And Jesus came and spoke to [His disciples], saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18)
Satan will continue to tempt people for as long as he can- until the culmination of all things when Jesus returns- in order to try to recover dominion of the earth. However, if we know our identity in Christ and are willing to cast the serpent out of our Eden, Satan cannot defeat us. Paul said, in essence, that he would not allow anything to dominate him that didn’t build him up in Christ. (See 1Corinthians 6:12). The only authority the devil can try to exercise is the one we allow him to have. “Do not give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:27 NASB).
Because of Jesus, every believer has the power to bind what needs to be subdued and to loosen what needs to be released on earth.(See Matthew 16:19; 18:18.) However, we have to remain under the authority of our heavenly Father, living in obedience to Him, as Jesus did, as well as to our delegated human authorities.
We must not tolerate sickness, sadness, depression, poverty, fear, or other evil strategies designed to destroy us. Some people cannot subdue or bind sickness because it has become the norm for them; thus, they have given the keys of their health to the enemy. We must be prepared to subjugate and dominate every work of the devil. “For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
What Jesus accomplished for us is powerful; it enables us to defat Satan in the midst of our difficult circumstances in a fallen world. Jesus nor only restored the original dominion we lost, but He also promises us a resurrection life that is “more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20NIV)
If you have allowed the devil to enter your Eden, and if temptation has destroyed your will; if you have lost your dominion and given it over to the enemy- today, Jesus gives you a new opportunity. Repent and ask God to forgive you through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for your sins. Decide now to take back your dominion through Jesus’ resurrection power, whether it is dominion over your character, your attitudes, or even criminal behavior. Take back your rule in relation to addictions to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription pills; take authority over sickness, illicit sex, fear, depression, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, a spirit of suicide, bickering, or gossip. Right now, renounce and rule over these things. God has given you dominion over all of Satan’s works and over the sinful nature!