The Authority of the Believer

by Rev. Pat Bean

It is imperative as Christians and especially intercessors that we know our authority as believers.  Then we can take our rightful place standing for righteousness and enforcing God’s commandments while opposing the forces of evil and the enemies of the cross.  The thief/enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy our lives and that of our families, friends, communities and even this world (John 10:10a).

In Luke 10:19 Jesus tells His disciples, “Behold I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions; and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall; by any means hurt you.”  The power in this verse given to the disciples is exousia which means authority (1849).  Where does this power emanate from?  It comes out of a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, positionally God delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Colossians 1:13-14). Colossians 3:3 says, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” At the point of salvation positionally we are in Christ, seated with Him in heavenly places and all demonic powers (thrones, dominions, principalities) are under His feet (Eph. 1:3-5, Col. 1:15-20).  Also at the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit baptized us into the Body of Christ (I Corin. 12:12); Christ is the Head of the Church and we are the Body of Christ.

Out of this symbiotic relationship with Christ we have been given delegated authority or power of attorney to operate in His name.  Jesus said in John 16:24, “Hitherto, you have asked nothing in my name; ask that ye may receive and your joy be made full.”  Jesus gave the disciples the authority to ask the Father for anything in His name.  Jesus’ name is an exalted name; God gave Jesus a name that is above all names.  At that name every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord (Phil. 1:13-14). Jesus told his disciples if you ask anything in my name I will do it (John 14:13-14).  Scripture says “If ye ask anything according to His will, he heareth us.” So we are to ask in His name, according to His word and His will for a situation.

As intercessors we should find the specific word or promises that apply to a situation and then we should pray that over the circumstances, thereby, releasing the government of God over it.  Then we wait on God to bring about the manifestation of His promise. We wait in faith believing God, but we also have to have the same resolve of the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace who said if he doesn’t deliver us, He is still able (Dan. 3:16-18).   As we wait we celebrate God’s ability to do it and we submit ourselves to the timing of God as to when He will do it.

 There is an example in the Scriptures where the name of Jesus was used and the persons using the name didn’t have the authority to use Jesus’ name.  The Sons of Sceva used the name of Jesus to cast out demons.  Please note there is power in the name of Jesus and the demons came out.  But they jumped onto the Sons of Sceva, tore off their clothes and ran them off.  Why did the Sons of Sceva get this response from the demons? Could it be because the Sons of Sceva were not in covenant with Jesus?  The demons responded to the power of the name but then they turned and attacked the ones who used the name because they lacked the authority (power of attorney) that went along with using the name of Jesus.  As a matter of fact, the demons spoke to the Sons of Sceva and said “Paul I know and Jesus I know, but who are you?" (Acts 19:13-16).

In Luke 10:19, Jesus said he gave us power (#1849) (exousia= authority/jurisdiction) over all the power (dunamis=might #1411) of the enemy.  Just know that we have a covenant relationship with Jesus and because of that we have the authority to use that great name against the power of the enemy. As intercessors, you must know your authority, walk in it and exercise it fully in your prayer time and throughout your daily walk.  Just remember, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us (Rom. 8:37).”