Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Fatigued by their long day’s march a small group of Christians arrived in an Indonesian village known for its occult practices. They were given a meal there, but they wondered whether the food might not have been poisoned. The atmosphere was tense; invisible powers seemed to be near and threatening. The Christians said, “Jesus told His disciples to eat all that was served them. So let us trust Him.” (cf. Luke 10:8). After the meal they held a prayer meeting, suddenly an inhabitant of the village appeared with the news: “Your food was poisoned by our sorcerer. You will certainly all be dead by dawn tomorrow.”
The Christians knelt down once again. They put their life in God’s hands and prayed that God might free the people in that district who were kept in fear and bondage by the sorcerer and demons from Satan’s power.
At about four o’clock in the morning a man suddenly emerged from the darkness. Full of terror he cast himself at the feet of those messengers for Jesus, crying out, “Save me! Save me! I am the sorcerer here. And I know that you will not be dead by dawn. I am the one who must die. The curse will be turned on me. Have mercy! Tell me what to do to be saved.” The Christians replied with Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” Now there are thousands of Christians living in that district.