believer wrote:One time on a fifth Sunday, the Bishop spoke to the joint R.S. & Priesthood meeting. He told us that when Joseph Smith had the first vision, and seemed to be overcome by the power of evil, but because of the power of Heavenly Father and Christ, the evil power left, Joseph Smith did not have the priesthood at that time. So, if we do not have the Priesthood (sisters or children), we have as much power as Joseph did at that time. Anyone with a body has more power than Satan. However, if we allow evil in, then we are giving away our power to Satan.
I think that if we realize this fact, we can be more confident, and not be afraid. In another post I told of the little girls who were about to be sacrificed in a satanistic ritual. The little girls held hands, and sang "I Am a Child of God." The Lord protected them, and made those who were participating in the ritual unable to see the little girls, thus saving their lives.
We need to always live so that we can have that kind of protection. Then , whether we live or die, it is unto the Lord.
I agree with what you are trying to say here, but there is a part that I want to clarify. Us having power over Lucifer because we have bodies is not in effect now. From what I have learned it is in reference to outer darkness that those that have bodies will have power over Lucifer then. Now we don't have that kind of power over him just
because we have bodies.
Father is the one that does not allow him that power. We rebuke Lucifer in the name of Jesus Christ, not by the power within us. He is not allowed to destroy us for it is not Fathers will. We do not rebuke Satan Christ does. Through our faith he has no power over us. We have nothing to fear for the Lord shall protect us. We can rebuke evil spirits including Lucifer through pray and holding up our right hand and rebuking them in the name of Jesus Christ. But even then it is a battle to get him to leave. If he does not want to leave Christ has to be the one to make him go. Example below of Moses.
I agree with what you are trying to say here, just I felt it was important to clarify that part. I read it before here and was going to comment. It is said quite often in the church.
Moses could not cast out Satan out with out the Lords help.
L. Edward Brown, “‘Pray unto the Father in My Name’,” Ensign, May 1997, 78
"Moses had learned something about himself. He was a son of God. Oh, how important it is that our children be reminded of this truth. And Moses commanded Satan to leave, but to no avail. And Satan was angry. Moses again commanded him to depart, and Satan cried and ranted upon the earth, again refusing to leave (see Moses 1:18–19).
Moses then realized that he had a major challenge on his hands. This was no ordinary person. He was fearsome, angry, and powerful. Moses wanted no part of this and commanded boldly, “Depart from me, Satan, for this one God only will I worship, which is the God of glory. And now Satan began to tremble, and the earth shook” (Moses 1:20–21).
Here was a power that was dark and bitter. How could Moses withstand such? In this great moment of crisis, “Moses received strength, and called upon God, saying: In the name of the Only Begotten, depart hence, Satan” (Moses 1:21). He now appealed to a power beyond his own. He tapped into a source of strength and authority through the Lord Jesus Christ, a power which Satan could not defy. “And it came to pass that Satan cried with a loud voice, with weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth; and he departed hence, even from the presence of Moses, that he beheld him not” (Moses 1:22)."
As this says Lucifer is very powerful, you must appeal to the power beyond your own for help. We can not cast him out by our own power. That in no way should make us not feel safe, we are very safe in the Lords hands.
I agree when we sin we yeild our power to him to have influnence over us. We give him power over us. We let evil in.