Inhibitor #2 Ignorance
Walking in God’s Authority
In Hosea 4:6, God declares, “‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.'” The Lord showed me that His people are being destroyed by the ignorance of their authority in Christ. Yet the Bible makes it clear that we are not powerless against the enemy.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 states, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
Many believers tend to see the cosmic struggle through the lens of the Asian philosophy of yin and yang, which contends that good and evil forces are opposite each other but equal in power and authority. In reality, Satan is a loser. He is a created being, one of God’s fallen angels.
God, on the other hand, is the uncreated Creator who always has been and always will be–He is self-existent. To a believer who is walking in God’s authority, Satan is like a toothless lion. It is not that Satan doesn’t have some real power–he does. But when we compare his power with God’s–there is no comparison.
When David confronted Goliath, Goliath compared his physical prowess with David’s. Goliath was insulted that the Israelites would send a mere shepherd boy against him.
However, David didn’t compare himself with Goliath; he compared Goliath with God. God was so much greater than Goliath that the match was over before it had a chance to begin (see 1 Sam. 17:41-50).
In observing God’s people, I have noticed that way too many of us tend to be ignorant about the source of evil. Satan, not God, is the cause of all the evil in the world. When we have a warped perspective of the sovereignty of God, we become passive in fighting sickness and evil.
After the historic 9/11 tragedy, I was amazed to discover how many people attributed the terrorist attacks to God’s judgment. The Bible tells us that Satan–not God–is the one who comes to kill, steal and destroy (see John 10:10) and that we are to put on the full armor of God and stand firm against the evil one (see Eph. 6:10-18).