OUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY (3)

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:12.
Thank God we have authority over such evil spirits through Jesus Christ. We need to understand what was been said here. We need to realize that we have authority through Christ. Our combat with the devil always should be with the consciousness that we have authority over him because he is a defeated, for the Lord Jesus Christ defeated him for us.
However, the authority of the believer is an aspect of the Christian walk that few believers know much about. Some think that authority over the devil belongs to only a few chosen people to whom God has given special power. It doesn’t; it belongs to all the children of God! We receive this authority when we are born again. As we are made new creatures in Christ Jesus, we inherit the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we can use it in prayer against the enemy.
But the devil doesn’t want Christians to learn about the authority of the believer. He wants to continue to defeat us anytime he wants. That’s why he will do everything he can to keep Christians from learning the truth about authority; he will fight us more on this subject than anything else. He knows that when we learn the truth, his heyday will be over. We will dominate him, enjoying the authority that is rightfully ours.
Ephesians 1:3 reads, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” The American Standard Version renders “all spiritual blessings” as “every spiritual blessing.” This means every spiritual blessing there is. In Christ, all spiritual blessings belong to us. Authority belongs to us whether we realize it or not. But just knowing this isn’t enough. It’s knowledge acted upon that brings results! It’s a tragedy for Christians to go through life and never find fulfillment. Did you ever stop to think about it: Salvation belongs to the sinner, Jesus already has bought the salvation of the worst sinner, just as He did for us. Yet the poor sinner, not knowing this, will have to go to hell even though all of his debts are cancelled! 2 Corinthians 5:19 will tell you that. By the same token, if Christians don’t know the things that belong to them, they won’t do them any good. They need to find out about what belongs to them. That’s why God put teachers in the Church. That’s why God gave us His Word: to tell us what’s ours. In the natural world, too, things can be ours, yet if we don’t know about them, they won’t do us any good.
Years ago I read about a man who was found dead in the small, shabby room he rented for $3 a week. He had been a familiar sight on the streets of Chicago for about 20 years, always dressed in rags and eating out of garbage cans. When he wasn’t seen for two or three days, concerned neighbors went to look for him and found him dead in bed. An autopsy revealed that he had died of malnutrition, yet a money belt found around his waist contained more than $23,000. That man had lived in abject poverty, peddling newspapers for a living, yet he had money. He could have lived in the finest hotel in town instead of that little, rundown room. He could have eaten the best food instead of garbage. But he didn’t use what belonged to him.
We need to know what belongs to us. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). In Hosea God says, “My people [not sinners, not the world] are destroyed for lack of knowledge….” (Hosea 4:6). People actually perish who wouldn’t have to. We need to know that we have authority over the devil and over every life’s circumstances.
Many Christians know nothing about the authority of the believer. They really don’t believe we have any authority. They believe they’re barely saved and they must go through life being dominated by the devil while living on Barely-Get-Along Street. They magnify the devil and his destructive influence more than the mighty power of God working in them.
Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father at the place of authority and we’re seated with Him. If you know anything about history, you know that to sit at the right hand of the king means authority. We died with Christ, and we were raised with Him. This is not something God is going to do in the future; He already has done it! No wonder Paul said, writing to the Romans, “For if by one man’s offence [spiritual] death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” Rom. 5:17. Several translations, including The Amplified Bible, say “reign as kings in life.” Are we just going to reign when we get to heaven? No! We’re to reign as kings in life by Jesus Christ. That’s authority, isn’t it? Whatever the king says is law; he has the last authority. We are to reign in life as king, gird your loins and function in your authority. Take charge of your environment and control all your life’s circumstance by the words of your mouth.
We partake of the authority that Christ’s throne represents. Some of us have exercised a little more authority over our life’s situations than others because we have a little more spiritual comprehension, but God wants all of us to have that spiritual comprehension and rule with His might. Therefore, exercise that authority, for it belongs to you on the earth, and in this life ye shall reign by Christ Jesus.”
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Shalom!

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