OUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY (2)

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” Luke 10:19.
In the last issue, we learnt that the devil became the god of this world after Adam’s disobedience in the garden and ever since, the devil had plagued man with diseases and death. But thanks to God who sent Jesus Christ in the image of man to secure man’s authority through His death and resurrection and that now we have been joined with the Lord being His body and every power is now under our feet.
Jesus says in Luke 10:19, “I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. Although the word “power” is used twice in this verse, two different words are found in the original Greek. ” What Jesus actually said was “I give unto you AUTHORITY to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the piower of the enemy… ” In speaking about “serpents and scorpions,” Jesus is talking about the power of the devil, demons, evil spirits, and all his cohorts. We need to realize that we’ve got authority over them! Does the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ have (or need) any less authority today than it had in the first century? It would be preposterous to think so, wouldn’t it? The value of our authority rests on the power that is behind that authority. God Himself is the power behind our authority! The devil and his forces are obliged to recognize our authority! The believer who thoroughly understands that the power of God is backing him can exercise his authority and face the enemy fearlessly.
Authority is delegated power. Policemen who direct traffic during the rush hour just raise their hands and the cars stop. These men don’t have the physical power to stop the vehicles if the drivers choose not to stop. But they don’t use their own power, but the authority that is invested in them by the government they serve. People recognize that authority and stop their cars. Blessed be God, there’s authority that’s vested in us by the Lord Jesus Christ! Paul told believers to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might (Eph. 6:10). That means you can step out in front of the devil, hold up your hand, and tell him not to come any closer.
One of the most vital areas of the believer’s authority is his power to successfully stand against Satan. In Ephesians 6:10-17, the Apostle Paul describes the armor that we as believers are to wear in combat against the devil. He explains each piece of that armor. It is the armor of God. But not once does he say that God will put the armor on you or that God will fight the devil for you. You is the understood subject of these verses. He says, “[You] be strong in the Lord…. [You] put on the whole armour of God, that [you] may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [You] take the whole armour of God, that [you] may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, [you] stand.” God has given you the power and the authority to stand against Satan and his destructive works. He has provided the armor, but it is your responsibility as a believer to put on that armor and stand against the devil. James 4:7 says, “[You] resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The armor and the weapons are at your disposal. God is there with you to back His Word; but all that is worthless unless you take your position of authority and assume the responsibility to use what He has provided. You have the power and the authority to take the Word of God, the Name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit and run Satan out of your affairs. Don’t pray and ask God to fight Satan for you. You are the one in authority. Take your responsibility and speak directly to Satan yourself and stand your ground firmly. He will flee!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” Ephesians 6:10. Many people read that verse and think the Lord is telling them to be strong in themselves. But the Scripture doesn’t say a word about being strong in yourself. It says to be strong in the Lord. “I don’t know whether I can make it or not,” people say. Certainly you can make it. Don’t even think about it. Be strong in the Lord. Be strong in the power of His might, not your power or might. 1John 4:4 says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” ‘He that is in the world’ is Satan, the god of this world and the ruler of principalities, powers, and of the darkness of this world. But the power that’s in you is greater than the power that’s in the world, because the power that backs our authority is greater than that which backs our enemies.
Therefore, exercise your authority over the devil, give him no place, resist him steadfastly and live above his destructive influence.
In the next issue, we will continue this study considering how to function in our authority over prevailing circumstance.
FURTHER STUDY: James 4:7, 1Peter 5:8-9, Ephesians 4:27.
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Shalom!

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