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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES 2023 DEVOTIONAL WAS WRITTEN BY PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME (D.SC., D.D.). PRESIDENT OF LOVE WORLD INC, AKA CHRIST EMBASSY INTERNATIONAL
Rhapsody Of Realities Devotional, December 4th, 2023
TOPIC: Authority Over Demons
SCRIPTURE READING: James 4:7… Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
ONE-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Hebrews 4:1–13 & Jeremiah 41–43
TWO-YEAR BIBLE PLAN: John 9:28-41 & 1 Chronicles 4
FURTHER STUDY: Mark 5:2-13; Mark 16:17-18
A distressed lady, tormented by evil spirits and trapped in a seemingly hopeless situation was once brought to me. During this encounter, the demons identified themselves by revealing their names, reminiscent of the account in the Bible where Jesus encountered a legion of demons.
I commanded the devils to come out of her in the Name of Jesus, and they did. But just about twenty-four hours later, I received news that this same lady, who was free from this demonic influence, was in trouble again. I immediately called for her to be brought back to me. As soon as I saw her, I discerned that the demons had returned.
Again, I addressed the demons to come out of her. And they did! Praise God! Here’s something to understand: although we have authority over demons, we do not have dominion over human beings. People have the will to decide whether to invite these devils back into their lives through their choices and behaviours.
There are instances when, being led by the Spirit, we issue injunctions to restrain specific demons from returning; the demons know they’re under orders not to return. Jesus exemplified this when He commanded the unclean spirit to come out of a boy and enter him no more ( Mark 9:25). Obviously, the little boy couldn’t make decisions for himself, hence Jesus barred the demon.
In the realm of the spirit, you sit with Christ; you occupy His place of authority with the power of attorney to use His Name. All the powers of darkness respond to, and recognize your authority in Christ. Therefore, be bold to exercise this dominion today over demons and circumstances.
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for the authority you’ve given to me over all demonic forces. I exercise authority over demons and establish your Kingdom in every place and in the hearts of men, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Please say this prayer.
I come to you, Lord Jesus. I admit that I am a sinner, and I want to be right with you. I ask you to forgive me for all my sins. Wash me away from all unrighteousness, and please keep me clean today. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in my heart that God raised me,
Thank you for saying that prayer. You are in CHRIST now. Old things have passed away. HALLELUJAHRhapsody Of Realities Devotional