“Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.”
– Luke 10:19
The Meaning of the word “authority” is delegated power. This power has been given to each and every one of us because of the blood Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary. When Jesus went into hell and defeated the devil, He took all authority that the enemy thought he had and transferred it over to us! You now have the Authority of God to stop the enemy dead in his tracks whenever you feel like he is coming at you in any way. This authority is yours, whether you feel like you’ve got it or not, because authority has nothing to do with feelings.
If I bought you a brand new Jet Ski and handed you the keys and title of ownership, the Jet Ski is yours even though you didn’t buy it. As long as you have those keys, you have the authority to ride the Jet Ski any time you want, even though you never did anything to obtain it. The authority we have in Jesus is the same thing because we don’t go by how we feel or what we’ve done. We just go by what we know, and that is that Jesus already paid the price for us on the cross. It’s up to you to exercise the authority that belongs to you every day! Just knowing this isn’t enough. It is the knowledge acted upon that brings results! You exercise this authority by speaking the Word toward what the enemy is attacking you with. Just like Jesus spoke to the enemy when He was being tempted–”It is written”–and the enemy had no more authority over Him.
When Jesus went into hell and defeated the devil, He took all authority that the enemy thought he had and transferred it over to us!
Use the sword of the spirit, the spoken Word of God, and put the enemy in his place: defeated!
Confession for today: “Holy Spirit, help me realize and utilize my authority in Jesus’ name over the enemy every time he tries to come at me and make me feel like I have no power to overcome him. Give me the power, by the Word of God, to walk in divine authority over every obstacle that would try to keep me from total victory in Jesus’ name!”
Seek Him First!