“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19
The authority that Jesus is talking about in Luke 10:19 is not brute force power. It’s delegated power, much like a policeman possesses. When a policeman steps out in front of traffic and holds up his hand to stop it, he’s not stopping cars and trucks with his own brute strength – he’s stopping them with the delegated authority that comes from wearing the uniform. He’s backed by the law.
That’s the authority you have in Christ. You’re not stopping the forces of darkness (sickness, fear, evil, lack) with your own strength – you’re stopping them with the delegated authority given to you by God in Christ. You’re backed by all the power of God.
Let’s take it to our everyday lifestyle. We are all aware of the authority the first Male child has in the house even if he’s not the first born *OR* The authority our elder brothers or sisters have over us in the family, as a female, sometimes you may want to watch Zeeworld or Africa magic but if your elder brother(s) want to watch Premier league games in football, my sister you have no choice ooo,its either you join them to watch it even if you are not a football fan or you go out to chat with your friends. They command that authority without fighting.
The moment you gave your life to Jesus christ,you have become a new creation(rebirth). You have been given authority and power but most of us are so so ignorant of this and we allow the devil and his cohorts to torment us, our family and loved ones. There’s a popular saying that ” If the value of something is unknown, abuse is inevitable ”. The devil knows you have the authority but if you are ignorant or you fail to use it,its nobody’s fault but yours. Once we are a new creatures in Christ Jesus, we inherit the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we can use it in prayer against the enemy.
Jesus christ our perfect example teaches in the synagogue with so much authority. Luke 4:32 says, “They were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.” He knows what power he yields and he manifested that in his ministry on earth. He is expecting the same from us because we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus, so therefore whatever authority or power he has, we also have the same likewise.
Trust me, you can never know what power or authority you have over devil,the power of darkness and his agents if you don’t stand up and exercise it. Don’t be afraid of them because he hasn’t given us the spirit of fear but of boldness. Command and resist the devil and he will flee from you and your family because Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
The armor and the weapons are at your disposal. God is there with you to back His Word; but all 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!
Question of the day: Are you living in the power and authority God has given unto you?
*** Remember: If God is all you have,you have all you need. You are sons and daughters of God.
Prayer: Father in the name of Jesus Christ, we adore and glorify you for opening our inner eyes to the privilege of authority we have in you. We ask and pray that the enablement to exercise our full authority in you over every power of darkness in our life, grant unto us IJN.
Have a great and glorious day.