May 4th, 1991
"I Give You Power Over All the Power of the Enemy"
Bro. Joe Daniel
We must examine ourselves like C.T. Studd used to
do, as to how much of the Scriptures we are not fulfilling. The Lord gives us a
blank cheque. "I give you power over all the
power of the enemy" Then how can the devil have power over us? Very often
we are not really keen or determined about personal victory. What a failure
that is! If we do not have victory in our own hearts, how can we help others?
Victory consists in perfect love. Love worketh no ill
to the neighbour. Love is the fulfilling of the law.
Lust is selfish. Lust is of the flesh. That which is of the flesh is flesh and
that which is of the Spirit is Spirit. If your heart and mind are engaged in,
"How can I glorify God, how can I hallow His name?" then the devil
has very little chance to attack you in the flesh. Why? You are fulfilling the Lord’s prayer, "Hallowed by Thy Name." I feel our
faith is very very low. Some of you may think the
Fellowship is very big and we are doing a great deal. I feel we have not done
much. Demon powers, idolatrous powers have still such a control over many
nations. Jesus said, "I will give you power over all the power of the
enemy." We are failing in binding the powers of the enemy. In America,
in India and in
Germany we are
not binding the powers of darkness. It shows lack of faith on our part. That
night in Egypt,
the powers of darkness were completely bound. They could not touch the
Israelites--not even one family among them. May be God would have put it in His
Book, if one family did not come under the blood. But we have no such record.
The angel of death had no power over the children of Israel.
That is the power of the blood. Why are we not seeing more of such power? Why?
I think that we have no desire to be partakers in the sufferings in Christ. You
may ask, "Well, where is that in the Scriptures?" Phil.3:10
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;"
Amazing! Some of the Chinese Christians, African Christians, how much they have
suffered for Christ! We have experienced nothing like that. St.Paul
says, he wants to have the sufferings of Christ, even
to the degree of likeness to His Master in His death. We should not simply want
to suffer for the sufferings’ sake. The love of comfort, the love of easyway, these block our spiritual growth. We are not ready
to do great exploits for God. Every country and society has its acceptable
norms. You must finish your degree, you must pass creditably, you must get a good job. Then you must own a nice house. You
must marry a girl who also has got a good job. When both of you are earning,
you will be very happy. These are the guide-lines society
impose on us. Some of our brothers are doing part-time work, so that
they can use the other half of their time for God’s work.
London is a busy place and great
distances. We have to get a book-stall in London.
In the market, twice a week our books and Bibles are sold. Yesterday, it was
very cold in London. Our brothers
stood there in the cold and they sold books and Bibles in the open market. We
need a centre in England.
If we want to send money to England
our Government will not allow and the Rupee has no value. If we send
one-hundred rupees it will not be even 3 pounds. Everywhere without money in
pocket, I go to look for places for our centres, even
in London. What is the promise?
"I will give you power over all the power of the enemy." This promise
is for India,
for China and Bangladesh.
We have done nothing for Bangladesh.
But in Shillong we are very close to Bangladesh.
Thousands have lost their lives in the recent tidal waves. Is that not a
terrible thing! How much do we feel for Bangladesh
as we read the headlines in our papers. Read the Bible
more. Then your heart will become tender. If you read more of the newspaper
your heart will become harder. What a sad thing! "I will give you power
over all the power of the enemy." We are not yet
people ready to say, "Lord, we also want to have fellowship in your