Spiritual authority

My dream:

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.” Soon after this dream, the Covid crisis started and since then I have had many opportunities to use my authority in Christ.

Now the word authority means delegated power or the right to use the power that belongs to someone else. I now want to look at some important verses in the Bible regarding our authority in Christ:

Matthew 28:18“All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me, go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  This implies that if Jesus has all authority, then the devil has no authority and has been stripped of his authority. The authority that Jesus has given to us, gives us the ability to do that what He has called us to do. 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. We do not have to be afraid of anything the devil does! This also implies that if we do not use the authority that Jesus has given us, the devil will harm us. Therefore, we must use the authority that Jesus has given to us.

Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” The church that Jesus is building is a victorious church that is advancing against the gates of hell. Therefore, God did not call the church to be in survival mode and defend itself against the powers of darkness, but to destroy the powers of darkness. The powers of hell may hinder us but they cannot stop us! That is why the Bible says in Hebrews 10:13 that Jesus is “waiting until all His enemies are made His footstool.” Jesus is waiting for the church to rise up, use her authority and conquer His enemies.

Luke 9:1, “One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. (NLT version) We also notice that Jesus gave them power and authority. To be effective for the Kingdom of God, we must be filled with the power of Holy Spirit as well as use our authority in Christ. Jesus has given to us authority and power over ALL demons and ALL sicknesses. Therefore there no demon or sickness that is greater than the authority and power that God has given to us

Furthermore, we release the anointing of the Holy Spirit by using our authority in Christ. We have an example of how Paul, being filled with the Holy Spirit used his authority in Christ in 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.”

Example of Jesus and His disciples in a storm:

Jesus and his disciples were in a boat in a storm. Jesus was asleep, the disciples began to panic and woke Him up as said to Him in Mark 4:38“Don’t You care that we are perishing?” We read in verses 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 and how is it that ye have no faith?” Instead of taking pity on them, Jesus rebuked them for their lack of faith. This implies that He actually expected them to stop the storm! In the same way, as we face the storms of life, God expects us to use our authority in Christ and stop these storms.

Jesus said in Mark 11:23, “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.”  We are responsible to move our own mountains because we have been given the authority to do so. Therefore, instead of speaking to God about the problems that we face, it is better to speak to the problems about God. For example, it is better to use our authority in Christ and command sickness to go than to ask God to remove the sickness!

Five keys to  our authority in Christ:

Firstly, we have authority because of our POSITION in Christ:

Consider the following scriptures: In Ephesians 1:20-21 we read that that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in the place of highest authority. Ephesians 2:6 says that we have been raised together with Christ and made to sit together with Him in heavenly places. We are therefore, also seated with Christ, at God’s right hand, in a place of highest authority. In Revelations 1:6, it says that, “He has made us kings and priests to His God and Father.” Furthermore we read in Romans 5:17, that we shall “… reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

Therefore, we must have a royal mentality, the mentality of a king. Kings do not ask or beg but they make decrees and commands. We are not on earth, pleading with God in heaven to do something for uson earth, but from our position of authority in Christ, we rule over the affairs on earth. Jesus who is our example, said in John 20:21,As the Father sent Me, I send you!” When Jesus was on earth He never asked the Father to heal the sick perform miracles. He simply acted like a king, used His authority and commanded the miracles and healings to happen. That is why Jesus did not tell His disciples to pray for the sick, but to heal the sick.

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 devil and his demons have no legal authority over us. His laws do not work in Jesus’ kingdom! So if the enemy comes to us and says, “Have some sickness, fear, worry, etc.” We can simply rebuke him and declare, “I no longer live in your domain, therefore I refuse to receive anything from you!”

Secondly, we have authority when we SUBMIT to  God’s authority:

It is not only our position that is important, but our obedience and submission to God. It was disobedience that caused Adam and Eve to lose their authority in the garden of Eden. It was Jesus’ total obedience to His Father, that regained the authority that Adam and Eve had lost and now He has “all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18)

The Roman Centurion understood the importance of being under authority when he said to Jesus 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 knew that Jesus was under the authority of the Father, therefore He could take authority over the sickness of his servant. 

In James 4:7 we read, “Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you.” We first submit, then we resist. Therefore, when we submit to Jesus, His word and His delegated authority, we will have confidence to exercise our authority in Christ against the devil and his domain. This is also confirmed in 2 Corinthians 10:6: “Having a readiness to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” Our obedience gives us the confidence to take authority over the disobedience caused by the powers of darkness.

Thirdly, we have authority because of the NAME of Jesus.

The Bible says in Philippians 2:10 that Jesus “has a name above all names and at His name, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” 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 have the example when Peter and John healed the lame man in Acts 3:6.  Peter said unto him, “Silver and gold I have none, but what I do have, I give unto you, in the name of Jesus, rise up and walk!” What did Peter have? He had authority in the name of Jesus. What did Peter give to this lame man? The healing miracle that he needed. When Peter later explained this miracle in Acts 3:16 he said, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong…” We have a mighty and powerful name, the name of Jesus, and as we use that name, we release the power of the Holy Spirit to do signs, wonders and miracles.

There was once a certain pastor who one day went to his church building to pray. While praying, he saw a large demon in the building. He ordered the demon to leave, but nothing happened. He then commanded the demon to go in the name of Jesus. The demon replied, “I don’t want to go, but I have to go,” The demon then left. Demons have to obey the authority that we have in the name of Jesus. Therefore, devil is not afraid of us, but he is afraid of the One whom we represent when we use His name! We have great authority when we use the name of Jesus, we must use it!

Let me give you an illustration: Imagine two little girls playing together after supper. The mother tells the older girl, “you must tell your sister to go to bed at nine o clock!” At nine o clock the older girl says to the younger, “you must now go to bed.” The younger ignores her and continues to play. At this the older girl stomps her feet and says, “mamma says so!” At this the younger sister stops playing and promptly does what her older sister says because the older sister spoke “in the name of mamma.” Therefore, when we use the name of Jesus, it is as if we say, “Jesus said so!”

Fourthly, 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. The Roman centurion understood this when he 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 is released through the words that He speaks.

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 speak the word of God 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 release His power.

The spoken word of God activates the invisible angelic realm. We read in Psalm 103:20, that the angels, “… do His word, heeding the voice of His word.” God gives us His word, but we must give a voice to that word. When we do so, angels are mobilized to act on our behalf. We also 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, and when it was proclaimed, the armies of the enemy had to flee.

Fifthly, 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 doorposts of their houses. As they did so, the ‘destroyer’ would pass by and not enter into their houses and kill their firstborn. In the same way, if we apply the Blood of Jesus, it protects us from the attacks of the enemy. Therefore, we can apply the blood of Jesus to various areas of our lives.

I once heard about a farmer who was having problems with foxes that were killing off his chickens. 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 2 Peter 2:24 says that, “by His stripes we were healed.”We can therefore say, “I am healed because of the stripes of Jesus!”Ephesians 1:7 says, “We have been redeemed by the Blood.We can therefore say; “the enemy has no legal claim on my life anymore.” Romans 5:9 says, “… being now justified by his blood.” We can therefore say, “I am totally forgiven and the enemy can no longer accuse me!”  There are other scriptures that we can also use.

Finally:

It is important to realize that although we have authority over the powers of darkness, we do not have authority over people because God has given to man a free will.  Therefore, although we cannot exercise authority over people, we can pray for them and take authority over  the demons that work through them and in them.

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.  People are not the enemy, but the powers of darkness that operate through them.

Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:10, “Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In the original Greek, this is not a request but a command. We can read this verse as follow, “Come kingdom of God, be done will of God. We can do this over every situation we face and over every area of our lives. Our authority in Christ is a huge subject and is one of the greatest keys to experiencing the blessings of God and influencing this world for Jesus. Amen.