Our Authority As Christians
We have authority in the name of Jesus!! It’s up to us to exercise that authority through all that we do. God has called us to do His will on the earth and to do it we need to know the authority and power we were given in the name of Jesus. He has given us his name and we have the Word of God to use to exercise the God given authority that we have. Authority over your household, business, family or anything else that God has called you to do.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” – Genesis 1:28
To “rule over” something is to have absolute authority and control over it. God has ultimate rule over the earth and he delegated some of that authority to us. He expects us to take responsibility over the environment, other creatures that share our planet. When you look at all of creation, humans are the only creatures who are capable of having this type of authority.
Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. – Jeremiah 1:9-10
In Chapter 1 of Jeremiah, God called him and appointed him as a prophet over the nations. Jeremiah, had doubt in his heart about the authority that God has given him then this verse that I just read followed. What we have to remember from this chapter is that God has called us to do a specific task in the earth. In walking out that call in your life, God has given you authority in that area. For example, if God called you to be a singer or musician, you have authority in that area. If he called you to be a accountant, he has given you authority in that area. And this authority is to pull down anything that is not of God in that area and to establish and build up his kingdom.
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. – Luke 9:1-2
This is an example of how Jesus led his disciples, He gave them specific instructions to empower them so they knew what they should do and sent them out. He speaks the same to us today. He will speak to you and empower you to go in His name and authority and bring deliverance to those who are captive.
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. – Luke 10:17-19
Jesus sent out the 72 and they came back sharing the great authority that they were able to exercise over the enemy. We too have power over the enemy, however, we need to guard against pride and not let this authority get to our heads. It is not because of us but it is God’s ability working through us that we have power to drive out demons.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7
This verse is an example of the authority that we have over the devil. It shows us that if we want him to flee from us all we have to do is resist him. God has already defeated satan and with the Holy Spirits power we can resist him and he will flee from us.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. – Matthew 11:12
One interpolation of this verse is that Gods kingdom takes courage, unwavering faith, determination and endurance because of the growing opposition leveled at Jesus. But, as we stand on the Word of God, we can forceful advance it using the Name of Jesus with authority.
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4
If someone doesn’t have Jesus in their heart it is easy to be overcome by the evil in the world. As Christians, we do not need to be afraid of what is in the world. We have Jesus living in our heart, the Holy Spirit living in us to guide us and the ability to hear Gods voice in our hearts. For this reason we are greater than whatever can come out of the world.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 18:19
This is the authority that we have as believers on this earth. If two or more believers, filled with the Holy Spirit will pray according to Gods will, their request will be granted!
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. – 2 Chronicles 20:21-22
In these verse, Jehoshaphat shows us the power that we have in worship when the enemy comes against us. No matter how many enemies come against you from any side, When we worship God and give thanks, we can overcome and be victorious in any situation.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
This was written by Paul the apostle, and like Paul we are just weak humans without God… But we don’t need to use human plans and methods to win our battles. Gods weapons are mighty and are available to us to fight against satin. Paul wrote here that Gods weapons, prayer, faith, hope, love, Gods Word, and the Holy Spirit are powerful and effective against the enemy.