The Authority of Jesus Christ. How does one acquire and use it?
It is our wish and prayer that all true Christians who are living with An Enduring Faith, also live and operate their lives under or IN the authority of Jesus Christ.
Mat 24:13 But he who endures to the end, the same shall be kept safe.
All that endure to the end shall be kept safe. Endure in Faith. Live with An Enduring Faith. Endure until it is the appointed time for us to brought home.
Living and operating under the authority of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit should be a goal of every true Christian. It is the ultimate of An Enduring Faith.
1Jo 4:4 You are of God, little children, and you have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Before we get into the discussion lets define what we are talking about.
Do all saved true Christians have authority over the natural and spirit world? Yes, but so many of us do not know how to use it.
When a person is saved and is filled with the Holy Spirit do we automatically receive this authority? Yes. But it usually needs to be activated. We can ask for an anointing from God that activates the gifts we have been given. This is often done by the placing on of hands and the prayers of another anointed Christian believer.
Authority-taken from Dictionary.com
au·thor·i·ty – uh-thawr-i-tee, uh-thor-]
noun, plural au·thor·i·ties.
1. the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.
2. a power or right delegated or given; authorization: Who has the authority to grant permission?
3. a person or body of persons in whom authority is vested, as a governmental agency.
Synonyms for authority.
1. rule, power, sway. Authority, control, influence denote a power or right to direct the actions or thoughts of others. Authority is a power or right, usually because of rank or office, to issue commands and to punish for violations: to have authority over subordinates. Control is either power or influence applied to the complete and successful direction or manipulation of persons or things: to be in control of a project. Influence is a personal and unofficial power derived from deference of others to one’s character, ability, or station; it may be exerted unconsciously or may operate through persuasion: to have influence over one’s friends. 3. sovereign, arbiter.
The following are some of the authorities or powers that are given to those who are members of the family and Kingdom of God, along with some of their bible references. The following gifts are available to all baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit believers in Jesus Christ.
- Authority to communicate with the Father (Heb.4:14-16; 10:19-21)
- Authority to communicate with Jesus Christ (Rom.8:33-34; Heb.7:25; 1.John.2:25-26)
- Authority to request things of the Father (John.15:16; 16:23-26)
- Authority over evil spirits (Mark.16:17; Acts 16:16-18)
- Authority over the physical universe (Matt.21:18-21; Luke.9:54)
- Authority to heal (Mark.16:18; Acts 3:1-6; 5:15)
- Authority to govern the church (Acts 15:1-32; 1 Cor.1:10; 5:1-7; 2 Thess.3:6)
- Authority to proclaim the gospel (Matt.28:19-20; Mark.16:15; Acts 1:8)
- Authority over life and death (Acts 5:1-15; 1 Cor.5:3-5; Rev.11:3-5)
- Authority to resurrect the dead (Acts 9:36-42; 20:6-10)
- Authority to bring a curse on the wicked (Acts 13:8-11)
- Authority to baptize into the Family of God (Matt.28:19-20)
The above list is very impressive. With and under the authority of Jesus Christ many or all of our human problems can be dealt with.
There are certain authorities and powers that are only given to the spiritual leaders of the elect. There are many gifts and authorities of spiritual powers given to the entire body of Christ. The Lord hands out powers and authorities as He determines.
Not everyone receives all of the attributes of the authorities or powers (1.Cor.12:1-12), but each of the elect of God is given what they need, by the Holy Spirit, in order to successfully fulfill God’s purpose for them. See Matt 7:7-11; 1.Cor 12:8-10; 13:1-13; James 1:5; 2Peter.1:5-8; 1John.5:14.
Many of us have been gifted with authorities and powers that we do not realize we have and are not using. What a terrible shame. If a person has a specialized authorization, such as those of a prophet, evangelist, or the discernment of spirits, that person is expected by God to use these authorities as God intended.
The scriptures do not reveal exactly how each person is made aware of the spiritual gifts they have been given. But those who have been given these special know that they have them. How? By revelation from God or by asking the Lord to reveal them.
Moses was told by God himself (Ex.3:15-22; 4:1-9); Elisha the prophet was told by Elijah the prophet; Christ told his disciples (Mk.3:14-15; Matt.28:19-20);
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name they shall cast out devils;. . . they shall lay hands upon the sick, and they shall recover” (Mk.16:17-18 KJV).
In the book of Acts, we see that Peter used the power and authority that he had been given over the natural laws of this world, to heal a man who had been lame from birth:
“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; . . . then Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed to them, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold I have none; but such as I have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise and walk” (Acts 3:1-6 KJV). See also Acts 3:16.
Peter used the following words. The exact words are very important.
“Such as I have, I give you“. This statement makes it very clear that Peter had the authority and power to heal the sick. When Peter said,
“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise and walk“,
he was not only announcing by whose authority he was healing the man, but he was also commanding the healing by the authority and power of Jesus Christ. On his own Peter was powerless.
Act 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
In order for spiritual warfare to be effective the believer must be in a position of surrender or submission to God and His ways. The believer’s heart should be in a state of repentance and a thorough examination of oneself should have been done before you attempt to use it. The spiritual health checklist request form, located at the bottom of this page, should actually be the first thing one does before conducting spiritual warfare. Every Christian needs to get their own house in order before we have true Positional Authority. I strongly advise you to fill out the download request form, located below, and get your free copy of the “Rapture ForeWarning Advisory” today. Use it to determine if your own house is in order. I encourage you to not skip this part. A healthy relationship with the Lord is the solid ground upon which we stand when conducting spiritual warfare.
In the hands of a true believer, with a repentant and surrendered heart, one can truly see the mountains be moved. The enemy moved back. Victory over evil claimed.
Putting the Authority into action.
It is important for all of us to understand that operating IN or under the authority of Jesus Christ caries with it a responsibility. It is never to be used for our own devises or purposes. It is only to be utilized for promoting the kingdom of God or helping a member of the body of Christ. The only exception, and it really isn’t an exception, is when the Holy Spirit puts it on your heart to heal or spiritually help someone, including yourself, for health , safety and well being. Many souls have been won because of signs, wonders and Godly miracles. It is never to be done for our own glory or self edification, or out of our natural spirit.
Allow me to summarize. The words you use are very important. The demonic is usually not going to pay any attention to you if you are operating on your own authority. When we are In God’s authority the bible tells us exactly what we should say. Any deviation from these commands can not only hurt your chances for success, but it could cause a situation that actually empowers or just gets the spirit you are confronting all worked up.
Romans 13:1-7 “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works“ (2.Tim.3:16-17 KJV).
John.14:12-14 KJV “Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it”.
Mark.16:17-18 KJV “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new languages; They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; ……they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”. See also Acts 1:4-5, 8; 5:1-15; 6:8; 13:8-11; 15:12.
In the next posting on authority I’ll explain a recent encounter my family and some of our neighbors had with a 4-4 1/2 foot Diamondback Rattle Snake. THE VIPOR! It surcommed and was obedient, under the authority of Jesus Christ.
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