"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." 1 John 4:4
There have been times in my life when I walked around deflated and defeated. Because of choices I made and circumstances that surrounded me, I actually allowed Satan to have power in my life. I believe there are many people today who living deflated and defeated lives because they are believing the lies of Satan. They are actually letting Satan have victory in their lives, and they don't understand that they can have and actually already have victory through Jesus Christ. I love what Dr. Tony Evans said: "We are not fighting FOR victory; we are fighting FROM victory!" There is a big difference between those two words, "for" and "from." Jesus defeated Satan, defeated sin, and defeated death on the cross of Calvary! He did it once and for all. When we call upon Jesus to save us from our sins, past and present and future, He forgives us fully. When we call upon Jesus to save us from our sins, the Holy Spirit of God actually indwells us and fills us with His power. When you and I are being tempted by Satan to believe his lies or to fall into sin, we must remember what 1 John 4:4 tells us. We are children of God, and His power within us is greater than Satan's power. We have to remember what Jesus says in Matthew 16:19. He gives us the keys to the kingdom of heaven; He gives us the ability to bind on earth and to loosen on earth. In other words, He gives us power and authority in His name! Paul reminds us in Romans 8:14-17, "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." Wow! As God's children we are heirs to all that He possesses! Do you believe God has the power to forgive you of your sins through Jesus Christ? Do you believe that you are powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit the moment you accept Jesus into your heart? Then walk in that belief and in that power each and every day! Don't let Satan lead you into a deflated and defeated lifestyle. By the name of Jesus Christ, God's Son, we have His power to bind Satan in our lives. Believe it! Walk in it! Amen!