Freedom | Confronting The Rebel Prince

Freedom | Confronting The Rebel Prince
Lee Reams

FREEDOM | 5 | CONFRONTING THE REBEL PRINCE LINK TO VIDEO TEACHING LINK TO TEACHING PDF

BONDAGE BREAKER SERIES | REVIEW

A | ALWAYS BE FULL OF JOY IN THE LORD Philippians 4:4

B | LET EVERYONE SEE THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERATE IN ALL YOU DO Philippians 4:5 NLT

C | DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING Philippians 4:6-7 NLT 6 

D | FIX YOUR THOUGHTS Philippians 4:8 NLT

E | PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE (EXPERIENCE) Philippians 4:9 NLT

OUTLINE | YOU CAN WIN THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND

Introduction | Jesus Wins | Temptation in the Dessert | Luke 4:1-12

His Authority

CARRYING THE BADGE OF AUTHORITY | Luke 9:1-2

The Right and Ability To Rule | Matthew 28:18,19 NLT

Pulling Rank Luke 10:17 NLT

THE RICHES OF OUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST | Ephesians 1:1-13

In Christ | Ephesians 1:1-13

The Depth And Breadth Of Authority | Ephesians 1:19-23

Authority Conferred | Ephesians 1:19-21

Qualified For Kingdom Work

FREE FROM FEAR | 2 Timothy 1:7

Not Fear But Power, Love, Self-discipline

Introduction | Jesus Wins Every Time | Temptation in the Dessert |

COMMENTS |

ANDERSON | When we boldly and humbly exercise the authority that Christ has conferred upon us over the spiritual realm, we experience the freedom we all have in Christ. Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 88). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Luke 4:1-12 NLT 1 Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. 3 Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’” 5 Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7 I will give it all to you if you will worship me.” 8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” 9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! 10 For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you. 11 And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” 12 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

CARRYING THE BADGE OF AUTHORITY | Luke 9:1-2

COMMENTS | Power and Authority

Luke 9:1-2 NLT 1 One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. 2 Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

THE RIGHT AND ABILITY TO RULE | MATTHEW 28:18-20

COMMENTS |

Matthew 28:18-20 NLT 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

AUTHORITY | Jesus gave His disciples both authority and power over demons. What’s the difference? Authority is the right to rule; it is based on a legal position. A policeman has the right to stop traffic at an intersection because he has been commissioned by the state which has civil authority (Romans 13:1-5). Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:18,19). Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 77-78). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

POWER | Power is the ability to rule. A policeman may have the authority to stop traffic, but he doesn’t have the physical ability to do so. However, you would be able to stop traffic if you moved a 20-foot-square cement block into the middle of the intersection, because it has the power even though you may lack the authority. Believers have both the authority to do God’s will because of their position in Christ, and the power to do God’s will as long as they walk by the Spirit. “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10). Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 78). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

PULLING RANK | LUKE 10:17

COMMENTS |

Luke 10:17 NASB 17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

ANDERSON | “The disciples said, “the demons are subject to us in Your name” (Luke 10:17). “Subject” (hupotasso in Greek) is a military term meaning “to arrange under.” It pictures a group of soldiers snapping to attention and following precisely the orders of their commanding officer.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 79). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

ANDERSON | “Spiritually defeated Christians don’t seem to understand this, however. They see God and His kingdom on one side and Satan and his kingdom on the other side as equal and opposite, and they see themselves stuck in the middle between the two, like the rope in a tug-of-war. On some days God seems to be winning, and on other days the devil appears to have the upper hand. And they don’t seem to have anything to say about who wins the battle.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 79). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

ANDERSON | Spiritual authority is not a tug-of-war on a horizontal plane; it is a vertical chain of command. Jesus Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18); He’s at the top of the chain of command. He has given His authority and power to His servants to be exercised in His name (Luke 10:17); we’re under His authority, but we share it for the purpose of doing His will. And Satan and his demons? They’re at the bottom, subject to the authority Christ has invested in us. They have no more right to rule your life than a buck private has to order a general to clean the latrine.Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 79-80). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

THE RICHES OF OUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST | Ephesians 1:1-13

COMMENTS |

THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF AUTHORITY | EPHESIANS 1:19-23

COMMENTS |

AUTHORITY CONFERRED | EPHESIANS 1:19-21

COMMENTS |

EPHESIANS 1:19-21 NLT 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.

ANDERSON | Paul is saying that Christ’s power and authority has been conferred on “us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). Paul has already explained that God’s supreme act of power and authority occurred when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the heavenlies far above all other authorities (1:19-21). After parenthetically alluding to the sinful state in which we existed prior to salvation (2:1-3), Paul continues his central theme of Christ’s authority as it relates to us: “God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus” (2:4-6). Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 83). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

ANDERSON | “Furthermore, when God seated Christ at His right hand and conferred on Him all authority (Ephesians 1:20,21), He also seated us at His right hand (2:6) because we are “together with Christ” (2:5). The moment you receive Christ, you are seated with Him in the heavenlies. Your identity as a child of God and your authority over spiritual powers are not things you are receiving or will receive at some time in the future; you have them right now. You are a spiritually alive child of God right now. You are seated in the heavenlies with Christ right now. You have the power and authority over the kingdom of darkness and to do His will right now.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 83-84). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

ANDERSON | “If Satan is already disarmed, why don’t we experience more victory in our lives? Because the father of lies has deceived the whole world. Satan roams around like a hungry lion, looking and sounding ferocious. In reality his fangs have been removed and he has been declawed, but if he can deceive you into believing that he can chew you up and spit you out, you will live as though he can.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 84). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

* FOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR LIVING IN AUTHORITY AND POWER OF CHRIST |

QUALIFIED FOR KINGDOM WORK |

1 BELIEF | EPHESIANS 1:19

EPHESIANS 1:19 NASB 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might

ANDERSON | “Paul talks about “His power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19 emphasis added). Imagine a rookie traffic cop approaching a busy intersection to direct traffic for the first time. They told him at the academy that all he had to do was step into the street and hold up his hand and the cars would stop, but he’s insecure. He stands on the curb, tweets his whistle weakly, and sort of waves at an oncoming car, which just roars by him. His authority is diminished by his lack of confidence. Now imagine a seasoned officer doing the same thing. He sizes up the situation, steps into the street carefully but confidently, blows his whistle, and stretches out his hand—and the cars stop. There’s no doubt in his mind that he’s in control in that intersection, because he has the authority to direct traffic.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 85-86). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

ANDERSON | “In the spiritual realm, if you don’t believe you have Christ’s authority over the kingdom of darkness, you’re not likely to exercise it.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 86). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

COMMENTARY | The power of belief…as one reads the bible it doesn’t take long in the gospel of Matthew to see the power of belief. In Matthew 8:5-13 we find Jesus coming face-to-face with a Roman Centurion who held great belief in the authority of Jesus Christ. So much that after their encounter the Roman Centurion’s servant was headed and Jesus was quoted as saying, 10 “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 11 I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.

This act of disbelief is contrasted by Jesus’ encounter with people from his hometown in Matthew 13:57-58. Because of their disbelief he said this, “57 And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”

This is the truth of the matter. What we can clearly see is that our belief doesn’t change who Jesus is nor his authority or power. But what it does do is negatively impact our experiencing His demonstration of that power in our lives. Belief does in fact give us confidence and trust in the fact that Jesus will always do what he says he will do and that his power if his choice to display or not to display. The enemy knows this all to well, which explains why disbelief is the “secret sauce” to turn people away from the saving knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2 HUMILTY | PHILIPPIANS 3:3, JOHN 15:5

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ANDERSON |Humility is confidence properly placed. Humility is like meekness, which in the case of Christ was great strength under great control. In exercising our authority, humility is placing confidence in Christ, the source of our authority, instead of in ourselves. Like Paul, we “glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). Jesus didn’t shrink back from exercising His authority, but He showed tremendous humility because He did everything according to what His Father told Him to do. Pride says, “I resisted the devil all by myself.” False humility says, “God resisted the devil; I did nothing.” Humility says, “I assumed my responsibility to resist the devil by the grace of God.” Apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5), but that doesn’t mean we’re not supposed to do something. We humbly exercise His authority—in His strength and in His name.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 86). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

PHILIPPIANS 3:3 NASB 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, “Humility is confidence properly placed.”

JOHN 15:5 NASB 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

COMMENTARY | The importance of humility can not be underestimated…I believe that Anderson says it very well.

3 BOLDNESS | PROVERBS 28:1, REVELATION 21:6-8

PROVERBS 28:1 NASB 28 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.

REVELATION 21:6-8 NASB Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

ANDERSON | “It is the mark of a Spirit-filled Christian to be strong and courageous. Joshua was challenged four times to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6,7,9,18). “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1). When the early church prayed about their mission of sharing the gospel in Jerusalem, “the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). Spirit-inspired boldness is behind every successful advance in the church. “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 86-87). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

4 DEPENDENCE | EPHESIANS 5:21

EPHESIANS 5:21 NASB 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

ANDERSON | “The authority we’re talking about is not an independent authority. We have the authority to do God’s will, nothing more and nothing less. We don’t charge out on our own initiative like some kind of evangelical ghostbusters to hunt down the devil and engage him in combat. God’s primary call is for each of us to focus on the ministry of the kingdom: loving, caring, preaching, teaching, praying, and so on. However, when demonic powers challenge us in the course of our pursuing this ministry, we deal with them on the basis of our authority in Christ and our dependence on Him. Then we carry on with our primary task.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 88). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

FREE FROM FEAR |

2 TIMOTHY 1:7 NASB 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

ANDERSON | When we boldly and humbly exercise the authority that Christ has conferred upon us over the spiritual realm, we experience the freedom we all have in Christ. Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 88). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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