In the beginning of 2020 I had a prophetic dream. In the dream, I saw myself teaching in a school when suddenly out of the window I saw a huge tornado approaching. I walked outside and stood on a field to see what was happening. This tornado was very wide and strong and was destroying everything in its pathway. There were many fires caused by this tornado. This tornado was approaching towards me very fast and I realized that I could not run away from it. A thought then came into my mind, ‘use your authority in Christ.’ I then pointed at the tornado and commanded it to go in Jesus name. Suddenly to my surprise, the tornado just dissolved into thin air in front of me and was gone. I felt that the Lord was saying to me, “you have great authority in Christ, you must use it.”
Therefore, one of the most important words that God gave me this year, is the importance of using our authority in Christ. What is interesting, is that this year is the year 5870 on the Hebrew calendar, which means ‘speaking the word.’ Many prophetic people believe that this means, ‘declaration of God’s word.’ Therefore it is so important that we stand on the word of God and use our authority in Christ. I want to look at a number of important scriptures.
Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me, go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This now implies, that if Jesus has all authority, then the devil has no authority and has stripped of his authority by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, whatever we do for God, whether we preach or teach, or we pray for the sick, we must do so with the authority that we have in Christ.
Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power[ability] of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” There are two very important words in this verse. The first is the word ALL. We have been given authority over ALL the works of the devil, no matter how big and intimidating they may seem. The second is the word, NOTHING. Nothing shall harm us. This implies, that if we do not use the authority that Jesus has given us, the devil will harm us. Therefore, we need to put our foot done and resist him!
Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” God did not call the church to defend itself against the powers of darkness, trying to survive, but to take the initiative and advance against the powers of darkness. The church that Jesus is building is a victorious, aggressive and glorious church. If we do the will of God and use our authority in Christ, the powers of hell may hinder us but they cannot stop us! That’s why the Bible says: “Therefore submit yourselves to God; resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Luke 9:1, “One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples[a] and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. (NLT version) We notice here that they were given authority over ALL demons and ALL diseases. We also notice that Jesus gave them power and authority. The power is the anointing of the Holy spirit. Therefore, we release the anointing of the Holy Spirit by using our authority in Christ. To be effective for the Kingdom of God, we must be filled with the Holy Spirit as well as use our authority in Christ.
We have an example of how Paul, being filled with the Holy Spirit, used his authority in Christ. We read Acts 13:9-11: “… Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “… you (the sorcerer) shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him.”
It is important to use our authority in Christ. Often we wait for God to do something for us, instead of using our authority in Christ and commanding the miracles to happen. We read about Jesus and his disciples, how they were in a boat in a storm. Jesus was asleep in the boat, the disciples began to panic and woke Him up as said to Him, “Don’t You care that we are perishing?” We then read in Mark 4:39-40, And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”
Jesus’ reaction was unexpected, instead of taking pity on them, He rebuked them for their lack of faith. This implies that He actually expected them to stop the storm! Many of us are like this today. We experience the storms of life, and instead of using our faith and authority to stop these storms we are crying out to God to stop the storms for us. In some circumstances, if we do not use our faith and authority, nothing will happen.
Mark 11:23-24: “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (verse 24) Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
We notice that we have the word, THEREFORE between these two verses. This implies, that in order to pray effectively, we must use our authority and remove our mountains. It is our responsibility to do so and not God’s responsibility! Unfortunately, many are asking God to remove their mountains instead of using their authority in Christ and moving their own mountains. Furthermore, in order to move the mountains we must SPEAK to the mountains and not to God about the mountains. If we do so, we will see far more miracles in our lives.
We have authority because of our position in Christ:
The Bible says that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in the place of highest authority (Ephesians 1:20-21) and that we have been raised together with Christ and made to sit together with Him in heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6) In Christ, we are seated at God’s right hand, in a place of highest authority. Furthermore the Bible says that, “He has made us kings and priests to His God and Father.” (Revelations 1:6)
Therefore, we must have a the mentality of a king. Kings do not ask or beg, but they make decrees and exercise their authority. We are therefore, not on earth, waiting for God to do something for us from heaven. But we are seated at God’s right hand in Christ, in the place of highest authority reigning over the affairs on earth. Jesus our example, said, “As the Father sent Me, I send you!”(John 20:21) We notice that He never asked the Father to heal the sick and or to perform miracles. He simply acted like a king and commanded the miracles to happen.
The Bible says in Colossians 1:13, ”He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” We have already been transferred out from the devil’s domain into the Kingdom of Jesus. In this kingdom, the laws of the devil do not work and he has no authority and power over us at all.
Let me give you an illustration. I live in Russia and as a South African I have to carry my documents with me all the time. A policeman can stop me at any time and demand to see my documents. When I return to South Africa, I can go around without my documents. Can you imagine if that same policeman meets me in South Africa and demands to see my documents, I would simply say to him, “get lost, your laws do not work in this country.”
In the same way, the enemy tries to make demands on us as if we are living in his territory. “Have some sickness, fear, worry etc.” We principles not longer work in the “ kingdom of the Son of His love!”
We have authority when we are be under authority:
It is not only our position that is important, but our obedience and submission to God. It was the disobedience that caused Adam and Eve to lose their authority in the garden of Eden. It was Jesus total obedience that regained the authority that Adam and Eve had lost. In Philippians 2:8 we read that “Jesus became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,…”
The Roman Centurion understood this when he said in Matthew 8:10, ““For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes;…” He understood that Jesus was under the authority of the Father, therefore, He could take authority over the sickness of his servant.
In the book of James we read, “Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) We first submit, then we resist. Therefore, when we are submitted to God’s authority, we can have authority to resist the devil. Therefore, submitting to the Lordship of Jesus, His word and His delegated authority, will give us confidence to exercise our authority in Christ.
We have authority because of the name of Jesus.
The Bible says that Jesus, “has a name above all names.”(Philippians 2:10) When we use His name, we represent Him. That is why Jesus said in Mark 16:15-17, “… In My name they will cast out demons;… they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
We do not ask God to heal the sick, but we use the authority of Jesus which is released through His name and we command the sickness to go. We have the example of Peter when he healed the lame man. he said, “silver and gold I have none, but in the name of Jesus, rise up and walk!”(Acts 3:6) What did he have? He had authority in the name of Jesus. When Peter later explained the miracle he said, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong…”(Acts 3:16)
I read the testimony of a certain pastor who one day went to Church to pray. While praying, he saw a large demon in the building. He ordered the demon to leave, but nothing happened. But when he used the name of Jesus, the demon replied, ” I don’t want to go, but I have to go,” The demon then left. Therefore, devil is not afraid of us, but he is afraid of the One whom we represent! We have great authority when we use the name of Jesus.
To illustrate this, imagine two little girls playing together after supper. The mother tells the older girl, “you must go to bed at nine o clock!”At nine o clock the older girl says to the younger, “we must now go to bed now.” The younger ignores her and continues to play and then asks her why. At this the older girl stomps her feet and says, “mamma says so!”At this the younger girl submits and goes to bed because the older girl spoke in the name of mamma. Therefore, when we use the name of Jesus, it is as if we say, “Jesus says so!”
We have authority because of the word of God:
We have the example in Matthew 4 when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness. At each temptation Jesus simply just said, “It is written.” God’s word carries God’s authority. In Psalm 119:89 we read, “forever, Your word is settled in heaven.” God’s word is His final authority.
We have the example of the Roman centurion who said to Jesus in Matthew 8:8, “But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” He recognized the authority that Jesus had, and that his authority was released through the words that he spoke. In Job 22:28 we read, “You shall declare (or decree) a thing, and it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.”
Prayer is good, but sometimes we need to declare the promises of God, and command our miracles to happen. Many people want God to do something for them, instead of using the authority given to them in Christ and speak His word with authority.
Ephesians 6:17 says that the word of God is the “sword of the Spirit.” So when we declare the word of God, we put a sword into the hands of the Holy Spirit to fight on our behalf. Furthermore, the word of God releases angelic activity. We read in Psalm 103:20, “Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.” God gives us His word, but we must give a voice to His word. When we do so, angels are mobilized to act on our behalf.
We read in Psalm 68:10-11, “The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaimed it: Kings of armies flee, they flee.” God gave the word, it was proclaimed it, and then the armies of the enemy fled.
We have authority because of the BLOOD of Jesus.
On the night of the Passover, the children of Israel had to take the shed blood of a lamb and apply it to the doors of their houses. If they did so, the ‘destroyer’ would pass by and not enter into that house. In the same way, when we apply the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God to our lives, the devil and his demons cannot influence our lives. Just as they sprinkled the blood on the doorposts, we are to do the same by declaring the blood of Jesus over various areas of our lives.
I once heard about a farmer who was having problems with foxes that were killing off his livestock. One day a pastor came to visit him and suggested that they placed the protection of the Blood of Jesus around his property. They agreed together in prayer and declared, “In Jesus name we place the protection of the blood of Jesus around this property and draw a bloodline around this property.” The following morning the farmer found many dead foxes lying on the boundary line of his farm.
We read in Revelations 12:11, “They overcame him (the devil) by the Blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, not loving their lives unto death.” We also release God’s authority when we testify what the Bible says the Blood does for us. For example, the Bible says that, “by His stripes we were healed.” (2 Peter 2:24). “We have been redeemed by the Blood.” (Ephesians 1:7) Which means that the enemy has no claim on our lives. There are many other scriptures that we can use.
Finally, we read in Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. It is important to realize that people are not the enemy, but the powers of darkness that operate through them.
Therefore, we cannot exercise authority over people, but over the demonic spirits that control them. We cannot violate a person’s free will. We can pray for them, or we can resist the demons that work through and in them. Jesus taught us to pray, “let Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) Let us therefore, rise up and use the authority that God has given us and change our personal worlds. Amen