"Demolishing Strongholds" with Sam Poe pt 2

Sam and Marlene Poe

Recap James 4:7 - 8a “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…..”
You have to be active and not passive in spiritual warfare. We are called to:
1. Submit ourselves to God. We can’t keep blaming the devil or our ancestors for our wrong doing.
2. Resist the devil. We are given authority over Satan and every evil spirit. It’s for all who have submitted to God i.e. temptations, wrong thoughts etc Say NO! – to the devil and he will flee.
3. As we draw near to God, He promises to draw near to us.

We are going into the world to see people set free. We are the light of the world, the light of God’s truth which we carry in our hearts.

Sam Poe addressing the apprentices

Sam then told the story of when Jesus sent his disciples out. After a while they came back to Jesus to give feedback and they were pretty excited. Jesus told them not to rejoice because they had power over the enemy but to rather rejoice that they belonged to Him – to the family of God. The story teaches us a great deal about demolishing strongholds.

What do we learn:
1. Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth. In times of battle, Jesus is the sovereign King. We have an enemy but Jesus rules over everything. We need to stand in faith in the midst of difficulty. Jesus is in control and He will bring us victory.
2. Jesus wanted His disciples to be in relationship with Him. He invited 12 to walk with Him daily and to do His works. Jesus desires us to walk with Him. Our success in the mission depends on this. If we are to be successful, we need to walk with Jesus. Don’t let sin spoil our relationship with Jesus.
3. Prayer is important. Life is war! Prayer is important in the area of spiritual warfare. It’s also important that we pray for each other. As we go into pioneering situations, we need prayer support and to be praying.
4. Jesus called his disciples out and told them to do his work everywhere. This is the work of each of us. The disciples were sent out in team. God loves team. (1 God but 3 persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit) All through eternity, God has been living in community. It’s part of His character.

Jesus gave authority to His disciples over all the powers of darkness. This is true for us. If we know Jesus, we have authority over all powers of darkness. Jesus saw satan’s kingdom falling as the disciples went out sharing the gospel in towns and villages. As people begin to respond to the message, we see satan falling. Share the good news with people and see people come to Jesus.
Summarised by Molly Manhanga

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