I heard something which I want to share with you… in the passage (Luke 10:17-19) below it says “I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents” and this is said to the 70 who He sent out to heal the sick.
1NOW AFTER this the Lord chose and appointed seventy others and sent them out ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to come (visit).
9And heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come close to you.
17The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!
And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. – Luke 10:17-19
When you read this passage consider that what the overall message is this: “I have given you the authority to ADVANCE the Kingdom BY trampling on serpents etc.”
The reason He chooses you and I and sends us out is to ADVANCE the Kingdom of God by trampling over the works of the enemy (sickness, divorce, addiction etc.). What if pornography and war ceased – as it will – and our cities were safe because of Jesus Christ’s work on the cross?
He promised that the gates of hell will not be able to withstand us as we trample that kingdom. He is expecting you and I to trample hell… and He promised that it’s gates will not withstand us when we do so in His Name (representing all that He is).
Think it through. He gives us power to trample hell NOT because an anti-Christ is going to come and rule and make things so bad that God has to rescue us by rapturing us. I rebuke that logic in Jesus’ Name.
Instead, He gives us authority and power in order to trample serpents and to advance the Kingdom of God through the power in His Name, to set the captives free!
Wage the good warfare
Make no mistake, you are expected to “wage the good warfare”
This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them (the prophecies) you may wage the good warfare – 1Ti 1:18
The point is to advance… and we advance by trampling serpents… how do we trample the enemy’s kingdom? By believing what Jesus Christ did on the cross.
What did Jesus Christ do on the cross?
You trample in His Name… so it’s important to grasp what scripture says about Jesus Christ. What did He do on the cross?
The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29
Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil — Heb 2:14
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross]. – Col 2:15
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:8
but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed deathand has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. – 2 Tim 1:10
That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. – 2Co 5:19
What would your life or marriage or city be like if you could trample those things and everyone around you – including yourself – was set free from the devil’s work?
What if you don’t have some of these things?
For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. – Heb 4:2
You are hearing in these scriptures about Jesus Christ’s work on the cross. UNLESS you combine these scriptures with your faith, you WILL NOT BENEFIT from what He did.
Trample serpents and advance the Kingdom of God
Trample serpents and advance the Kingdom of God BY combining what you hear with your faith. BELIEVE what scripture says about yourself, your family, your city, your country, your continent, your world.