HOW TO BECOME PUFFED UP…


Luke 10:17-20 – “The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.  19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.  20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”  NASU

Now some may wonder about my title and even ask, “Why would I want to know how to become puffed up?”  Hopefully you wouldn’t, but I feel the need to sound a warning that if we focus on the wrong thing, the lesser in importance, or anything that might open the door for the devil to suggest – “You are something” we are in danger of becoming puffed up and that is seriously dangerous.

Jesus had commissioned seventy and sent them out two by two and when they came back they were in awe of the power of God and what they had been able to accomplish.  They said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name.”  If you will grant me a little leeway here I’d say they came back with their chests poked out having experienced the euphoria and adrenaline rush that comes from seeing the power of God move, as I and many of you have. 

They were able to take authority over demonic spirits in the Name of Jesus and saw amazing results.  Jesus, knowing the hearts of men and all things, said, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven…”  As they were ministering He was watching Satan being brought down.  He further said that He had given them authority over all the power of the enemy and that they were afforded divine protection.  They were in a position and condition to do mighty things spiritually in the Kingdom.  But Jesus suggested that was not the most important thing to focus on.

Jesus said in verse 20 – “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”  That keeps it in perspective and helps one to remain humble and yet productive in the battle with demonic forces.  It continually reminds one that it is not we that are doing this but God.  It is not our goodness, strength, spirituality or anything else but GOD through which we exercise this ability and power.  We are more than conquerors through Him that loves us – JESUS!  It is in Jesus Name, Jesus Power, and as a result of Jesus’ sacrifice that we have Authority over the Power of the devil. 

So to help us avoid becoming puffed up and thinking more highly of ourselves than we should but maintaining the authority and power of God to combat the forces of hell we should always keep the focus on the source of our salvation and authority.  As we do that we will humbly stand before God and boldly combat the forces of hell with no fear of falling to a puffed up spirit.

May God be with you as you go through your day!

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