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Command 14 : Seek God's Kingdom | Day 98

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The "unthinkable" happened only one time in more than 40 years of presenting Basic Seminars! More than 8,000 people gathered at the St. Paul Civic Center. Just before the opening session, three of us gathered for prayer. After I prayed, God reminded me that I had forgotten to ask Him to bind Satan from causing any disruption. I had hoped that one of the other men would cover this important point, but no one had!

We finished praying just moments before the session was to begin, so I quickly walked out onto the platform and started teaching. About 20 minutes later, I heard footsteps behind me. It was an official from the civic center. He asked for the microphone and announced that everyone must evacuate the building because they had received a bomb threat! Was there a connection?

Those who deny the reality of Satan are like boaters who deny the current as they are drifting toward a waterfall.

The babies were crying, the dogs were howling, and the women were talking when missionary Otto Koning arrived to preach the Gospel to a gathering of natives in Papua New Guinea. He realized that he had forgotten to bind Satan, and told the chief to keep the group assembled while he went outside for a few minutes.

He went to the edge of the jungle and told Satan that he must leave, quoting several Bible verses that applied to the situation he was facing. As Otto exercised his kingdom authority, based on his position in Christ, he heard the noise die down.

What made the difference? Satan was disabled through kingdom authority. Many times Otto found that when he exercised kingdom authority, natives who had previously been unresponsive to the Gospel would tell him "We can hear you now" and would "take the hand of Jesus" in response to the message of salvation.1

The world is not impressed with an ineffective God, but will fear Him when they see His power.

Some of the most important journaling you can do today is to use kingdom authority and record the results. If Satan is not opposed, he will be free to accomplish his deadly agenda. He will blind the spiritual eyes of unbelievers so they cannot see the glorious light of the Gospel of Christ. (See II Corinthians 4:4.)

Satan will harden the hearts of unbelievers and believers. (See John 12:40.) He will deceive with lies and half-lies. He will appear as an angel of light to deceive, if possible, the very elect of God. (See II Corinthians 11:14.) He will do whatever he can to destroy believers or diminish their effectiveness and thereby hinder the work of God. We must realize that we are in mortal combat with a relentless but conquered foe, and we must learn how to resist him using kingdom authority so that he will flee from us! (See James 4:7.)

On this basis, let's exhort each other to seek first God's kingdom and to walk in a manner worthy of God, Who calls us into His own kingdom and glory. (See I Thessalonians 2:12.)

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1. This account is given by Otto Koning in The Snake Story video and is available for purchase from our Online Store.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

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