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Enemy at the Gate -

Under My Feet, Using His Keys

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The Authority of the Believer

 

 

By Bart Nelson

 

 


 

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Definitions of authority: a. Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language: Legal power, or a right to command or to act; as the authority of a prince over subjects and of parents over children, power, rule, sway.

 

b. Strong's #1849 exousia- authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, and strength.

 

Note: Authority does not confer greater personal power, strength, wisdom, etc., upon an individual than that which exists with those who are subject to that authority. It reflects the position and power of the one granting the authority. Therefore, a believer can act on and control a stronger, smarter demonic being because of the infinitely greater power of the creator God whom the believer represents

 

Following are the first recorded words of God to man. I think that makes them pretty important... Gen. 1.26-31 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 

This is God's plan for man and it has never been rescinded. We are in God's image and likeness. We are still blessed by God and called to be fruitful and multiply, to subdue and have dominion. I fully believe God's will was for this to be spiritually, in the soul realm, physically, financially, relationally, etc., etc. Everything we were to put our hands to was to fulfill this calling. This has never changed. It is true today, especially for the church. Basically, God gave Adam & Eve and their progeny the keys to it all and said, "Drive!" He's obviously there to guide, direct and empower, but we have been given the keys! What is the garden He has given you to rule over? A family (most of us have a role here), neighborhood (again, most of us have a realm of influence), how about school, job, clubs, organizations? Those reading this should be an intimate, active participant in a local church. Has God given you other gardens?

 

Gen. 2.15-20 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. A key to authority - if you can name it, in Jesus you have authority over it (for His name is above every name…)

 

Let's look at a couple of those words: likeness - Strong's #1823 dem-ooth’ - similitude, like manner or fashion.

Dominion - Strong's #7287 radah - rule, take, prevail, reign, ruler, dominate, tread down, subjugate.

Multiply - Strong's #7235 rabah - increase, much, many, more, great, long, store, exceedingly, greater, abundance, be or become great, be or become many, be or become much, be or become numerous, to make large, enlarge, increase, to make much, to make much to do, do much in respect of, to make great, do much, to shoot.

Fill or replenish - Strong's #4390 maleÕ - fulfill, consecrate, accomplish, replenish, wholly, set, gather, overflow, satisfy, fullness, abundance, be ended, fill the hand, be armed, be satisfied, complete, to confirm.

Subdue - Strong's # 3533 kabash bring into subjection, bring into bondage, keep under, force, make subservient, violate, and tread down.

 

This gives us a pretty full picture of what God intended for Adam and Eve to do. Again, this hasn't changed and is passed on to us today. Let's see how God has affirmed this to us through the millennia.

 

Adam and Eve didn't just make a mistake in the Garden. They did more than just sin. They committed high treason against their loving Creator who had walked and talked with them daily and had bestowed all these wonderful and vital blessings on them. (Not that we have any room to talk, since we do the same thing!) They handed over the keys to the earth to the rebellious enemy of God.

 

After hundreds of years of sin, God becomes grieved over mankind's rebellion. He destroys the earth with a flood. Let's listen to what He says to Noah once the waters ebb and they are on dry land. Gen. 9.1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. 5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. 6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man. 7 And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply in it.” Doesn't that sound remarkably similar to what He told Adam and Eve? God is so gracious. This blessing continues on mankind after the flood.

 

Gen. 13.14-17 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are— northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” This is the first mention linking our feet to our authority. We will see it many times again. God told Abram to arise and walk the land. God had given the land to Abram but Abram had to claim it, to walk its length and breadth in order for it to be his and take authority over it. What is the 'land' that God has given you to have authority over? This is a similar question to what I asked about the garden. Whatever that 'land' is, and for most of us there will be several, we need to walk over it, claiming it for God, kicking out whatever isn't of God, establishing things there that are of Him. This may involve physical locations as well as not. Allow Holy Spirit to open your mind to see everywhere you have a right to authority. Realize this may include nations, even ones you haven't been to, but ones God has put on your heart, you have prayed for and given toward reaching! If Holy Spirit puts a 'place' on your heart and it is impossible to walk it in the natural right now, walk it in the Spirit, doing what you would do if you were literally there. Josh. 1.1-9 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Israel only ever took possession of 10% of the land God promised them via Abram, Joshua, etc., except for under the reign of David and Solomon. How much of what God has promised us have we taken advantage of? Even His commandments are promises to us. How many of them have we fulfilled? God's will for us is to have and use it all.  Prosperous Strong's #6743 - tsalach - come mightily, effected, good, meet, break out, went over, to rush, to advance, make progress, succeed, be profitable, bring to successful issue. Good Success - Strong's #7919 sakal understand, wise, prosper, understanding, cause to consider, instruct, prudent, skill, teach, be circumspect, wisely understand, have insight, to give attention to, cause to ponder, think, speak, do the word and then we'll prosper and have good success. Rom. 16.20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Yes, God is going to crush the enemy, but whose feet (authority) is He going to use? He's under my feet, he's under my feet, he's under my feet!!! 1 Cor. 15.20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. We all have our place in the chain of command. As part of the body of Christ, everything but the Godhead is under our feet! Eph 1.15-23 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your £understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. We all heartily agree with the verses above. We'll even shout AMEN! It's the next verses that we struggle with, where the faith comes in… Eph. 2.4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. If we're part of the body, even the least, last and lowest, (i.e. the feet) we're STILL above ALL the enemies. That would include sin, sickness, powers of darkness, etc., etc. Heb. 2.5-9 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. This passage is quoted from Ps. 8. The word for angels in the Hebrew is Elohim - one of the many names for God. Some translators struggle with man being made a little lower than God, but God didn't!

 

Check out how this blessing of Isaac and later Rebekah aligns itself with the way God blessed Adam and Eve: Gen. 22.17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. Gen. 24.60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her: “Our sister, may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands; and may your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them.” We are to possess the gates (the portals of influence) of our enemies -- that is the powers of darkness in every form. Our enemy can enter us via the eye gate - by what we see, read and watch, the ear gate - by what we listen to, and the mouth gate - by what we say. We also need to guard the gates to our nations, state or provinces, cities and homes and churches. We must be vigilant to make sure only good things enter!  Possess - Strong's #3423 yarash - inherit, heir, succeed, dispossess, poverty, drive, enjoy, poor, expelled, utterly to seize, occupy, impoverish, be an heir, to devour, to destroy, bring to ruin. We're to have dominion, rulership over powers of darkness, not visa versa.

 

Ex. 19.6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” Kingdom - Strong's #4467 -mamlakah - royal, reign, kings, dominion, sovereignty, realm. 1 Pet. 2.9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Royal - Strong's #934 basileios - royal, kingly, regal, from #935 basileus - king, leader of the people, prince, commander, lord of the land from #939 basis {bas’-ece} - foot, a stepping, walking, that with which one steps, the foot. We are chosen to be a royal priest - with kingly authority. Rev. 1.5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Rev. 5.10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” The King of Kings and Lord of Lords declares us to be kings. That's something we can bank on.

 

Ex. 23 has an interesting portion concerning authority and spiritual warfare. (Remember, the hornets, beasts and nations all resemble spiritual principalities. We don't wrestle against flesh and blood.) 27 “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you. 29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. 31 And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. 32 You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. It's interesting because God wasn't going to drive everything and everyone out at once, because Israel would not have been strong enough to have control over all the land at once. The spiritual application for our lives is amazing. Almost every Christian I know was delivered instantly from certain things, but other things remain for them to struggle with. Each believer's life has different things that leave and remain, but the pattern is quite common. Therefore, we may have difficulty obtaining authority over certain areas in order to build strength of character in us. When you study out the meaning of the names of Israel’s enemies, it is enlightening. Jebusite means down-trodden, Amorites – pride, Hittite – fear, Egypt – the world, etc., just like the enemies we fight. It wasn’t until David’s reign that the Jebusites were conquered and Jerusalem inhabited. In fact, it wasn’t until then that Israel inhabited all the land promised to Abraham, Moses and Joshua. Jug. 3.1-4 Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to test Israel by them (that is, all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan; only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly). These nations are: the five lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Hivites who lived in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-hermon as far as Lebo-hamath. They were for testing Israel, to find out if they would obey the commandments of the LORD, which He had commanded their fathers through Moses. Ps. 149.5-9 Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment—this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord! We don't do these things in the natural, but in the spirit, spiritual warfare.

 

Next is part of the report for the 12 spies that went into the Promised Land. Num. 13.30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” This offers us a key to taking our authority - faith. As we believe the word and promises of God and proclaim them, mighty things happen. Likewise, if we doubt and proclaim that, mightily negative things happen. What will our choice be? Israel decided to believe the bad (majority) report and lost 40 years. Whose report will you believe? 1 Jn. 4.4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. The Greater One lives in us. That's like taking our older brother with us wherever we go to beat up on the bad guys if necessary! Think about verse 17b awhile. As Jesus is (right now) in the world so are we. Read the revelation of Jesus to John in Rev. chapter one. Wow! 1 Jn. 5.4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? Rev. 12.11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Overcome - Strong's #3528 nikao - conquer, prevail, get the victory, to carry off the victory, come off victorious, of Christ, victorious over all His foes, of Christians, that hold fast their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecutions, when one is arraigned or goes to law, to win the case, maintain one’s cause. Eph. 6.10-20 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. The armor is a major part of our authority.

 

Num. 27.18 And the Lord said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; 19 set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. 20 And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. 21 He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the Lord for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him—all the congregation.” I have done a whole study on impartation that dovetails perfectly with this one. We see here that authority can be imparted. Moses did it to Joshua, Elijah did it to Elisha, and Jesus did it to the disciples (and that includes us). If you are blessed to be around someone who operates in greater authority, see if they will lay hands on you and pray for you!

 

We are told in Gal. 3.13-14 that Christ took upon himself all the curses on the cross so that we might be blessed. Here is an outline of those blessings: Dt. 28.1-14 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them. We need to stand in agreement with the word and declare each other and ourselves blessed!

 

1 Sam. 17.45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. When a policeman stands with his hand in front of him, uniform and badge on, gun at his side, stopping traffic, he has both power and authority. If he stood there with his street clothes only, he would have as much hope as any of us in stopping the cars and not getting hit. If he had his uniform and badge, he would have authority, but no power. With only his gun, but no uniform or badge, he would have only power. Like him, we need both (and praise God, He's blessed us with both). Some might not choose to recognize the policeman's authority, and he is authorized stop them with his gun if necessary. We, too, have many things at our disposal. If the enemy chooses not to do what he's told, we have several things we can use. Ps. 118.5-17 I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. All nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They surrounded me like bees; they were quenched like a fire of thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. We don't stand in this authority of ours on our own strength. We didn't even come up with the idea. This authority originates from the Lord, is based on His creating the world and us and then redeeming it and us from the enemy. Then, He hands us this wonderful gift and ability to take authority over the creation and the enemy according to His will, in His name and by His power. Pr. 18.10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Mk 16.15-18 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” All these actions are to be done in the name of Jesus. Luke 9.1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. Luke 10:17, 19-20 And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us through your name. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." The spirits submit only because our names are written! John 14:12-14 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. Greater - Strong's # 3187 meizon - irregular comparative of 3173; adj comparative - greatest, elder, more; larger, stronger  3173 megas - of the external form or sensible appearance of things (or of persons), in particular, of space and its dimensions, as respects, mass and weight: great, compass and extent: large, spacious, measure and height: long, stature and age: great, old, of number and quantity: numerous, large, abundant, used of intensity and its degrees: with great effort, of natural events powerfully affecting the senses: violent, mighty, strong, predicated of rank, as belonging to, persons, eminent for ability, virtue, authority, power, things esteemed highly for their importance: of great moment, of great weight, importance, a thing to be highly esteemed for its excellence: excellent, splendid, prepared on a grand scale, stately. John 16:23 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say to you, whatever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full. 26 At that day you shall ask in my name: and I say not to you, that I will pray the Father for you: Name has to do with character, position, nature, the name is used for everything which the name covers, everything they thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name, rank, authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellences, deeds etc. It is not a magic wand, a meaningless end to our prayers. It is praying asking for what and in the manner Jesus would ask. We are co-heirs with Him. Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 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 from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 16 And his name through faith in his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know: yea, the faith which is by him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Acts 4:7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, by what power, or by what name, have you done this? 10 Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him does this man stand here before you in good health. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved. 30 By stretching forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of your holy child Jesus. What power and authority there is in Jesus' name! Acts 19.11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. The name of Jesus is not a magic wand. It is full of power and authority, but it is to be used by those who have relationship with the Father. Only sons of the Father can use the name with no fear of repercussions. The acts were right (the what), but it was wrong time, place, and motive (wrong when, where, why, how, and who).

 

Neh. 4.15-18 And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me. This is the posture for each saint, with one hand working the work God has directed, with the other, prepared to engage the enemy at any time needed.

 

Ps. 91.1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12 in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” This Psalm shows where our authority lies - under the shadow of His wings, in the secret place, making the Most High our dwelling place and refuge, etc. It shows why it comes - belief and confession of the promises of God, loving God, intimate knowledge of God's names, and calling on God. It also shows what we have authority over - snares of the enemy, various diseases, terror, arrows or destruction, evil and plagues, trouble, etc.

 

Ps. 113.4-9 The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth?      He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap, that He may seat him with princes—with the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord! The Lord Most High exalts to rule under Him, to be His under- kings and queens, princes and princesses. Ps. 115:16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth has been given to man. Earth and authority over it has been given to man.

 

Pr. 12.24 The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor. Pr. 14.19 The evil will bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. Pr 21.22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the trusted stronghold. Pr. 29.2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. These nuggets from Proverbs give us such good insight into our authority: it takes diligence to rule, the victory is won if we'll take our rightful place, it's all to be done in Jesus' name, and though' the enemy has erected a trusted stronghold, God will give us wisdom in how to bring it down! Dan. 11.32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. Let's rise up and walk in the authority that God has given us and do great exploits for the glory of God! Amos 3.7 Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. Then His prophets can speak into existence what He has spoken. Mk. 9.38 Now John answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us." 39 But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. Jesus wasn't concerned about who did the works nor about who got the credit, as long as God got the glory and the Kingdom was extended. We should have the same motivation. Mk. 13.32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. 34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. This parable is repeated a few times in various forms. It is designed to show us what happened when Jesus left. He gave us authority to carry on His work, i.e. expand the kingdom. Lk. 19:13 Occupy till I come. The word "occupy" is a military term. You have heard of an occupational force, haven't you? Rom. 5.17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Jesus defeated satan on the cross, conferred His authority to us and gave us the power of Holy Spirit besides! Rom. 13:1 . . . there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. All authority comes from God, including ours! 2 Cor. 5.20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. What is an ambassador? They represent one nation to and while living in another. We represent the kingdom of God while living in this world. The authority of an ambassador comes from their own country, but they are allowed to function in the foreign one.  The same holds true with us in this world. 2 Cor. 10.4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Here's a great picture of what we're to do with our authority.

 

In this passage we get to peak in on an exchange between Ezekiel and the Lord. May we be as responsive as he was to the Lord's urgings, even though the situation seems impossible. Wait, you say, I'm not a prophet like Ezekiel. (Did I read your mind?) Remember as you read this what Jesus said in Mt. 11 - the least of us is greater than the greatest prophet, John the Baptist… Eze. 37.1 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. 9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. 11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’ ”

 

Mt. 4.23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Preaching the good news to the poor, healing the sick, liberating the demon possessed are all part of Kingdom ministry. That is how the King always ministered, and His ministers are to do the same, for He gives them that authority! Kingdom - Strong's # 932 basileia -- royal power, kingship, dominion, rule, the right or authority to rule over a kingdom, of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah, of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom, a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king. Mt. 5.19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus didn't say we had to be Sr. Pastor or world famous evangelist to be called great. We can teach young or old, in or out of the church building, one on one ministry (prophetic or otherwise), and small group or large. The goal is to do and teach the word to others. We're to pray:  Mt. 6.10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The Father wanted His kingdom to be established and extended on this earth now. What does that look like? It is the will of the King, which is manifested perfectly in Heaven. Want to know God's will for a situation? What will it be like in heaven, that's what we're to pray to be on earth. That doesn't mean I believe there will be no future kingdom or heaven, but Jesus DID teach us to pray this way. Mt. 7.21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice iniquity!’ Being part of the Kingdom is all about relationship and obedience to the King. Doing stuff will be part of the picture, but it is not the whole deal. If we're going to call Him Lord, we can't do our own thing (iniquity). The word for know here is the same as Adam knew Eve and had Abel. It means intimate relationship. That's how we take part in the kingdom and its authority. Mt. 10.7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Mt. 11.11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent (strong or forceful) take it by force (seize, claim, snatch away or carry off eagerly). Jesus said the least of us are greater than any of the prophets. Check out their lives, this is quite a statement to make concerning us, yet He said it without blinking. We've just read several verses about the kingdom. It will only be established and extended by the violent by force. This authority thing isn't for wimps. We're in a battle, but we're destined for the throne! Mt. 12.25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.  There are several keys here: Unity is important, there is no power without it. Casting out (see definition below) is a forceful action, requiring authority. Holy Spirit power is an essential weapon. Jesus, our example, needed it, how much more do we? Also, when we are dealing with the enemy, we need to discern if there is a spiritual strong man involved. If so, he must be bound first, then deal with the household of enemies left behind. Cast out - Strong's #1544 ekballo - bring forth, pull out, send forth, drive out, to send out, with notion of violence, of the world, i.e. be deprived of the power and influence he exercises in the world, a thing: excrement from the belly into the sink, to expel from a society: to banish from a family, to compel one to depart; to bid one depart, in stern language, so employed that the rapid motion of the one going is transferred to the one sending forth, to command or cause one to depart in haste, to draw out with force, tear out, with implication of force overcoming opposite force, to cause a thing to move straight on its intended goal, to reject with contempt, to cast off or away, extract, one thing inserted in another, to except, to leave out, i.e. not receive, to lead one forth or away somewhere with a force which he cannot resist. Mt. 13.24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; Many times Jesus equated the kingdom to seed. What are the characteristics of seed? Seeds grow, bear fruit, provide shade and protection when grown, multiply, take territory, etc. See the message? Mt. 16.17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Mt. 18.1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Here are two keys to our authority - humility and servant-hood. 18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." Binding and loosing are keys of the kingdom that Jesus gave us to use. Another is the power of agreement. Dt. 32:30 "How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had given them up? Lk. 17.21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Acts 14.22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” Rom. 14.17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 4.20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. Check out all the scriptures about the kingdom above. The principles listed will help us understand more about walking in our authority. Col. 1.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. We've gone from one kingdom to another, praise God! Let's think, talk and act like it!

 

Here are some examples of things we can bind and loose over people, situations, nations, whatever God puts on our hearts:

 

Bind, Receive, Plead

 

Blood of Jesus, work of the cross, Name of Jesus

Anointing

Mind of Christ, Heart of God, Will and purposes of God, guidance, wisdom, understanding

 

Healing, wholeness – spirit, soul and body, bind up our hearts, fill in the empty places

Acceptance, unity, reconciliation

Self Control, contentment, gratefulness, generosity

Word and generational blessings

 

Positive affects of memories

 

Helmet of the hope of salvation, encouragement

Breastplate of Righteousness

Feet to path of Righteousness

Belt of truth, armor of light

Shoes of preparation of gospel of peace, Spirit of power, love, & sound mind

Sword of spirit – every word of God ever heard, spoken or read

Shield of Faith

 

Lances of Intercession, spirit of praise and worship, Gifts of the Spirit. Spirit of supplication, warrior spirit

Forgiveness, mercy

 

Liberty, freedom

 

New nature

Ministering and warring angels working on our behalf

Provision, abundance

Fruits of the Spirit

 

The strongman

 

 

Manifest presence of the Holy Spirit

Loose, Break, Renounce, Repent and Forgive

Sin and demonic strongholds

 

Yokes and burdens

Ways of the world, wrong attitudes, patterns of thinking, beliefs, ideas, desires, emotions, and motivations and associated strongholds and soul ties

Sickness, disease, pain, hurt – spirit, soul and body

Rejection, division, jealousy and envy

Lust, greed, idolatry

 

Word and generational curses and mistakes

Negative affects of memories and associated strongholds

Depression, discouragement, temptation and every attack on our minds

Condemnation

Paths of the world

Deception, blindness, darkness and lies

Confusion, worry and fear

 

Every word of satan ever heard, spoken or read

Doubt, fiery darts and missiles of the enemy

Distraction, apathy

 

 

Unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, judging

Control, witchcraft, religion, tradition, manipulation

Old nature

All powers of darkness

 

Poverty, debt

Works of the flesh, wrong behaviors and habits

Everything the strongman has stolen – 7 fold pay-back, every influence or evil device that he has had.

 

Here is a man who understood spiritual warfare, authority, healing, etc. and he wasn't even a believer. Mt. 8.5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” 7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. It takes great faith to speak the word and believe God to do His work, but that is exactly what God has called and expects each of us to do as often as Holy Spirit prompts us. Mt. 8.26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Remember, we're to do greater works than Jesus. I'm not proposing that we do this for our comfort or ease, but according to the leading and will of the Lord, we can and should speak to the elements at times. Jesus allowed all this to take place to use it as an object lesson. He tied using our authority with faith, as He does in other places. Mk. 11.20-24 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Here, Jesus taught us that there is tremendous power in what we speak in faith with authority. First we must have faith, then we must speak and do so with authority and then we finish it off with belief that we receive what we said. Rom. 4.16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. Like God, like Abraham, we, under the direction of Holy Spirit, speak into existence those things that are not as though they are.

 

Mt. 28.18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Jesus had ALL authority. The word all in the Greek means all. There is no authority left out, because heaven and earth are both covered (the only authority hell has, has been given it from heaven). So this is like someone handing us the keys and telling us to drive somewhere. If they have the pink slip (which Jesus does), they have the authority to allow us to go anywhere. Jesus went to great pains in His ministry to impart to the disciples the power and authority they were to use in ministry. Much of that has been outlined here. The disciples were to take what they had been shown and taught and show and teach it to those they lead to Jesus. We have the record that they did just that. This order has never been rescinded. We are to show and teach anyone we can find to disciple EVERYTHING Jesus showed and taught. That includes walking in authority… Jn. 20 21-23 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Jesus gave us the authority to proclaim forgiveness or need of forgiveness over others.

 

Mk. 1.21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee. Jesus preached and ministered with authority. We are to do the same. Not in something made up or put on, but because we, like Jesus, are following Holy Spirit’s lead. 1 Cor. 1.10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Paul used the name of Jesus to increase his authority. 1 Cor. 9.18 What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel. Paul had the right, the authority to take up offerings for himself to provide his needs. He exercised this only once, when he allowed the Philippians to help him when he was in Thessalonica. 2 Cor. 13:10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority--the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. Here's another verse about our motivation and our authority.

2 Thes. 3.6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received from us. Tit. 2.15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. As we minister, we're to be like Jesus and do it with all authority.

 

See what the Father did to restore the prodigal son. Lk. 15.22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. All of these things showed restored authority. The best robe would show his place in the family, the ring was used to purchase items and authorize activities, and only slaves went bare-footed. This son was fully restored in all his former authority, although he surely did not deserve it (like each of us)!

John 1:11-12 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Right Strong's #1849 exousia - 1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases, permission 3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)

 

Jn. 15.14-16 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. Friend - Strong's #5384 philos - to be friendly to one, wish him well, an associate, he who associates familiarly with one, a companion, one of the bridegroom’s friends who on his behalf asked the hand of the bride and rendered him various services in closing the marriage and celebrating the nuptial. You can see from this definition that the friendship Jesus was talking about was an intimate one. We know what Jesus is doing. When He (who has all authority) gives us authority to do something, it is the real deal. Gal. 4.1-7 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Many of us relate to God, the world around us and the powers of darkness as though we were a slave rather than as a son. We need to believe the scripture and rise up to who we are in Christ and walk, talk and act accordingly.

 

Acts 8.14-24 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.” Our motivation is key in how and if our authority works. The things of the kingdom cannot be bought, sold, earned, etc.

 

It is because we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ that we share in Christ's authority. One of the things Christ inherited from the Father was His authority over every name that is named. We are joint-heirs with Him. Rom. 8.11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. All of creation longs for the body to rise up in maturity of obedience, calling, gifting and authority, in other words taking our rightful place in this world. That is what we were created for and all creation is waiting for this to take place so that it can be all God meant it to be. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The term ‘joint-heirs’ signifies that what Jesus has, we have, like a joint checking or savings account. Both parties (or all parties) have equal access to what is in the account at any time. More than conquerors, wow. To be a conqueror is great, like Alexander the Great, one who conquered many nations. But to be Alexander's wife, who sat home while Alex fought but enjoyed the spoils equally - that is the picture of the saints! We share in Jesus' authority in like manner.

 

Gal 5.16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  Walking the spirit (realm) includes walking in the authority of the Spirit. We all have authority in the spirit realm, we're working on it in the soul realm and when the body comes to the place in the physical realm, we'll se the manifestation or revelation of the sons of God.

 


 

Meditate on this verse for a week or so! Eph. 5.1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

 

Phil. 2.5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. If you can name it, Jesus, and us in Him, have authority over it!

 

2 Tim. 2.12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. It won't just be handed to us - we must endure, persevere, and be tenacious against the enemy.

 

As we boil these scriptures down, our authority over powers of darkness and even creation comes with a price of being submitted to God, watching at the gates, believing and speaking out the promises of God (keys and feet), in the Name of Jesus, by the power of Holy Spirit and the blood of the Lamb in faith and patient endurance. If any one of those areas gets out of synch, the whole process can prove fruitless, a bunch of vapor and smoke. Like much of the teaching in the word, our focus is to bless others. God will take care of us; we are to use these principles to minister to those around us as He opens the door. If our focus is to use these for me, it will all become skewed. Jesus and the disciples weren't shown using this for themselves, but it was always for the benefit of others, for the kingdom of God.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Adversity, Stress & Grief

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Despise Not Prophecy…

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Faith - What is it…

Father's Day

Godly Character

God’s Love For Us & Our Relationship With God

Heart and Soul of a Warrior

Humanity of Jesus

I Love Your Presence

I Will, Day by Day

Impartation

Importance of a Softened Heart

Judging -- To Judge or Not to Judge

Life, Flow & Ministry in the Spirit

Lord of the Breakthrough - a Teaching on Intercession

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Natural Versus Supernatural

New & Old Covenant & The Scarlet Thread

Promises From the Word

Push In!

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The Character and Ministry of Paul the Apostle

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What Do You Want?

What Should We Do In These Last Days?

What's in a Name?

 

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