PULLING THE LION'S TEETH
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
If God be for us, who can be against us? This is a legitimate question and I believe we can seek a Scriptural answer to this question. We know that God is for us. His Word states:
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
This is one of the most familiar Scriptures in the Bible. If God was not for us and had not wanted us to come unto Him, He surely would not have sent Jesus. Therefore, we know God is for us. This has been eternally established in Him. We then face the question, "Who can be against us?"
There seems to be one common answer that comes forth from the church. This is the mind set of the majority of those who call themselves Christian. When asked, "Who is against us?" the answer is always: satan, the devil, the prince of darkness, the prince of the world, the prince of power of the air. No matter how they use his name, they are speaking of the evil one, the spirit of darkness.
In the beginning, darkness was upon the face of the deep, Genesis 1:2. So the spirit of darkness has been from the beginning. The devil, or satan, was not a new phenomena that Jesus dealt with openly while He was upon the earth with all power and authority.
When speaking with Christians, they accord satan to any malady or trial in their lives; as if satan has the power and authority to affect God's people with every discomfort they experience. All God's people seem to know the Scripture:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." I Peter 5:8
The word adversary is the Greek word ANTIDIKAS and means "an opponent in a dispute." The word devour means "to drink down." This is the overcoming aspect of elimination. When this Scripture is read, all that seems to be noticed is that satan is a roaring lion who is walking around with all power and authority to devour God's people. Most have never referenced this same Scripture in the book of Job.
"Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto satan, Whence comest thou? Then satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." Job 1:6-7
Satan was walking about seeking whom he could devour in the days of Job, also.
"And the Lord said unto satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?" Job 1:8
Job was an upright man before God:
"Then satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not Thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land." Job 1:9-10
The blessing of God was upon Job and God had him hedged about. As we re-examine the Scripture in I Peter 5:8, we are admonished to be sober and vigilant. The word sober means "to watch and be free from alcohol, or anything that would dull the mind." The word vigilant means "to be Spiritually alert." If we are Spiritually alert, watchful and free from mind dulling drugs, then satan is no threat at all. This is how we pull the teeth of the roaring lion.
In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul informs them that "we are not ignorant of satan's devices," II Corinthians 2:11.
God's Word reveals that, before satan could touch Job, he had to obtain permission from God. It was God who had to remove the hedge in order for satan to try Job.
As we consider the phrase, "If God be for us . . ." is our God able to protect His people from any attack from satan? Let us consider a few Scriptures concerning the power of God:
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18
Speaking to the eleven disciples after His resurrection, Jesus informed them that all power was given to Him in heaven (spiritual realm) and earth (flesh realm). The word all means "all inclusive, entire, complete, nothing to be added." If Jesus was given all power in the flesh realm and the spiritual realm, then how much power does satan have?
As we begin to uncover the hidden things of God in His Word, and as the Spirit reveals His truths that have been hidden from the creation, God places in each of His saints a knowing of this truth for it is revealed by the Spirit of Truth to those who truly are seeking to know God and His power.
Paul was given the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of the things of God. We have this same Spirit available to us, also. We only need to seek and ask for it.
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him." Ephesians 1:17
We can know the God of the whole universe. He is revealed in His creation.
"For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
In the creation, we can get a glimpse of God's eternal power and Godhead. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul revealed the Creator:
"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him." Colossians 1:16
Christ Jesus created all things. This included all things in heaven (spiritual realm) and the earth (flesh realm), visible and invisible (what we can see and what we cannot see), thrones (angelic powers), dominions (levels in the angelic orders, both good and evil), principalities (all orders above the flesh realm, both good and evil) and powers (angelic beings). All spiritual and natural, good and evil was created by our God. This revelation was given to the prophet Isaiah:
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things." Isaiah 45:7
God is the creator of the spiritual realm of light and the spiritual realm of darkness. As the creator, He has all power in both realms. Satan cannot act in a Christian's life without the agreement of God, as it clearly was shown in Job. When satan wanted to try Job, God gave His permission and also determined the bounds in which satan could operate in Job's life.
It is the same today. Satan has no authority outside God.
When Jesus came to earth, He was the express image of the invisible God, Hebrews 1:3. All the fullness of the Godhead was resident in Jesus, Colossians 2:9. The fullness of the Godhead is the Holy Spirit of Promise. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus made an open show of the power of the Holy Spirit.
"And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." Colossians 2:15
Jesus triumphed over the principalities and powers; or the whole spiritual realm of darkness. Jesus had this power and operated in this power while He was in His flesh. And that power was magnified when He sat down at the right hand of the Father.
"Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him." I Peter 3:22
All angels (good and evil), all authorities (good and evil), all powers (good and evil) are made subject unto Him. The word subject is the Greek word HUPOTASSO. It is a military term which means "to rank under, to be in subjection to." Christ Jesus has all authority, all power and all dominion. He is . . .
"Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come." Ephesians 1:21
Christ Jesus is not only above, but He is far above. Second place does not exist in God. As we understand the Scriptures, there is only one. And yet, the words and actions of many Christians have elevated satan as, not only equal with God, but above God in power and authority in their lives. These have erred from the Word of life and have allowed the spirit of darkness to have dominion in their lives. These have overlooked and ignored a great portion of the Word of God. Paul wrote to the Colossians:
"And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power." Colossians 2:10
Christ Jesus the head of all the principalities and powers (both good and evil). For He created them. The letter to Timothy reveals,
"Which in His times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords." I Timothy 6:15
The word potentate means "supreme in power and authority, none greater in power." Then, with this knowledge, are we to assume there is no devil or satan? This is what the new age and humanists teach; that all good and evil are resident in the mind. Therefore, if you think something is good and not evil, then it is good. Only that which you think is evil, is evil. This is a lie from the deceiver.
The spirit of darkness has existed from the beginning and has power in many lives. The destroyer has ruined millions of lives through his lies and deceptions. Many have allowed the spirit of darkness to deceive and rob them of their inheritance in God. They have erred from the truth, because they are ignorant of the power that God has put in His name to overcome the spirit of darkness.
Many have expounded that satan was defeated by Jesus on the cross. This is true in a sense. Jesus defeated satan on the cross to give us the overcoming power in our lives so that we need no longer live by fear (satan's only weapon), but by the promises of God. Jesus did not need to defeat satan in His life. He stated,
"Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." John 14:30
Jesus had overcome satan in His life before He ever went to the cross. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." I Corinthians 2:8
It was satan that put murder in the heart of the people to kill Jesus because he was a murderer from the beginning, John 8:44.
As was revealed in Colossians 2:15, Jesus triumphed and spoiled the principalities and powers openly as He did the work of His ministry. When Jesus was ministering to His disciples, John stated,
"Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us." Luke 9:49
While Jesus walked upon the earth, men who were not believers and were not Jesus' disciples were casting out devils in Jesus' name. The power was not in their faith. It was in the name of Jesus. Today, those who are not believers, not filled with the Spirit, and not following the true light can cast out devils by the name of Jesus. Jesus' answer to John was:
"Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us." Luke 9:50
We need to recognize the overcoming power in the name of Jesus when dealing with the spirit of darkness.
God has demonstrated His power, given us His promise, and magnified His examples in His Word as to our power over the realm of darkness. When the seventy returned whom Jesus had sent out two by two, they proclaimed:
"Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name." Luke 10:17
This was happening before Jesus' death. His disciples had power over the realm of darkness in the name of Jesus. Then Jesus, through the eye of the Spirit, made a profound statement:
"I beheld satan as lightning fall from heaven." Luke 10:18
Jesus, through His eternal knowledge, foresaw the time when His disciples (learners) would come to the knowledge of how to use the power in the name of Jesus. Jesus' disciples learned that the whole spiritual realm of darkness was subject to the name of Jesus.
Then Jesus made us a most wonderful promise and proclamation,
"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19
This, He did when we accepted His free gift of salvation and received the infilling of His Holy Spirit. He gave us His name. Through the Holy Spirit, He gave us the power and authority to use His name. When Jesus appeared unto Paul on the road to Damascus, Jesus explained to Paul the ministry He had for him.
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me." Acts 26:18
Paul's ministry, as is our ministry, was to turn the people from darkness to the light, from the power of satan unto the power of God. Why? That they may receive forgiveness of sin. As long as we have darkness in our lives and are not using the power of God to deal with the spirit of darkness, we still have sin we have not dealt with. God has given us the power in His name. We need to learn to use it. The beloved John wrote,
"We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not." I John 5:18
Many are proclaiming to be born again. Yet, every other word is how satan is affecting their lives. If satan can have an affect on them, they have not dealt with their sin - - - for satan would have no place.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul stated they were to put away lying, not to sin while angry ,and not to let the sun go down on their wrath, Ephesians 4:25-26. He goes on to warn, "Neither give place to the devil," Ephesians 4:27.
If satan can touch us then we need to know that he only has access through the sin we have not repented of. Those who have come to a knowing relationship with God and stand on His Word have put satan and his whole spiritual realm of darkness under their feet. Paul wrote this to the Romans:
"And the God of peace shall bruise satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." Romans 16:20
The word shortly means "quickly." The God of peace will bruise (break) satan under our feet as soon as we take a stand against him. James knew this power. He wrote:
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7
First, we must submit ourselves unto God. Then we can resist the devil and he will flee from us. Those who have so much trouble with satan are not submitted unto God, nor do they have the Holy Spirit power to resist him. Paul proclaimed:
"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son." Colossians 1:13
Hath is past tense. God hath delivered us from the power of darkness. We have been translated from the power of darkness into the power of light; from the power of satan to the power of God.
"Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the True Light now shineth." I John 2:8
If we have come into the glorious knowledge of the truth that satan has no power unless we give it to him through unrepented sin, we can truly state that the darkness is past. As long as we keep the True Light shining in our lives, satan will have no place. We have already overcome when we come to the True Light and the knowledge of the truth which is the Christ in us, our hope of glory.
Paul spoke of the new man,
"And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:24
This new man is not subject to the spirit of darkness. He has put off the carnal mind and has put on the Spiritual mind.
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Romans 8:7
The carnal mind cannot comprehend the laws of God. This is not speaking of the laws of Moses which were carnal ordinances. The laws the carnal mind cannot comprehend have to do with the act of overcoming and exercising power over that which God has ordained for His creation from the beginning. We need to learn to walk in them as a new creation, created in righteousness and true holiness. If we have denied the True Light, then the pseudo spirit of light will have place. For satan is not some character in a red devil's suit with horns. Paul writes:
"And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." II Corinthians 11:14
Satan appears as an angel of light. But we must come to the True Light. Many who believe they are walking in the light are being deceived by the angel of light which is true darkness. They have shunned the light of the Gospel and have settled for an easy, man-made order that looks like the real light, but will not produce life. God has given us many safeguards to guard us from the pseudo light. We need to know the pitfalls if we are to walk with our God in His True Light.
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." Ephesians 5:11
Many walk with those whom they call friends, but they are not the friends of God. Many are laboring under the misapprehension that, by doing those things of darkness and going to those places where the light of God does not shine, they can be a witness of the True Light. The only thing they are witnesses of is that they do not truly believe the Word when it says, "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness."
In the past, we have all been part of the unfruitful works of darkness. Paul recognized this in his letter to the Ephesians:
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." Ephesians 2:2
Those who walk in the ways of the world are the children of disobedience. They are disobedient to God's Word, His ways and the True Light that shines in a dark place.
"And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:5
The True Light has come. The word comprehend is the Greek word KATALAMBANO. It does not mean to understand as we would understand the word comprehend. Rather, it means "to lay hold unto, or to grasp or seize, to appropriate in our lives." Those who are dwelling in darkness have not taken hold of the knowledge given in the Word to deal with this alien power in their walk. This is not referring to the unsaved, but those who are called by His name. Many recognize the darkness and choose the darkness rather than desiring the True Light.
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19
Those who do not have a repentant heart before God will justify their sin and their wickedness and they will stand before God and flaunt their sin. Jeremiah the prophet spoke of these:
"Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?" Jeremiah 7:9-10
God is tired of the false praise and the unrepentant heart. He is also tired of satan receiving credit for what He is doing in our lives. He informs us in Hebrews:
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him." Hebrews 12:5
We are not to despise the chastening of the Lord. He is dealing with us as children. And yet, when some of us are chastened or are going through a trial, we begin to cry out and ascribe our testing as an attack of satan, when it is God trying to get our attention to change what is undesirable before Him in our lives.
"For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." Hebrews 12:6
There is no sonship without chastening. Many want a rose strewn path that is all down hill; no chastening, no trials, and no persecution. Yet, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ revealed:
"The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord." Matthew 10:24
We are His disciples and He is our Lord and our example. Did Jesus get through this life without any hardships? No, He learned obedience by the things that He suffered, Hebrews 5:22. Luke recorded Jesus' words:
"The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master." Luke 6:40
If we are to be perfect, we must be as our Master. And our Master was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, Isaiah 53:3. Paul certainly understood suffering when he wrote to Timothy. He made us a promise:
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." II Timothy 3:12
If we live godly lives, we will suffer persecution. This is beyond the chastening of the Lord. When Christians are chastened or persecuted, they begin to cry out, "Satan is so mean to us." They need to get in the prayer closet and repent. We are admonished by Paul:
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." Romans 13:12
We must cast off the works of darkness in our lives. To do this we must repent and operate in the power that God has given in His name and through His Spirit. We can be free of all satan's influence in our lives, if we, as Jesus, state that satan has nothing in us.
Many have opened themselves up to demonic activities in the use of drugs, alcohol, adultery, lying, stealing, homosexuality, and uncleanness in their lives. Those who have opened themselves up to demonic activity and do not know how to do spiritual warfare, need to get to a Spirit-filled person who has the gift of discerning of spirits and get it taken care of so they may go on with their walk in God.
Every Spirit-filled Christian should be a deliverance minister and should be able to pray in the spiritual realm in power and authority to set the captives free from any and all spiritual depression. But, all too often, they have not been taught, or they have fear of stepping forward to use the power that Jesus has put in His name. Some do not even believe the spirit of darkness exists and would think it foolish to try to deal within the unseen. Therefore, they shrink back from any confrontation with the realm of darkness. Paul admonished:
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are Spiritual restore such an one in the Spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." Galatians 6:1
If a brother be overtaken in a fault, it means to be overcome and they fall into error and fall away. Many times, but not always, it is because of the spiritual activity in their lives. They do not know how to deal with the spirit of darkness. This is especially true of children and new converts. It is so necessary for those who are Spiritual, those who are endowed with, walk in and experience the power of the Spirit of God in their lives, to restore, or to minister restoration to those who are not able to do the spiritual warfare necessary to free them from the hold that satan has in their lives.
We, then, are admonished to be Spiritually sensitive to those who are unable to fight in themselves until they are taught and trained to use the power of God, to become free from satan and his whole spiritual realm of darkness.
Today, there is much talk about deliverance and spiritual warfare. Many books have been written. Most are pure fancy and at best they are figments of someone's imagination. This type of writing is called fiction, and all fiction are lies. The intended purpose may be good, but it is not reality. And that which is not reality cannot produce life and comes from the father of lies.
These type of books may be exciting to read, and certainly interesting. But his kind of knowledge is damnable. We may find ourselves as the sons of Sceva in Acts 19:13-16 if we try to apply knowledge in any situation without the power of God.
When Jesus cast a deaf and dumb spirit out, the Pharisees accused Jesus:
". . .This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." Matthew 12:24
". . . every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if satan cast out satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." Matthew 12:25-28
Satan has no power except that which is given him to act in the lives of men. This power to act can be given by the Lord Himself or by the individual. As we saw in Job, God can use satan to try us, to correct us and to bring us into a place where He can bless us and give us His double portion.
As we stated before, the individual can open himself to an attack of satan because of unrepented sin, or because he has become part of the unfruitful works of darkness and has let his Spiritual hedge down and has allowed satan free access.
We can be free from all power and influence of satan by repenting and turning from our sin and knowing the power in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit operating in our lives.
Jesus stated that when He sets you free, you are free indeed, John 8:36. Get free from all the wiles of satan. Put on the whole Spiritual armor of God and stand. Resist and give no place to the spiritual realm of darkness. We have the victory! Begin to operate in it.
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." I Peter 2:9
We have been called out of darkness!
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." I Thessalonians 5:5
God has set us free. We need to get free and be not entangled again with any yoke of bondage. You can "pull the teeth of the lion." God's Word states, "Dust shall be the serpent's meat." Dust is the old, Adam nature of man. If you are tired of satan chewing on you, then deal with the old, Adam, carnal nature and you will have pulled the lion's teeth. He can do you no harm if you have not given him place. As the Word proclaims, "Resist him and he will flee from you." Begin to extract his teeth in your life today and become victorious in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give