Do Christians have authority over satan and demons?
The answer is unequivocally, YES! Through the shed blood of Jesus, we have victory over all the powers of darkness. The Assemblies of God has a great article on their website that helps us understand much about spiritual warfare: http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/topics/sptlissues_spiritual_warfare.cfm
Here is a list of Scriptures that I found that relate directly to this issue: Matthew 10:1, Matthew 10:8, Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17-18, Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Revelation 12:11, James 4:7, Matthew 4:1-11, 1 Peter 5:8-9, Luke 9:1, Romans 13:12, Matthew 18:18, Ephesians 4:27
As you may have read from the AG article, there are some people who take spiritual warfare to an extreme and create fear in people about satan's works. There is no need for a believer to fear the powers of darkness. We are already victorious over satan and all the powers of darkness. We have to educate our minds to what the Word of God says, and then live our lives in the authority that the
Word provides us. I firmly believe that the only power that satan has over us is the power we give him by not living according to the truth of God's Word. The Word tells us to STAND against the powers of darkness (Eph. 6:11, 13, 14). This is what we are commanded to do when we feel attacked by the enemy. When we stand on the Word of God, God fights for us!
This passage in Ephesians talks about praying also, but we pray to God, not to satan. Our prayers are to be directed toward God. We can speak truth to satan and his demons and they will flee, but we don't need to let our lives be consumed by speaking to demons. Paul spoke to a demon (Acts 16:18) in the name of Jesus. He told the demon to come out of a girl and the demon left her at that moment. Demons cannot possess Christians so we don't need to speak to satan or demons in our personal Christian walk because they have no power or authority over us. The only thing we would need to say to them is, "The Word of God says, [quote a passage of Scripture]." There is nothing else that we are commanded to say in Scripture other than this. Jesus modeled this for us in Matthew 4:1-11. He did
exactly what the Bible says to do in James 4:7, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
We have complete spiritual authority because of our position as Christians. We have been bought by God with the blood of Jesus. We are His and He will protect us.
by David Crissman