Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that God commanded Moses and Aaron to visit Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of the country. When they arrived, Pharaoh asked them to do a miracle. And so, Aaron threw down his rod and it turned into a snake. Likewise, Pharaoh’s wise men and sorcerers threw down theirs and they turned into snakes. But Aarons’ snake swallowed the magicians’ (Exodus 7:1-12).
God created everything in the universe including power. Hence the power that Pharaoh’s magicians demonstrated is originally from God but they used it for evil purposes. Although Satan cannot create power, he uses God’s power and imitates his actions. Even so, his power is limited in scope and depth. Consequently, he can only function within a certain parameter, and with God’s permission (Job 1:6-12).
Perhaps you are facing a challenging situation. You are feeling overwhelmed and powerless against spiritual forces. Maybe you are even wondering if you have lost the race. Take heart, God wants you to know that, “…The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4), and so, you can effectively manage your circumstance. Furthermore, he will not give you more than you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).
God is asking you to practice the spiritual disciplines in order for his power to manifest in your life. These are prayer, fasting, praise and worship, and obedience to his commands. When you do, you are submitting to him and resisting the devil. This action will cause the devil to flee (James 4:7). Interestingly, when he runs away from you, his temptations also disappear (Matthew 4:1-11). Additionally, when you adhere to the spiritual disciplines, you are empowered to manage your carnal desires.
The greatest power in the universe comes from our Heavenly Father. This power is within us, through the Holy Spirit, therefore, we have the resource to defeat all spiritual forces that hinder the fulfillment of our purpose.
Heavenly Father, help us to understand the power we have through you. In Jesus’ name, amen.