Yes, dear brothers and sisters, we really do have spiritual authority and that authority is what we use to overcome the enemy and all his evil ways and plans against us. But, what happens to those who are unaware of their spiritual authority? They’re open target for the devil to clobber them and kick out their spiritual brains and that isn’t funny!
Before we go on, let me define spiritual authority. It’s the authority that Jesus gave to us before He ascended back to Heaven. It’s the authority He gave us to rule and reign on this earth so that we really can be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath.
It’s the power of the Holy Spirit that we receive when we get the baptism with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. But, and I say but, you can’t use what you don’t know you have. Let’s talk about this.
Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV) 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Acts 1:8 (KJV) 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The word power in Matt. 28:18 is the Greek word exousia which means authority. The word power in Acts 1:8 is the Greek word dunamis which means explosive power. This means that Jesus gave us power and authority to go and do what He has commissioned us to do and that’s to preach the Gospel – the Good News that Jesus has already paid the price for all our sins and made a way for us to get back into relationship with our Heavenly Father. And we need His power and authority to accomplish what He’s called us to do. We have an enemy and we need spiritual weapons to enforce his defeat.
John 14:12 (KJV) 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Jesus never intended for us to do the works that He did by ourselves. He has given us His name:
Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Here’s how we use our spiritual authority:
We are to bind the devil and resist him in the Name of Jesus and he will flee, which means run in terror. Know this: the devil and his cohorts are terrified of those who know their spiritual authority and walk in it. Yes, he tries to deceive us and get us to back off of God’s Word, but if we don’t, we win! It’s really as simple as that. Simple, yes but it takes effort and diligence to stick with it. But if we do, we’ll see the victory.
John 16:24 (KJV) 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
The word ask means to demand. That means we make a demand on the promises of God, not on Him. We command the promises to manifest, to come into being. When we rebuke and resist the devil, we expect to see results.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
When we know and walk in our spiritual authority that the Lord has ordained for us, we won’t fear because we’ll know the truth and that truth that we know and walk in will make us free! Praise the Lord of Glory!
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.