The importance of understanding our authority is foundational to our lives as believers in Christ. Imagine you have a $20 bill stuck in a pocket of a pair of pants, but you don’t know it’s there. Because you are unaware of it, you won’t use it, and it won’t do you any good.
This is similar to our authority. If we don’t know that we have it, we won’t use it, and can therefore unknowingly walk around in bondage!
One definition of authority is “delegated power.” It’s power that is granted to someone else by someone who is IN authority.
So clearly, the value of our authority rests on the power that is behind it. And that is really great news for us because the God of the universe is the power behind our authority.
Ask the Lord: “Father, as a believer, do I understand and exercise the ‘delegated power’ that you have given me? If not, why is that? And if so, how can I continue to grow in this?”
1 John 3:8 says that the purpose of Jesus coming to earth was so that He might destroy the works of the devil! The cross is where Satan was defeated. When Jesus died on the cross, it seemed like Satan was victorious over Him. But on the third day, Jesus rose from the grave and, therefore, triumphed over the enemy! In that moment, Satan was stripped of his authority. In fact, before Jesus went back to heaven, He actually said in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Then, Christ chose to give that authority to us, so Christ’s victory over the enemy is our victory when we are His!
When we choose to give our lives to Jesus, we share in His death, we share in His burial, we share in His resurrection, so we ALSO share in His victory! Ephesians 2:6 says, “For He (God) raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” So Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father – the seat of authority – and the Word says that we are actually seated with Him!
Ask the Lord: “Jesus, what does it look like for me to start standing in the authority that You have given to me? How can I begin to practically put to work the authority that You purchased for me?”
You will notice that there’s not a single time in the New Testament that the Church is told to pray that God would do anything against the devil. The believer is told to do something about the devil, because we have the authority to do it!
Galatians 5:1 says that “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!” So, when Jesus chose to face death on the cross and was resurrected, He purchased our choice to serve Him and spend eternity with Him, but He also purchased our choice to stand in our authority and experience freedom here on Earth!
There are so many believers in the church today that don’t know their authority and don’t know what they COULD do, so they stand by, allowing the devil to keep on doing whatever he wants to do in their lives. That is why there are so many Christians walking around in chains!
Ask the Lord: “Jesus, how well am I standing in my authority? Are there any changes You would like for me to make?”
Knowing your authority in Christ allows you to stand firm against the enemy, and it will also radically change the way you pray. When you understand your authority, you begin to understand that through prayer, you can make a declaration that whatever the Lord has PROMISED to you in His Word is yours!
We don’t pray FOR victory; we pray FROM a place of victory.
You demand fear and anxiety to leave you. You get after the enemy! When you make a decree over your life, you demand your rights as a son or daughter of God. And to be clear, we are not demanding of God when we demand our rights; we’re demanding of the devil what is OURS because God has promised it to us, and we have the authority to claim it!
Ask the Lord: “Holy Spirit, is there any area of my life that I need to begin to claim what is mine? If so, what?”
Job 22:28 says, “You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways
The first commandment that God gave to mankind in Genesis 1 was, “Be fruitful and multiply.” The thing about fruit on trees is that it’s not there to benefit the tree, but to benefit other people. You will pass on to others whatever it is that you carry – including the authority that you choose to walk in. God never gives us something just for us. It is always about the bigger picture and the fruit of our lives that impacts others. When you walk in your authority in Christ and live from the hope and joy and freedom that is your inheritance as His son or daughter, the lives of others will undoubtedly be affected by the overflow.
We have that you may take a hold of this opportunity and never look back Be Blessed in the name of Our Lord and King Jesus. Christ.