If the Church is Exhibit A of God’s grace and power and authority, guess what? We should be good exhibitors of His, showing off His power and authority over the world, the flesh, and the devil. We should be exercising Christ’s authority, because we are seated with Him above the principalities and powers that are causing our problems in the first place. We learned from Psalms 8 and Hebrews 2 that man was created a little lower than the angels. We are the lesser; angels are the greater. But hold on. When Jesus Christ rose from the the dead and seated us with him in heavenly places, We took a giant step upward. The angels are now watching the church in order to understand the manifold Wisdom of God. But I think the angels are doing more than just watching us. Now that we have been raised with Christ far above all principalities and powers, the angels are under our authority. That is a principle we have run into before. When you respond to God, and your response is consistent with His Kingdom agenda, angels my act on your behalf. Put very simply, many of us don’t get angelic help because we don’t understand that the angels are waiting on us to respond to God We are in the drivers seat, so to speak, When it comes to exercising God’s authority in spiritual warfare. We have been raised with Christ. Therefore, the church should be demanding its territory back from Satan. He’s like a squatter who is illegally occupying ground he shouldn’t be occupying. But Jesus Christ has issued Satan an eviction notice. It’s time for the devil to get off of the property. Jesus has sent the church to deliver the notice and evict the squatter. Jesus provided all of the legal authority we need to overcome Satan. Our job is to exercise that authority to invade Satan’s territory, declare to him what the eviction notice says, and put his furniture out on the street. The law has a provision called a restraining order, an order forbidding a person to get too close to you. The cross of Jesus Christ is your restraining order to keep Satan off your back so you can live in light of who Christ is and who you are in Him. But that means you are going to have to declare, God, I am going to demonstrate, not just talk about , what it means to follow you. I am going to act on what you said, by calling on your authority to set me free from whatever binds me and exhibiting your power in the world. Tune in next week for more of God’s powerful word.