Taking Spiritual Authority Over the Devil



“And hath put all things under his feet…” (Ephesians 1:22).

What a powerful word picture! Christ has put all things under His feet. The imagery comes from the ancient world where a king would put his foot on the neck of the enemy. This act symbolized that the enemy was in total submission to the king. In the previous verse (21), some of the things under His feet are listed—principalities, powers, might and dominion. These words refer to Satan and his demonic forces. Praise God! Jesus has put His foot on the neck of the devil and all he represents.

Later on, Paul would say the believer has to be “raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). It stands to reason, if we are seated together with Christ in heavenly places and He has all things under His feet, we have the same authority. You can put the devil under your feet, Pete— realizing your position in Christ and walking in authority over the evil one. I heard a Christian rapper say in a song—“You don’t have to work with the shovel, you’ve got the power to step on the devil.” Let me offer three ways a believer can step on (take authority over) the devil:

By Using the Bible

Find specific verses that address the problem to believe, trust and stand on during Satanic attacks (Matthew 4:1-11). Each time that Satan tempted Jesus with something, He believed and stood on the Word of God.

By Putting on the Armor of God

We read in Ephesians 6:10-18, God has given His children a special suit of armor. To put it plainly, this armor is given so that we “may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (verse 11).

Through Implementing Prayer

After instructing the believer to put on the Armor of God, Paul says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” (Ephesians 6:18). What gasoline is to a car, prayer is to the armor. A car is useless without gas, and the armor is just a bunch of metal without prayer. Prayer is the key to making the armor effective in one’s battle against the devil. Prayer as a weapon against Satan is further seen in Luke 22:31-32 where Jesus told Peter, “…Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not…

Exalted Savior, please remind me that when I feel overwhelmed by the devil, You have given me all authority over him. Even though he has power, I serve the One Who has all power and is able to subdue the forces of darkness.

~Dr. William R. Glaze

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