I clearly remember a dream I had not long ago. I could see my body lying on a bed of flowers. My calm countenance reflected the peace of an eternal rest. My lifeless body was resting, but I was floating higher, leaving it behind. I was experiencing a new sense of freedom. Absorbed in this exhilarating experience, I heard the Lord say, “Your body gives you authority on this earth, but only for a brief period of time.” Then I woke up.
The next day, as I reflected on this, I came to a realization: maybe I’m not looking at my physical body the right way. It seems our modern culture is obsessed with our bodies. Every day, we face a continual stream of messages that promise everything from the perfect abs to a life free from wrinkles. It seems almost impossible to escape these messages. Even when I wait in line to pay for my groceries, my eyes are drawn to the covers of magazines. Without realizing it, I start comparing myself with the perfect models. My messy ponytail and old sweatshirt are no match for the beautiful bodies, glowing with tans. When I arrive at the grocery store, my goal is usually to get the ten things I need without forgetting anything. But by the time I get to the cashier, I feel my problem is much bigger. I think to myself, I don’t even have the right body to walk on this earth!
But God’s Word says something different. It says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14). The words God spoke to me in that dream, reminded me of the real significance of the human body.
Andrew’s teaching The Word Became Flesh gives the right perspective on this. He says, “Even though God is almighty, He is almighty in the spiritual realm. In the physical realm, He gave control and dominion over the earth to physical human beings.”
Psalm 115:16 says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord‘s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.”
God gave the earth to people for them to manage it. Andrew goes on to say, “In a sense, when He released this control and dominion, He limited His own intervention in this world because He doesn’t have a physical body.” That’s why when Adam yielded to Satan and obeyed him, he made him the god of this world. To overcome the devil, God had to become a man with a physical body. The Word (Jesus) became flesh (John 1:14) and “led captivity captive”(Ps. 68:18). He restored the dominion and authority we had lost.
Demonic spirits don’t have physical bodies. That’s why they need to work through people. Andrew says that “a slug has more authority than the devil” because it has a physical body. “And of course,” Andrew continues, “humans have the greatest authority of all because of our body.” What a great revelation!
The moment our spirits leave our bodies will be a liberating moment! But for now, we need to remember that our bodies have a very important mission in this life. It doesn’t matter if we’re short or tall, if we have gray hair or no hair, our bodies are marvelous creations. They were created with a divine purpose: to give us the right to rule and reign in this life with Christ Jesus (Rev. 5:10). So, give yourself a hug, and go out and make the devil flee!
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