)
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:17-18)
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matt 10:8)
Jesus would not give His church a command that we, as His church, are unable to fulfill.
Now, I have better things to do than go looking for snakes to pick up (trying to be practical here) but there is not much more that I enjoy than destroying the works of the devil, just like Jesus did. Jesus moved under the power of the Holy Spirit. We are given that same Spirit.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. “(1 John 3:8)
Do you see a common theme here?
It’s not about us. It’s about who LIVES in us! Its His authority. Its His name. We are just carrying out His heart, mind, will and intentions because we are His child.
“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8)
We cannot resist the devil and be agreeing with him at the same time. To contend, argue, deny what the Word of God says on any matter is to be in pride.. and that is the arena of the enemy. The authority we exercise must come from the mind of Christ (which means to agree with His word) and then we will see swift, devastating results inflicted on Satan’s kingdom in any and all areas we walk in agreement with God’s word…. and then apply it. (James 2:26)
To the degree we contend and argue with what His word has to say about who we are as His child, is the degree we will compromise our ability to see His dominion, power and Kingdom exercised over an already crushed enemy.
When we approach the enemy camp, our mindset needs to be in alignment with the truth that we are there to destroy the enemy, not wrestle with him with the mindset that we may or may not have the victory.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
The more we meditate on Who is inside us.. and who we are because of what the blood of Jesus made us, the faster, quicker and easier the results will be as we speak the Name of Jesus Christ.
“Ritual” (defined as: a set way of approaching something: a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order) is fine when it comes to approaching and taking dominion and crushing the enemy. But no formula can, or is ever meant to replace knowing the One who is inside you.
When you know who you are, you can clearly understand who your enemy is: ie an already defeated foe, who is petrified at the idea that the body of Christ will begin to walk in her identity.
It is very, very simple. But… it it is still a personal choice. And it really is a slaughter for the child of God. Agree with what God made you through the completed, accomplished and terribly costly gift of the cross.
Some supplemental reading along this topic found here