THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER

BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 28:18-20; LUKE 10:18-19; EPHESIANS 2:6

“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.” Mark 11:23(NKJV).

The most powerful person on Earth is neither the president of the United States of America nor the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It is neither the president of Russia nor the Chancellor of Germany. The most powerful person on Earth is the Christian believer. (Matt. 16:19) Every believer has been granted by the Lord Jesus Christ the Power of Attorney which gives us the right to legislate on His Behalf. That is the essence of the Believer’s Authority, hence Jesus told us: “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. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on Earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.” (Matt. 18:18-19).

There are two Greek words translated into the English word “power”: (Lk. 10:19)
(1.) Exousia:
This actually means authority. It can also be referred to as commanding power which is the right to command and be obeyed.
(2.) Dunamis: This actually means the dynamic ability to effect or cause a change. It can also be referred to as firepower and is the etymological root of the words “dynamo” and “dynamite”.

The implication of this is that every Christian has the God-given right and duty to exercise authority over the Works of His Hands and expect full compliance for “Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say to him “What are you doing?” (Ecc. 8:4)
The scope of our authority as believers includes the following:

(a.) The Earth: God’s Domain is in the Heavenlies while man’s domain is the Earth. (Ps. 115:16)
(b.) The Works of God’s Hands:
This refers to all of Creation. (Ps. 8:6)
(c.) Angels:
This is one of the reasons we don’t pray to or worship them. (Heb. 1:14)
(d.) The devil and his network of forces:
This includes demons, native doctors, witches, sorcerers etc. (Col. 2:15)
(e.) The forces of nature or “Acts of God”: This includes tsunamis, Earthquakes, hurricanes etc. (Lk. 8:25)
(f.) Every kind of sickness and infirmity:
This covers every known or unknown ailment, whether viral, bacterial or fungal. (Mk. 16:18b)
(g.) Death: Nobody is permitted to die under your watch without your permission. (Heb. 2:14-15)

The Bible makes us understand that we have been made kings and priests. (Rev. 5:9-10) Kings go to battle for three major reasons:
(i.) To conquer new territory.
(ii.) To reclaim lost territory.
(iii.) To defend legitimate territory.

This is what the Lord God Almighty expects of us as His ambassadors and representatives. As the Scripture admonishes us “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made you free… (Gal. 5:1a) Raise your rod and begin to exercise your authority as a believer.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, to You alone we ascribe all the Glory and Honour. O Lord, please open our eyes to comprehend the full scope of our authority as Christians in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

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