Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?, Part II
Be sober [self-controlled ] ,vigilant; [ watchful ] because your adversary [someone to whom you stand in a relationship of opposition. ] the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5: 8
In the garden of Eden Satan just walked in and began to seduce Adam's wife while he was looking on. What would you do if someone walked in your house and began to seduce your wife? Most husbands would take a gun or a baseball bat and run that sucker out of town or kill him. That's the way it should be, but for thousands of years we have allowed the devil to rob us continually of our God given dominion.
Remember, dominion is supreme authority given to you by God, so we are without excuse if we are plundered by the devil. Although God ultimately fights our battles, He has given us weapons and armor to fight with. The devil's greatest weapon against us is our ignorance of our God-given authority and our lack of knowledge of the devil's schemes.
''Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10: 19
Jesus is not talking about bugs and snakes, He's telling us that we have authority over the powers of darkness to put them under our feet. The greatest scheme that the devil has ever carried out against the church, primarily in America is that he doesn't exist. People will believe in witchcraft, astrology, magic, and all kinds of eastern religions but when it comes down to believing in the devil they just laugh and roll their eyes.
I've got some earthquaking news for you, since the beginning of creation Satan has been given free reign to rob, kill and destroy from anyone that would allow him to. You might say, as most Christians do, that God is in control and my answer to you would be, no He's not. If God were in control, there would be no war, murder, drug and alcohol addiction, rape, cancer, abortion or any of the other catastrophic things that are ravishing all of mankind.
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway [ controlling influence ] of the wicked one. I John 5: 19
The world was not given to Satan, it was given to Adam, Satan took it by deceiving both Adam and Eve thereby giving himself access to the planet. Since that time he has robbed, killed and destroyed down through the ages with little opposition. It's time for the true church of Jesus Christ to rise up and take back what was given to us, authority, dominion and power. Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil, so why do we submit to being robbed, killed and destroyed by something that has no rights?
And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,'' Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. ''And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.''''Therefore rejoice O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the Devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.'' Revelation 12: 7-12
May God give you wisdom in dealing with the powers of darkness and strengthen your resolve to stand against them for your deliverance from their influence.