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And yet we would regularly bind demonic forces on earth and loose angelic armies from heaven. And we always reminded ourselves that Jesus was there because at least two or three of us were present. Our church was far from alone in its dependence on Matthew — The passage has been chopped up and subdivided all sorts of ways in service to a number of doctrinal positions and practical applications. For example, notorious faith healer and prosperity preacher Benny Hinn emphasizes Matthew as a promise of supernatural power and heavenly authority: Do you realize that movements on earth govern movements in heaven?
Do you realize that a child of God in prayer affects decisions in heaven? Yet, when Jesus gave us an outline for prayer, he spoke about praying together. There is power in group prayer.
But her ministry prefers to traffic in practical advice for day-to-day life. She actually deploys Matthew in the realm of marriage counsel: The Bible says that there is power in agreement. If you want to have power in your marriage and in your prayer life, then you have to get along. The big question is: How can a disagreeing couple learn to agree? Agreement comes when the people involved stop being selfish.
Selfishness is an immature inward focus. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are you so fearful? Mark Jesus spoke the words, Let us pass over unto the other side, and there was enough power and authority in those words to accomplish the job. One thing I want you to notice is that Jesus did not take command of the ship to see that His words were carried out.
He walked to the back of the boat and went to sleep. Jesus delegated the authority to His disciples and they accepted it. But when the storm came, they were filled with fear that the boat would sink.
Jesus had to carry out the responsibility of authority that he had delegated to them by rebuking the wind and the sea. You are the captain of your ship. You have control over your own life—your spirit, your soul, and your body. Jesus has delegated power, or authority over Satan to you as a believer. You are to give him no place in your life. You are born of the Spirit of God. You are filled with the Spirit of God. You have been given the Word of God. Those three elements are enough for you to carry out your spiritual authority here in the earth.
You have all the power necessary. You simply have to exercise your authority. Jesus has already done everything necessary to secure the authority and power over sin, sickness, demons, and fear. You have to employ the faith action to receive that authority and join forces with Him in this earth.
You are the one to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Jesus partook of flesh and blood, so that you could partake of spirit and life.
For you to partake of that spirit and life, you must take the responsibility of standing in the place of authority as the new creation in Christ Jesus that you are. You are born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God 1 Pet. It was the Word of Almighty God that was injected into your spirit man to bring about the new birth in your life.
When the church was first beginning, Acts described it as the Word growing and multiplying. The Word is in you, but you are the one who must be willing to allow it to work in you.
Ephesians says, If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
It is your responsibility to put off the old man—the unregenerate man that you were before you accepted Jesus. The Holy Spirit does the actual work in you, but you must make the decision to allow Him to do it. God has never forced His will on any person. YOU put off the old man. YOU use the Word of God to renew your mind.
YOU put on the new man, which is created in righteousness and true holiness. He is upholding all things by the word of His power Heb. You need to learn to minister and walk from a point of authority. You have obtained an inheritance, and in that inheritance you have been given all authority. The God of the universe lives inside you! If you start praying these Ephesian prayers for them,youll see results in their lives. I suggest you pray the prayers foryourself, too.
Years ago, I prayed these prayers twice a day, morning andevening, for a family member. He needed healing desperately,yet he couldnt seem to grasp what the Bible teaches about divinehealing. When I prayed, I inserted this persons name in the prayersas I had previously inserted my own. Within 10 days, he wroteme, saying, "Im beginning to see things I never saw before. It was surprising how fast my kinfolks changed once Istarted praying for them scripturally.
I had been praying forsome of them for years with no results. Thank God we have authority over such evil spirits throughJesus Christ. We need to understand what Paul said here in thelight of what he wrote in previous chapters. We need to realizethat we have authority through Christ. Our combat with the devilalways should be with the consciousness that we have authorityover him because he is a defeated foe—the Lord Jesus Christdefeated him for us.
However, the authority of the believer is an aspect of theChristian walk that few believers know much about.
Some thinkthat authority over the devil belongs to only a few chosen peopleto whom God has given special power. It doesnt; it belongs toall the children of God! We receive this authority when we are born again. As we aremade new creatures in Christ Jesus, we inherit the Name of theLord Jesus Christ, and we can use it in prayer against theenemy.
But the devil doesnt want Christians to learn about theauthority of the believer. He wants to continue to defeat usanytime he wants.
Thats why he will do everything he can tokeep Christians from learning the truth about authority; he willfight us more on this subject than anything else. He knows thatwhen we learn the truth, his heyday will be over. We willdominate him, enjoying the authority that is rightfully ours. Ephesians 1: In Christ, all spiritual blessings belong to us. Authoritybelongs to us whether we realize it or not.
But just knowing thisisnt enough. Its knowledge acted upon that brings results! Its atragedy for Christians to go through life and never find out whatbelongs to them.
The Prayers of Paul 13 Did you ever stop to think about it: Salvation belongs to thesinner. Jesus already has bought the salvation of the worstsinner, just as He did for us. Thats the reason He told us to gotell the Good News; go tell sinners theyre reconciled to God.
But weve never really told them that. Weve told them Godsmad at them and is counting up everything theyve done wrong. Yet the Bible says God isnt holding anything against the sinner! God says He has canceled it out. Thats whats so awful: The poor sinner, not knowing this,will have to go to hell even though all of his debts are cancelled! Second Corinthians 5: Theres no sin problem. Jesus settled that.
Theres just asinner problem. Get the sinner to Jesus, and that cures theproblem. Yes, thats a little different from what people have beentaught, but its what the Bible says. The sinner doesnt know what belongs to him, so it wont dohim any good.
By the same token, if Christians dont know thethings that belong to them, they wont do them any good. Theyneed to find out about what belongs to them. Thats why God putteachers in the Church. Thats why God gave us His Word: In the natural world, too, things can be ours, yet if we dontknow about them, they wont do us any good. I couldntsay I didnt have it, because I had it all the time—I had carried itaround for months right in my hip pocket. Because I didnt knowwhat I had, I couldnt spend it, but it was just as much minewhen I didnt know about it as it was when I did.
He had been afamiliar sight on the streets of Chicago for about 20 years,always dressed in rags and eating out of garbage cans. That man had lived in abject poverty, peddling newspapersfor a living, yet he had money. He could have lived in the finesthotel in town instead of that little, rundown room. He could haveeaten the best food instead of garbage. But he didnt use whatbelonged to him. We need to know what belongs to us. Jesus said, "And yeshall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" John8: In Hosea God says, "My people [not sinners, not theworld] are destroyed for lack of knowledge People actually perish who wouldnt have to.
Chapter 2 2. The translators of the King James Version translated manywords consistently, but not the Greek words for "power" and"authority. We need to realize that weve got authority over them! Does the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ have or need anyless authority today than it had in the first century? It would bepreposterous to think so, wouldnt it? The value of our authority rests on the power that is behindthat authority. God Himself is the power behind our authority!
The devil and his forces are obliged to recognize our authority! The believer who thoroughly understands that the power ofGod is backing him can exercise his authority and face theenemy fearlessly. What is authority? Authority is delegated power. Policemen who direct traffic during the rush hour just raisetheir hands and the cars stop. These men dont have the physicalpower to stop the vehicles if the drivers choose not to stop. Butthey dont use their own strength to stop traffic; they are strong 15 People recognize that authority and stop their cars.
Blessed be God, theres authority thats vested in us by the LordJesus Christ! Paul told believers to be strong in the Lord, and in the powerof His might Eph. That means you can step out in front ofthe devil, hold up your hand, and tell him not to come any closer. Use your authority! Once in England Smith Wigglesworth was standing on astreet corner waiting for a bus. A woman came out of anapartment house, and a little dog ran out behind her. She said,"Honey, youre going to have to go back.
He just wagged histail and rubbed up against her affectionately. She said, "Now, dear, you cant go. About that time, the bus arrived. The woman stomped herfoot and yelled, "Get! Wigglesworth said he hollered out loud without eventhinking, "Thats the way youve got to do with the devil!
I didnt tell anyone about it except the Lord. I prayed andbelieved He would heal me. Then I stood my ground. In the nighttime I would be awakened with alarming heartsymptoms, and I would get up and pray. I battled that thing forabout six weeks. One night I had great difficulty in getting to sleep.
Finally,after praying, I drifted off, and I had a dream. I am satisfied thatGod has spoken to me only four times in my life throughdreams, but a dream like this one was no coincidence.
It was When I woke up, I knew immediately what itmeant. If you dont know the meaning of a dream immediately,forget it. In this dream it seemed that another minister and I werewalking on some kind of parade ground or ball field.
There werestands on either side of us. As we were walking along talking,the man jumped and exclaimed, "Look! The manstarted running. I started running with him. Then I stopped andtold him we were too far away from the stands to reach safety.
Wed never escape those lions. I stopped dead still, turned around, and went back to meetthe lions. They came toward me with their fangs bared, roaring.
I was trembling. I told them, "I resist you in the Name ofJesus. In Jesus Name you cant hurt me. Theyran right up to me like a couple of kittens, sniffed around myankles, and finally frolicked off, paying no attention to me. Then I woke up. I knew exactly what God was saying to me.
The Scripture in First Peter 5 came to me. It says, "Be sober, bevigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: The physical battle I had been fighting was won right then. Instantly the symptoms disappeared and I was all right.
I hadstood my ground. I wouldnt give in. I had won. Ephesians 6: But the Scripture doesnt say a word about beingstrong in yourself. It says to be strong in the Lord. Certainly you can make it.
Dont even think about it. Bestrong in the Lord. Be strong in the power of His might, not yourpower or might. But the power thats in you is greater than the power thats inthe world, because the power that backs our authority is greaterthan that which backs our enemies. Therefore, exercise thatauthority, for it belongs to you on the earth, and in this life yeshall reign by Christ Jesus.
Chapter 3 3. Seated With Christ Matthew He is the Head of the Church, and believers make up theBody. Christs authority has to be perpetuated through His Body,which is on the earth. Throughout Ephesians and elsewhere inthe epistles, Paul uses the human body as an illustration of theBody of Christ.
Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father—the place ofauthority—and were seated with Him. If you know anythingabout history, you know that to sit at the right hand of the kingor pope means authority.
We died with Christ, and we wereraised with Him. This is not something God is going to do in thefuture; He already has done it! Notice especially the nineteenth verse: The Resurrection was opposed by Satan and all his cohorts. However, his forces were confused and defeated by our LordJesus Christ, who arose, ascended, and is now seated at the righthand of the Father, far above them.
Remember the text in Colossians 2: Other translations say He"put them to nought" or "paralyzed them. Jesus didthis with the devil, putting him on display before three worlds—heaven, hell, and earth—after He defeated him. God gave us thisaccount in the Scriptures so we in this world would know whathad happened.
God wants us to know what happened in the death, burial,resurrection, and seating of Jesus Christ. He wants us to knowthat He has set Christ "Far above all principality, and power, Seated With Christ 21and might, and dominion, and every name that is named Notice in the eighteenth verse that theHoly Spirit through Paul prays that the eyes of the Ephesiansunderstanding—their spirits—might be opened to these truths.
He wanted all churches—all believers—to be enlightened.
Thetruth of the authority of the believer, however, is overlooked bymany Christians. In fact, most churches dont even know thebeliever has any authority! You never will understand the authority of the believer onlywith your intellect; you must get the spiritual revelation of it. You must believe it by faith. In other words, the act of God thatraised Christ from the dead also raised His Body.
In the mind ofGod, when Jesus was raised from the dead, we were raised fromthe dead! Further into the second chapter we read, "Even when wewere dead in sins, [He] hath quickened us together with Christ, And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together inheavenly places in Christ Jesus" vv. This passage dealswith the conferring of this authority. Notice that the Head Christ and the Body the Church were raised together.
Furthermore, this authority was conferrednot only upon the Head, but also upon the Body, because theHead and the Body are one. When you think of a person, youthink of his head and body as one. As far as I know, churches believe that we were raised uptogether with Christ. Why dont they believe that weve beenmade to sit together with Him? If part of this verse is so, thewhole verse is so.
If the Church ever gets the revelation that we are the Bodyof Christ, well rise up and do the works of Christ! Until now,weve been doing them only limitedly. When we realize that the authority that belongs to Christalso belongs to individual members of the Body of Christ and isavailable to us, our lives will be revolutionized! Seated With Christ 23 one body: Hes calling the Body, which is the Church, Christ. Thank God we are the Body of Christ! The believer is called "righteousness," and the unbeliever iscalled "unrighteousness.
We are Christ. Weare seated at the right hand of the Majesty on High. All thingshave been put under our feet. The trouble with us is that weve preached a "cross" religion,and we need to preach a "throne" religion.
By that I mean thatpeople have thought they were supposed to remain at the cross. Some have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, have backedup to the cross, and have stayed there ever since. Weve sung "Near the cross, near the cross.
The cross is actually a place of defeat, whereas theResurrection is a place of triumph. When you preach the cross,youre preaching death, and you leave people in death. We diedall right, but were raised with Christ. Were seated with Him. Positionally, thats where we are right now: Were seated withChrist in the place of authority in heavenly places.
Many Christians know nothing about the authority of thebeliever. They really dont believe we have any authority. Theybelieve theyre barely saved and they must go through life beingdominated by the devil while living on Barely-Get-Along Street. They magnify the devil more than they do God. We need to be delivered from the bondage of death and walkin the newness of life.
Were not at the cross. We died withChrist, but He has raised us up together with Him. Glory to God,learn how to take your place of authority. The right hand of the throne of God is the center of power ofthe whole universe! Exercising the power of the throne wascommitted to the resurrected Lord. We know that Christ with His resurrected physical body isthere in full possession of His rights, awaiting the Fathers timewhen His enemies shall be made His footstool.
Hebrews 1: That authoritybelongs to us! No wonder Paul said, writing to the Romans, "For if by onemans offence [spiritual] death reigned by one; much more theywhich receive abundance of grace and of the gift ofrighteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ" Rom. Were to reign as kings in life by Jesus Christ. Thats authority, isnt it?
Whatever the king said was law; he wasthe last authority. We partake of the authority that Christs thronerepresents. Some of us have exercised a little more authority over thepowers of the air than others because we have a little morespiritual comprehension, but God wants all of us to have thatspiritual comprehension.
Maintaining Balance The Holy Spirit prayed through Paul that we all might havewisdom, understanding, and authority over the demonic powersand the problems they create through their constant manipulationof mens minds.
It seems like its the most difficult thing in the world for theChurch to stay balanced. You can take any subject—includingthe authority of the believer—push it to the extreme, and itbecomes harmful and ceases to bless. He had the real thing. Then he began studying these veryScriptures we have been studying. He reasoned, "If we areChrist, then I am Christ. Christ is God, so I am God. The people worshiped him. Its easy to get into the ditch on either side of the road—intoexcess, wild fire, and fanaticism.
Lets go down the middle of theroad and maintain balance. John Alexander Dowie, a Scotsman who received arevelation about divine healing while ministering before the turnof the century in Australia, crossed the ocean many times duringhis lifetime. He encountered many storms, but said every time astorm came up, he did what Jesus did: He rebuked the storm and We should not be amazed by this, because Jesus said, ".. Hethat believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; andgreater works than these shall he do; because I go unto myFather" John Someone will ask what the "greaterworks" are.
Well, lets just do the works Jesus did first and thenthink about the "greater works"! Jesus didnt say that only a select few would do these works;He said those who believe on Him would. As we study what the Word of God teaches and educate ourspirits about the authority of the believer, I believe well be ableto walk in this great truth more and more. Chapter 4 4.
Breaking the Power of the Devil We see in Ephesians 6: The Word of God teaches us that these evil spirits are fallenangels who have been dethroned by the Lord Jesus Christ. Ourcontact with these demons should be with the knowledge thatJesus defeated them, spoiled them, put them to nought Col. And now that Jesus has dethroned them, we can reignover them! Adams Treason Originally, God made the earth and the fullness thereof,giving Adam dominion over all the works of His hands.
In otherwords, Adam was the god of this world. Adam committed hightreason and sold out to Satan, and Satan, through Adam, becamethe god of this world.
Adam didnt have the moral right tocommit treason, but he had the legal right to do so. Now Satan has a right to be here and be the god of thisworld until "Adams lease" runs out. Satan had the right to ruleover us until we became new creatures and got into the Body ofChrist, as we see in Colossians 1: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, andhath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son Thats why Satan has no right to rule us or dominate us.
Yetthe average Christian has more faith in Satans authority andpower than in Gods! In First Corinthians Our trouble is that we relegate everything to the future! Mostchurch people believe we will exercise our spiritual authoritysometime in the Millennium.
If that is so, why does the Bible saySatan will be bound during the Millennium? There wont be anyneed to exercise authority then, because there will be nothinghere that will hurt or destroy.
Authority Now Its now, when there is something that will hurt and destroy,that we have authority. But many people believe we cant havemuch of anything now. They think Satans running everythingdown here. We must remember, however, that although we arein the world, we are not of the world. Satans running a lot ofwhat is here on earth, but hes not running me. Hes not runningthe Church. Hes not dominating us. We can dominate him. Wehave authority over him! Jesus said, Behold, I give unto you power to tread onserpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy: Does the Church in this century have less authority than itdid right after Jesus death, burial, resurrection, ascension, andseating at the Fathers right hand?
If it has less authority today, itwould have been better for Jesus not to have died. But no, blessGod, we have authority. We need to build these truths into our lives by meditatingand feeding upon them until they become a part of ourconsciousness.
Naturally speaking, we eat certain foods every Breaking the Power of the Devil 29day because doctors tell us we need certain vitamins, minerals,etc. There are spiritual "vitamins" and"minerals," so to speak, we need to take every day, too, to behealthy Christians.
Jesus said in Matthew We are the Body of Christ. Thus, many problems exist because we permit themto—were not doing anything about them. Were the ones whoare supposed to do something about them, but were trying to getsomeone else, including God, to do something about them. This became real to me years ago when I was studying alongthis line.
I couldnt explain it in my mind, but I knew it in myspirit. I began to understand this authority we have.
Whilepraying for my older brothers salvation, I heard the Lord, in myspirit, challenge me. He said, "You do something about it! He was what you would call the "black sheep" of thefamily.
In spite of my prayers, he seemed to get worse instead ofbetter. I always had prayed, "God save him. I wasprone to slip back into praying this way, but after the Lordchallenged me to do something about it—after He told me I hadthe authority—I said, "In the Name of Jesus, I break the powerof the devil over my brothers life, and I claim his salvation!
I didnt keep saying it or praying it. When aking gives an order, he knows its going to be carried out. The devil tried to tell me my brother never would be saved,but I shut my mind off and started laughing. I said, "I dont thinkhell be saved—I know it! I took the Name of Jesus and broke Within ten days, my brother wassaved. The Word works! How To Deal With the Devil As long as Satan can keep you in unbelief or hold you in thearena of reason, hell whip you in every battle.
But if youll holdhim in the arena of faith and the Spirit, youll whip him everytime. He wont argue with you about the Name of Jesus—hesafraid of that Name. I have found that the most effective way to pray can be whenyou demand your rights. Thats the way I pray: Youre not demanding ofGod when you demand your rights; youre demanding of thedevil. Jesus made this statement in John