Authority, in the Christian world, is not something that you have to work for, but something you receive. It’s very much like having a God given talent such as singing. This is a gift you’ve received, nothing can change that. However you still have to do certain things to maintain and develops this gift, like practicing, taking voice lessons,etc to see that your gift reaches it’s full potential. With a believer, the power and authority of the Holy Spirit is received at salvation, but most don’t tap into it because they don’t know about it or understand it. This is why, in order to tap into and exercise the fullness of this authority, much like the singing, we have to do certain things to maintain and develope it. Studying God’s word, seeking His face (communion with Him), learning to listen to His voice, pray scripture, rely on revelations from Him, and take our place as soldiers in God’s army ready to march to the beat of His heart.
If I’m not exercising my authority over the devil, it doesn’t mean I don’t have it, I’m just simply not putting it to use. As long as I am saved and not giving place to the enemy (Eph. 4:22-32) then my God given authority is intact. It doesn’t matter if I “feel” powerful or helpless, the reality is still the same. A lot of times Christians are intimidated by the enemies tactics, so they tuck their tales and run, or roll over and play dead while he tramples all over their lives. This is anything but freedom, power, and authority! The bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 that the enemy prowls around “like” a roaring lion, but he is not in fact a lion. All of his power, because Jesus stripped him of it when He took the keys to death, hell, and the grave(Rev. 1:18) is gone, unless we give him some. Yes we can be our own worst enemy here. The devil will always come knocking because that’s what he does but I don’t have to let him in! There are also things within ourselves that keep us in bondage that we will discuss later.
So how do I take authority over the enemy? How do I become so anchored by the word of God that when the storms of life rage, or the fiery darts of the enemy are flying by, my feet remain firmly planted and I am not shaken or moved? Let’s look at some of the tools we have been equipped with, they’re just waiting to be picked up and put to good use.
Ephesians 6:11 talks about putting on the full armor of God. Examine each piece and take inventory to make sure you have each one active and in working order in your life. If you have on faulty armor, or are missing pieces, you are now vulnerable to enemy attack. Now to clarify, just because you have on all your armor and your doing everything just right, doesn’t mean satan will stop attacking you. In fact, now he might increase his efforts, but now you don’t have to fall victim to them because he cannot have dominion over you since you belong to Jesus. You are a child of The Most High King!! Now that your armor is on you need revelation. Revelation from God is so important in understanding the authority He has given you, how to use it, and in growing your relationship with Him. If your wondering how you get revelation, the bible says in Deuteronomy 4:29 and Jeremiah 29:12, If you seek Him you will find him. If a God tells you something, He does so from spirit to spirit. His to yours. This is not done by intellect nor is it something that can be learned. Does this mean you shouldn’t try to learn about God’s word if your using your head? Of course not, sometimes doing just that opens the door for The Lord to reveal something. When God Himself gives you revelation about something, when He speaks that to your Spirit, it makes an imprint on it. A permanent mark. Never to be the same, but always growing in Him.
In Ephesians 1:16-20 and Ephesians 3:14-19 the bible talks about this very thing. You want The Lord to reveal to you Who He is (His very character,nature, heart, and sacrifice) and who you are in Him, so that your relationship can grow deeper, and He will begin to unfold the destiny He has for your life. The Lord will never reveal anything to you that is in conflict with His word. This is an ongoing process and He will continue to reveal things, to teach us, to guide us until we take our last breath. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 refers to us “being changed from glory to glory.” Now that God has begun revealing to you Who He is and who you are in Him, He also reveals the things in us that He wants gone. The things that hinder our growth and keep us from being victorious. It’s time to take authority over them.
Luke 10:19 says that Jesus gives me ALL power and authority over the enemy. It doesn’t get any more plain than that! Another scripture Matthew 18:18 states whatsoever is bound in heaven is bound on earth, and whatsoever is loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Jesus gives us the authority to bind and loosen, so what do we need to bind? Mark 3:27 and Matthew 12:29 says that we cannot enter the strong mans house and spoil his goods without first tying him up (binding him) then you can spoil his house. The strongman is the devil, turn so he needs to be bound, but there’s more. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 talks about some areas that need binding, loosing of deliverance, and pulling down of strongholds. What is a stronghold? It is literally when a characteristic, trait, or desire get out of whack and has a super “strong hold” on the way they live there life. Ephesians 4:22-23 lists some: lying, stealing, corrupt communication, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamors ( a vehement expression of desire or dissatisfaction), slander, and malice. There are other obvious examples of sinful activity that can become a stronghold: unforgiveness, bitterness, grief, disappointment, addictions, feelings of rejection, negative self image, depression, illicit sexual activity, occult involvement..
The Greek word for stronghold means “fortress”. Strongholds are walls or fortresses around beliefs and emotions to protect us from further pain. An important part of healing and transforming the deep wounds, requires divinely pulling down the strongholds. Now we know that we much first bind the strongman and the spirits that operate on his behalf. For example if you have an addiction, the spirit of addiction needs to be bound, then loose the power of the Holy Spirit to pull down every stronghold, and smash every mindset ( vain imaginations) associated with it. It is very important to loosen when and binding, and always pray for something of God to be rooted in its place. To remove the addiction (or whatever the stronghold is) and bring forth a Spirit of peace and a sound mind. Luke 11:21-28 talks about an unclean spirit was cast out of a man, but the void it left was not filled, so the spirit returned with seven more spirits and now he was worse than before. It is in the loosing that we invite the Holy Spirit to fill us up. It is His desire to do that. To be rid of the things that hinder us from being a good servant to Him, and replacing them with the fruits of His Spirit. I have God given authority to plant my feet firmly on God’s promises, and when the enemy comes around saying I am anything short of what God says I am, or tries to discourage with trials, I can send him on his way. Doesn’t mean he won’t go without a fight, but he does have to go. He is a trespasser on land that has been purchased by the Blood of Jesus Christ! James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you!” God’s word is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, joint and marrow. It exposes the innermost thoughts and desires. Satan can’t do that, therefore he has no defense against it! He was a defeated foe when Jesus took the keys to death, hell ,and the grave and remains to be so today. Stand up and receive the authority God has armed you with!