Use Your Authority

We all face opposition. What you and I do and say during our greatest oppositions will determine the quality of our life. We all have adversaries. Sometimes it seems like “many adversaries” like the Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 16:9. So what do we do when these adversaries show up? We must understand our authority. Matthew 8:9 gives us the key we need to understanding what faith in authority, and how authority works in the realm of the Spirit, will help us during times of opposition. It says, “For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me; and I say to this man, Go and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it.” In the verse before this, the Centurion said, “Just speak the Word. You don’t even have to come to my house.” Jesus marveled at the man’s faith and his understanding that Jesus too was someone under authority, that Jesus could speak to diseases and they would have to obey him, just like the man’s servant.

 

From the very beginning we were ordained to have authority. In the Garden of Eden Adam was given authority over the things of the earth. In Psalms 8:6 angels are conversing about man and that God gave them dominion over the works of His hands and put everything under man’s feet. We all understand that Adam lost his dominion, and that Jesus came and got that back for us. Ephesians 1 says that everything is back under Jesus’ feet; and then in Ephesians 2:6 it says we were raised up to sit with Him far above. Everything is back in the right order, but we still have an enemy to deal with so let’s use our authority like Jesus showed us.

 

We are told in James 4:7 to submit and resist. We submit to God and then we can resist, or stand against, the works of the devil. In Ephesians 6 the Word of God also tells us to stand against the works of or the wiles of the devil. We have been given a name that is above every name. When we use the name of Jesus, the devil has to flee. You and I must bind and use our authority against the evil one. Matthew 18:18 instructs us to do this. When you resist, stand against and bind the devil and his works, you are using your God-given authority. Don’t let the works of the enemy and the opposition he sends get you down. Use your authority and watch the devil flee.

Pastor Mark Garver