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Angels Are Under Our Authority Part 2

In His plan and purpose, God gave us authority over all angels. Christ has given us power to cast out evil spirits and to heal (Mark 3: 15). But how is this power implemented? How do we receive the power to do these things?

When we realize that Satan is a spirit that ministers to us, then we will see that we are over him and the other fallen angels. We need to realize that we are supposed to cast him out of people! Lucifer knows God’s plan; he was there at the round table when God was letting His angels in on what He would accomplish with earth and those special earthlings, Adam and his offspring.

Satan heard God say to him something like this: “And I am sending you down to earth to confuse, befuddle, and hurt the humans. Eventually some of them will learn by their pain and suffering to cry out to Me. They will then learn of My purpose for them and your purpose, too, which is this: to cause suffering and then to be cast out of My people. You are their sparring partner. Some of them will work you over and conquer you after they get the revelation on this.

Power comes when we believe that Christ was given a better name than the angels. Therefore, the angels cannot fulfill the Messiah’s calling and election. Their name contains no destiny that prophesies salvation. Their name does not herald them to be saviors. Nowhere does any angel have a name depicting them “laying down their lives” to save others. God never requires angels to lay down their lives and thus show the greatest love—just like the Son of God did. But God asks us to do just that: to present our bodies a “living sacrifice.” The Messiah’s name is more excellent than the angels’ names, for they cannot sacrifice themselves because they are spirits, not mortal flesh. Speaking of the angels, He says, “Are they not all spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

The angels are the servants of the sons and daughters of God. Their calling is to minister and help us become what God has called us to do. The Father has reserved a seat on His throne for us His offspring, His princes and princesses. He never promised that honor to any angel. Their job is to help us overcome and get to the throne (Heb. 1: 4-5). Our destiny is so glorious in Christ that the angels desire to look into it (I Pet. 1: 12).

The angels marvel at our calling and election to be members of the Son Company, that we are members of the body of Christ Himself. They know that our inheritance in God’s plan contains a greater destiny than their destiny. The angels know that they are the servants; we are the sons and daughters of the King.

For the angels have never heard their Creator say to them, “You are my Son, or, I will be your Father and you shall be my Son. Rather, the Creator says to the angels, All of you are to worship the Son.

Get this, brothers and sisters: You and I are members of the body of Christ, the Son of God. We are a part of the Son! We may be a spiritual toe, but we are a part of the Son. And God has given the angels this directive: Worship the Son! And when they worship the Son of God, they are aware that we are a part of the body of the Son. They love and adore us and want to help us fulfill God’s plan. They serve us. They minister to us. They exist to help us, their Creator’s heirs! The angels are messengers; they are spirits, ministering spirits, “sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Heb. 1: 14). They are created to serve us; they are to be our aides. They exist to help us, the heirs of God—to help us fulfill our destiny: to be the manifested sons and daughters of God.

The angels are messengers; we with the Spirit within are the message. Because the Spirit lives within us, we now are the Word, the Message, made flesh in and through Christ. For it is all Him as He flows His goodness down and through us. The angels are servants of the King. We are the second man, “the Lord from heaven.” God considers us to be members of the body of Christ. And as such, He has given us the authority to cast out evil spirits and heal the sick. We must now remember that all angels are spirits.

Speaking of angels, He said, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb. 1: 14). All angels, therefore, are spirits that serve us, the “heirs of salvation.” “All” angels would include the evil spirits as well as the good. That includes Lucifer as well as Gabriel.

Our Relationship with the Angels

As we have seen, the apostle Paul mentions our relationship with the angels several times in his letter to the Hebrews:

  • The Son is “made so much better than the angels” (1: 4).
  • The Son has “obtained a more excellent name than they” (1: 4).
  • The Father never has called the angels His sons (1: 5).
  • In fact, the angels are to worship the Son (1: 6).
  • The angels are spirits that serve the Father and the Son (1: 7).
  • The Son is the King on His throne (1:8). He is referred to as “God.” “Thy throne, O God.”
  • God has never told the angels to sit on His right hand. Why? He answers the question with this question: “Are they not ministering spirits” sent to serve and minister to the sons of God? (Heb. 1: 14).
  • If we take heed to the messages (2: 2) of the angels, how much more should we take heed to the King’s word to us?
  • The “subjection of the world to come” is not a host of angelic beings being the master race over us; it is rather that man, the second man, will be the ruler with Christ as joint heirs of all things.
  • It also says that even though we are made mortal at present and are “a little lower than the angels” in that regard, God has given to us a glorious destiny with all things under his authority. God has “put all things under His feet.” That’s man’s feet.

Let’s stop here just a moment. God has put “all things” under the Son’s feet. “All things” include the angels themselves; they are our servants. We are not their servants. Let’s get it straight. “All things” include those invisible things including the angels. And that would mean the angels on the good side and those on the bad side of the ledger. All of the angels—good and bad—have been put in subjection unto us. Yahweh has given us authority over “all things,” and that would include the angel Lucifer, whose name was changed to Satan. This is the reason that the word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4: 7). We have authority over Satan–authority to “boss him around.” He is an evil spirit, but God has given us power over him to cast out the evil spirit, which is the first step in the healing process. Christ would cast out the evil spirits and then touch and heal the sick one.

Some may be asking, “Where are you going with all this, Wayneman?” To tap into the power that God has given us, we must not only know the above, but believe it 100%. Christ is the Author and Finisher of our belief system. Christ is the Word, the Author. When we believe just like the Author of the Book of Life does, then we share in His authority. We have been accepted into His body. It is Him living through us that yields authority and power.

The Point Most Difficult to Comprehend

God in His infinite wisdom has given permission to one of His archangels to be the minister of pain and suffering, both mental and physical. Lucifer and the fallen angels have been given a mandate to exact pain upon God’s people in belief that they will rise up and overcome the wicked adversary–like Job.

And yet we still wonder. Why all of the human suffering, the wasting of flesh through disease. Why all the leaking of blood through the slaughter of war? Why all the whimpers of fear, neglect and hunger? Why all the human pain from the pommelings of the night? Why all the suffering? Why does unwarranted evil stalk us?

God seems to be saying in still, measured tones, “They will not come to Me until evil overtakes them. They will not draw near until disaster strikes. It is then that they will cry to Me. And then I will bend low and touch their chastened cheek with ointment and give them sips of mercy’s water, and embrace their pain with an eternal balm that heals from the inside out. And as they cry to Me in their discomfort, I will hear and come down and show them a love divine. And then they will know that I love them and was always by their side—through the good times and through the bad. But first, the sufferings must come, now for a season.

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Healings—Physical and Spiritual: How God Uses Them to Reproduce Himself

God’s story is a story of healings, both physical and spiritual. The healing of man’s body, soul, and spirit is one of the signs that “shall follow them that believe” (Mark 16:17-18).

And just as “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” all human beings have been physically sick.  Both the sinner and the righteous have endured physical sickness. It seems that it is the red badge of being human. And especially when we are down physically, it is difficult to see the spiritual side of our malady. Yet, physical health is spiritual, insomuch as when illness strikes, it seems to force the mind to think mortal thoughts—sometimes literally.

I wrote in my journal on February 27, 2005, about a serious bout with the flu that I was experiencing:

“I have been sick for the last two weeks. Very sick. Unable to read or write sick. Unable to smile sick. I have forgotten what laughter is, what a baby’s smile can do for you. I have forgotten what joy is. I have begun to contemplate my own mortality. Days ago, accomplishments and interests that I have pursued in my life fell into a worthless pile of discarded actions—things like playing the guitar, singing, speaking Spanish, teaching literature, travel…

They all fell away into a pit of hopelessness. The pursuits of this world’s dimension suddenly seemed vain, a thing of no real profit, especially for all the energy we put into them. In the final scheme of things, my daily endeavors seemed trivial, of little consequence…The will is there, but the weak body prevents any movement toward activities.Momma just called and told me, ‘Always remember that I love you.'”

As you see here, it is difficult to think on the invisible Spirit/Creator when you are sick. Therefore, physical sickness is in the end a spiritual attack because it pulls our mind down from heavenly thoughts to the frailties of the earthly body. Physical sickness drains our mind of its will and capacity to elevate its thinking to rarified realms of unselfish love. When the body lies in weakness and in pain, it is difficult for our spirits to climb the ladder of perfection.

Sin and Sickness Linked

Physical sickness and the spiritual state of sin are inextricably linked in the mind of God. Christ taught that the healing of the body poured forth from the same fountain as the forgiveness of sin. He asked, “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house” (Matt. 9: 5-6).

The key word here is “to say.” To say, “I forgive you” is a powerful declaration by the divine nature in a regenerated individual. He gave us a New Commandment to forgive others. We have that power as God’s offspring. He wants us to exercise it. And He has given us power and authority to also say, “Rise and walk.” Christ said that both forgiveness and healing come from the same source—speaking the words of physical healing as well as the spiritual.

Healings originate out of God’s merciful heart of love. With great compassion He healed all those oppressed during His walk on earth. But He made it plain that at the root of this gift of healing lies a spiritual concern.

Christ’s major thrust was for the healing of man’s spiritual heart. His command for man to repent of his sins took center stage. When He came into a village and gathered the people together, He did not first say, “I am going to heal all your diseases. So bring those that are sick to Me.” No, He said, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He dealt with the spiritual sickness first. What good is a healthy body that has just been healed, if the heart inside is still sinful? “But that you may know that the Son of man has power to forgive sins, I say unto the sick of palsy, Rise, take up thy bed and walk.” The physical healings took place as proof that the spiritual healing was indeed real. Did not Christ also say, “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean” (Matt. 23:26). First get rid of the sinful nature inside of your body, and then the physical body will be healed as well. Death of the earthly body comes because of the sin within. “The wages of sin is death.”

We see this in Isaiah’s vision, where he showed Yahweh lamenting for His people. He called them a “sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity,” with their head “sick, and their whole heart faint” (Isa. 1:4-5). We see here in chapter one how Yahweh likens Israel’s sinful state to a physical sickness. Their sin to God seems as “wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores” that have not been treated (v. 6).

The evil state of the world is described in Isaiah 59:1-21. The answer to the desperate cry of the earth’s inhabitants who are trapped in the misery of sin is found in Isaiah 61. It is Yahweh’s promise of the healing that will take place upon His return to earth: “To give unto them beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning…” The kicker for us is that He will use the over comers during the “manifestation of the sons of God” to pour out all of His love to them.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Receiving Authority to Cast Out Satan and To Heal

We saw in the October 23rd post that when we “resist the devil, he will flee from you.” We resist by thinking God’s thoughts seen in the metaphor of God’s armor (Eph. 6:13-18). The Spirit says to “arm yourselves” with the mind of Christ. Think His thoughts; they are found in the armor of God. God is the armor.

But we Christians have a problem. We are not fully dressed with His armor–His thoughts. And we wade out into the spiritual battlefield to combat our enemy, Satan. And many of us do not believe that we will have the victory over him. Many of us are plagued with the thoughts that the giants are too big. Many of us do not approach the fight like David did facing Goliath. David had no doubts about who would win. His trust was with Yahweh working through him. He defeated Goliath and the Philistines melted in fear and ran.

How did David walk in such authority? God says that we have that same power in the spiritual realm today.  He said that we now have the power to heal, to grow in His Spirit, and basically to become like the early apostles.

Questions come to mind. Why aren’t we Christians using this power more effectively? How does the power to cast out of Satan happen exactly? How does God do it through us? Knowing the truth about this will make us free of spiritual impotency when we come face to face with the enemy. Which piece of knowledge ushers us into this kind of authority over Satan?

Sovereignty

The answers lie in an understanding of God’s sovereignty. We should realize that our thoughts are not God’s thoughts initially. When we study His word, ideally we discipline our minds to think how He thinks. It is a kind of self-sacrifice, an abdicating of our innate human-centered stance in favor of our Creator’s thoughts about us and our position in the universe. And our position as His son or daughter is one with authority.

First, based on His words about Himself, God is sovereign; we are not. Mankind is so humanistic that we actually think that we make the choices that govern our existence. When all the while it was God behind the scenes working His will out on the earth’s stage. He chose us, and with His choices, He has guided our direction back to Him. “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit…” (John 15: 16).

For we in our first state have not the power to say to ourselves, “Live on forever.” Sooner or later we are faced with that disappointing reality called death. God rules in the kingdom of men. It is not our ball game; it is His. And with purposeful precision He has laid out the ground rules for us humans.

He Created Good and Evil

God in His sovereignty, created both good and evil. “I form the light and create darkness: I make peace and create evil: I the LORD [Yahweh] do all these things” (Isa. 45:7). But why the evil? God uses evil to develop and mature the good in those whom He has chosen, which are His elect. He foreknew that mankind would have a precocious predilection for self; He made man that way. He foreknew that the humans He had created would rebel and fall; He was the producer of that tragedy—for a purpose: that mankind would cry out to Him, seeking solace from their Creator. Our tragic fall into the evil of sin would be the very environment that would produce a grateful heart upon our deliverance.

God is sovereign; He does it His own brilliant way. We would not have written the script with evil causing us to suffer. We would write it where we would not have an antagonist to struggle against. God’s thoughts are not ours, but we can make them ours.

He Created Angels To Be Our Servants

He created the angels to be “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Heb. 1:14). “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (NIV).

Lucifer is one of the angels, an angelic spirit created by YHWH to minister to the sons and daughters of God. Lucifer received orders from Yahweh to become the minister of evil here on earth. Lucifer became Satan and is the god of this world. He dispenses the evil under God’s supervision. He and his cohorts are sent to serve and minister sufferings to us. We become stronger in God when we overcome Satan and the sufferings. Therefore, Satan is my servant and minister. Yours, too. The irony is rich; what Satan means for harm, God uses for good. You cannot out-god God. All angels, then, are spirits created by God to help us reach the goals that He has set for us. They exist to help us grow up to be joint-heirs with Christ of the Father’s kingdom.

We Are Satan’s Master

Fifth, even though Satan is the minister of evil, he is an angel, and by definition, he is still serving and ministering to us. Satan is our servant. Therefore, with the Holy Spirit inside, we are Satan’s master. We have power over him. We have power from God to cast him out, “to loose the bands of wickedness and undo the heavy burdens,” and to heal those oppressed of the devil. When we resist Satan, he flees. We are to resist him in others, not just ourselves. We have power over our own servant.

When we really believe this truth, we will walk with authority, knowing the truth about our position and our enemy’s place in God’s plan and purpose. And because we understand now that we are Satan’s master, we will command him to leave and be gone from the people we love, and we will give them “beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning” (Isa. 61:3).

For it is this authority, presented to us through the knowledge of the holy, that generates the power to first cast out the devil and then to heal others. Kenneth Wayne Hancock

 

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