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Author: Rodney Hogue <RodHogue@aol.com>
Editor: Teresa Seputis
Transcribed by: Lucy Deliganis

Prayer-School MiniTraining Series

God's Presence and Enemy Resistance

by Rodney Hogue

Lesson 8

Destroying the Works of the Devil

So, here is everything I am sharing with you in a nutshell. God has called you to be a carrier of His presence, to advance His kingdom and to bring His glory into each situation that you find yourself in. As God's kingdom advances through you, the enemy's kingdom is torn down. Satan does not like to loose ground. Therefore, he is very serious about setting a strategy to take you out. He is planning and scheming. There are strategies that are personally against you. There are strategies against your family. There are strategies at your work. Everything that you are involved in has a strategy to take you out and render your testimony inoperative. If you resist the enemy in your own strength, you will be taken out. If you ignore the enemy's efforts and strategies against you, you will be taken out. But God is capable of revealing the enemy strategies to you and giving you a strategy to defeat them. God wants to reveal those strategies to you. You need to be asking God to show you what is going on. "What is the enemy up to in my family - at work - in my life? Show it to me God." As God reveals it, then you counter-attack. "God, what do you want me to do? How do you want me to counter-attack? How do you want me to come against this?"

We need to get rid of these strategies against us. God wants to bring revelation so we can. He wants to disarm the enemy. Paul said this, "I swing so that I don't beat the air." In other words, when I swing I want to hit. When I swing, I want to hit the enemy in the nose. Not just swing randomly and hope I hit. You can know it if you will seek the Lord and ask. Then act and what He tells you to do. Be bold in your asking the Lord. Be bold in it and you will see that God will come through.

1 John 3:8 says, "the Son of Man came to destroy the works of the devil." What is Jesus up to? He is out to destroy the kingdom of darkness, because the kingdom of darkness is out to destroy you. Jesus wants to remove every strategy. You have two choices in this venture. The first is to become a victim or victorious. Those are your only two choices. Either you are overcome or you become an over comer. Which choice do you want? Hopefully, ] it is the victorious one.

The Lord has given you everything you need in order to be victorious. In Luke 10 Jesus said, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightening." Now how fast does lightening hit the ground? Was Satan just kind of floating down? Or did he fall fast with a big BANG? The authority of the Lord slammed him down.

The Lord said, "I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall injure you." He is not talking about giving you authority over bugs and reptiles. The Lord said, "over all the power of the enemy." In this passage, "serpents" are things that bite and sting. He is talking about demons here. He is saying "I have given you authority over the demonic realm and nothing shall injure you."

The only reason it will injure you is if you open the door to it. If you shut the door, the only way he can touch you is if He has God's divine permission to do that. That is a rare thing. We do not need to be afraid. We need to be aggressive with this and advance the kingdom of God.

A part of the commission at end of Mark is to cast out the demons. Why? Because we are advancing the kingdom of God. If not, you will end up being the victim. You do not have to be the victim. You can be the victor.

Right now is the time to address it. Get rid of them and tell them to leave. Remove their right to be there. Some of you have an area of bondage in your life that has a spirit attached to it and it is not the Holy Spirit. You need to tell it to get out. Today is the day of deliverance. God is exposing this stuff so that you can be free. Jesus told the disciples not to get excited that they have authority over demons. Just be excited that their names were written in the book of life.

Be excited when a life gets free from the bondages of darkness. That is the heart of Jesus. He came to destroy the works of the devil. The Lord wants to sing the song of deliverance over you.

Will you cooperate with Him in this today?

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