A Power Corrupted and Profane
The miraculous force of God's power at work through the Holy Spirit is called, dunamis power. However, there is another force at work and it is the opposite of dunamis power: It is the cross-weakened, corrupted and profane power of the devil.
“You were the anointed cherub who [g]covers,
And I placed you there.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
“You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
[g]Ezekiel 28:14 Or guards
All power in heaven and earth came from God. We tend to think that there is God’s power and that there is the devil’s power and that they came from separate places. No, it all came from God. There is only one power in heaven and on earth and that is God’s power. God gave the devil limited power as a created being – as one of His angels. When he was cast out of heaven, the devil was the “anointed cherub”. He was a created being - beautiful, entrusted with guarding the most holy sites and blameless in his ways.
We know that the devil had power. He was given the honor of protecting the things of God. Yet the devil chose to use that power for his own gain and he lost his position.
Now, the devil uses that same God-given power for his own evil intent. This is why there is a tiny grain of truth in all false things. God’s power and truth are so strong that they can’t be nullified even by false beliefs. Where do the psychics, the mediums, the Buddhists, the Hindus, etc. get their power from? It is a corrupted form of the same power of God. If the Holy Spirit is not involved, it is the same power that the devil was left with. Every kind of power in heaven and on earth originated from God. The devil can claim no power of his own – only a corrupted form of God’s gift.
This is also why God’s power is always stronger than lyrics in a song or movies or anything else that the devil could be involved in. I think that many Christians like to go around and tell others not to listen to this song or that movie, etc. because “the power of the devil is in it”. While I understand the sentiment and agree that it’s a waste of time to give our attention to something that glorifies the devil, real, true Christians can’t be lured away from Christianity by movies, songs, preaching, etc. We know the truth and we’ve already been redeemed by Jesus. The power in us is far, far greater than the power in those other things. So real, true Christians are not affected, slowed or stopped by the power of the devil. He is a mere blip on our radar screen. He has power but the power that is available to us is much stronger and greatly effective.
Why would we want to be a part of anything that has a grain or two of truth when we can have the full meal with the power and the Holy Spirit, the ultimate bearer of truth?
“By the abundance of your trade
[h]You were internally filled with violence,
And you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God.
And I have destroyed you, O [i]covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire.
[i]Ezekiel 28:16 Or guardian
The power of the devil became corrupted when unrighteousness was found in him. He was cast out as profane and destroyed. Even his beauty was taken away as the Bible says later, (in verse 19), that people were appalled to look at him. He was no longer pure or of God. He still had power but was impossible to be used for good in the way that it was created to be.
Here is a very important point though: The devil’s power did not (and does not) become greater. It doesn’t increase. Deception increases. The devil has always been able to lie his way into leverage against the children of the world and the children of God. The understanding of this truth will set many people free!
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil
If the devil is trying to tell us that he is more powerful, that is a lie. He is trying to deceive us by using God’s own power against us. We have more of God’s power available to us in our little finger than the devil could dream of but we have to know and understand that it is the power that Jesus won on the cross and not our own power.
The devil had the power of death and sin but he has been rendered powerless by Jesus. The dunamis power of the resurrection was so great that all of it was crushed and broken. The devil can never regain his power over sin and death now that the power of grace has been released. There is no more power in sin and death. We don’t have to fight it. Our faith and His dunamis power - along with the Holy Spirit - take us to the place of victory and keep us there!
May the Holy Spirit move and flow freely in you as you minister to others wherever you are on this earth. I pray the dunamis power and the blessing of the Holy Spirit on each of you today. He has big things planned for you!
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