Luke 10:19 (NKJV) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Lately I have been pondering the word take. I have noticed than when Jesus broke bread at the last supper, it was the first word He said (Mt. 26:26, Mk. 14:22, & Lk. 22:17).
Since this was the first word out of Jesus every time communion has been recorded in Scripture, I see this as a trend. Whenever I notice a trend in Scripture, I ask the Lord for revelation.
The verse I was led to is the verse at the top of this post. When I looked at the context of the Scripture (Lk. 10:1-20), I realized something very interesting.
Jesus sent a group of followers into the cities to heal the sick and spread the message of the Gospel (v. 9). These people were not requesting healing or prayer for themselves---they were fulfilling a purpose for God.
Jesus said, "All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you"
(John 16:15). As a child of God, I am equipped with all that God has. I do not need to go where the enemy wants me to go, I can choose the place of battle. I can spend my time taking instead of defending, and doing the work of God.
The Bible says in Hebrews 10:36 "For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise." This means when I stay focused on the will of God in my life, the enemy is no threat. God promises, "With long life He will satisfy me, and show me His salvation"
(Psalm 91:16). That is a wonderful promise.
The verse at the top contains two messages. God has given me authority to crush the enemy, and I do not have to worry about my self---the enemy can not hurt me.
I am taking all that God has for me and using it to take from the enemy. When I do, I receive the promises of God.