I used to wonder, in my ignorance, why the Master, when He achieved the victory over sin, over Satan, over death, why He didn't clean the whole thing up, why the old devil should be free these two thousand years? If Christ were Victor, why not make the victory instantaneous everywhere? Well, there is a very simple reason. I said He was our Substitute. We were given the mastery of the earth, but lost our mastery; He came down to win back what we had lost. We had lost our life; He gave it back through His own life. We lost our mastery of ourselves; it comes back through Him and His marvelous Holy Spirit; in the fruit of the Spirit — you remember, the ninth item is self-mastery— He came down to win back for us our mastery of the earth, the place where we were made under-masters for God. He is our Substitute. He has won the dominion of the earth back. "All authority has been given unto Me in Heaven and over the earth." "Now," He says, "take what I have won for you."
When our missionary friends go back into a village in South Africa where a man sits possessed by a demon, remember this — and it serves as an illustration for every other place of the sort in varying degrees — remember this: that bit of ground belongs to man on behalf of God, to be held for Him. It was lost through disobedience; it was stolen away by the traitor-prince. But the Lord Jesus Christ is Victor, and anyone going in Christ's Name has the right to step over on that ground and say, "I take, in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Substitute, my Saviour and my Master, I take this bit of the earth, by the authority given unto me over all the earth; I take this bit of the earth, that my Master has won, back, in His Name; and I take the lives of these precious men and women and children, whom my Master has given His own life's blood for."
But the taking must be as deep as your life; it must be as intense as the opposition. Satan is a stiff fighter; he doesn't give except what he must; the taking must be definite. Prayer must always be definite. Satan does not give until he must. He is a mighty stiff fighter. Prayer must be persistent. The taking must be as insistent as the enemy is persistent, and just a bit more; and that's where the fight comes. The man whom you are tying to win for God— maybe in London, maybe your loved one, maybe in North Africa, in South Africa, wherever he is — that man whom you would have come to Jesus Christ belongs to Him through His victory. You take him in Jesus Christ the Victor's Name, and insist on taking, and the rest will always come. The new spelling, the Calvary spelling, of ask, is T-A-K-E, in Jesus Christ the Victor's Name.