Since God is the creator of the heavens and earth, he established all authority in the universe through the power of his word. The Apostle Paul traveled in the first century world with the word of God and the demonstrations of the power of the Spirit wrote this scripture:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (Romans 13:1 KJV)
The Authority of God
Although the evidence may seem contrary, there is no power or authority apart from God. Before Paul was an apostle, he was Saul the zealot; for the laws of God and in agreement with the religious leaders of his day. After Jesus was taken up into heaven, the religious leaders began to persecute every Israeli citizen who proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ. After witnessing the death of Stephen, Saul in effect arrested and killed as many believers in Jerusalem as he could find. Then he obtained legal papers from the Sanhedrin to track down these heretics in other cities, and had appointments in Damascus. His mission was to drag them from their homes, put them in prison and stone them to death.
On the way, Jesus met him, knocked him down and said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Saul said, “Who are you LORD? And what do you want me to do?” God can reach anyone anywhere, because he is in charge. But, when Saul got up he was blind. After a change of heart and days of fasting and prayer, God sent Ananias to open Saul’s eyes. Later he became the Apostle Paul.
How to Lose Your Authority
One day a lady came in with tormented thoughts of depression and suicide. The demonic had been oppressing her for years through intimidation and fear. She had complete authority, but had not learned to activate the power (the ability to act and do) of the revelation of Christ. With no practical spiritual help, she began seeing a psychiatrist and taking anti-depressants that kept her numb, and did not really help. As God began to open the eyes of her heart and soul, the spirit of discernment revealed a dark fog-like being surrounding her, with little static lightning bolts sporadically illuminating. She had lost her identity in her childhood, and began to believe that she was the sum of her dark secrets. She had been visited by a demon in the moment of great fear and told that he would “help” protect her. The demon lied, because that is what they do, but she wanted help so she agreed with him; but over the years her identity was eclipsed by this ominous cloud of depression. She believed the depression was her.
As this was being revealed I said, “This is good news.” She said, “Good news? This is not good news, it’s a demon. What do you mean it’s good news?” I responded, “Well, all that you have been experiencing, and all of the symptoms you have listed for me are the characteristics in this dark cloud around you. This means that it is not you! All of the thoughts of suicide and hopelessness are not you or your thoughts. It is the demon that is manifesting as this ominous cloud.” Then I said, “Do you want to keep this demon and his thoughts?” She said, “No! Are you kidding?” I reacted with a small chuckle, “I have to ask that question so that your will can engage.” As I began to reveal the authority that Christ had established for her, she was filled with a righteous anger for the years this demon had stolen from her.
How to Reactivate your Authority
At this point, we began to activate the authority of Christ through prayer. Faith coupled with prayer is the most powerful weapon that destroys the work of the enemy. We began to pray something like this:
In the name of Jesus and by the power of his blood, I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord over all creation, and I submit to him right now. Lord God, I take the authority you have given me, the authority of the word of God, and by the power of the blood of Jesus, I command any and every unclean spirit of depression and intimidation, manifesting around me or in me to be bound in Jesus’ name and to leave my life now! I renounce any involvement with it, and any participation with it, and any agreement that I have ever had with it.
Unclean spirit, I do not need you, I do not want you, and I command you to leave my life now, in Jesus’ name.’ Go now, before the throne of God, and give an account of yourself, and do not return to me in Jesus name!’
Lord Jesus, I agree with you that I have lived in fear. But from this moment, I renounce the spirit of fear and I receive a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. I choose right now to receive your perfect love to fill me. I confess any unforgiveness as sin, and I choose to forgive anyone who has ever hurt me. I choose to live in a spirit of forgiveness from this day forward.
Lord Jesus, will you please send the Holy Spirit to fill me, and send your healing light into my heart, my soul, my body, and my life right now, please? I receive the Spirit of holiness, the spirit of burning and justice, with power and might, to guard me in all the places of my heart and soul. Thank you Lord Jesus. I affirm my confidence and faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross right now in the name of Jesus, AMEN!
The Victory of God
She was delivered, stepped into the joy of the Lord and began to walk on a new trek with the eternal Father, as he reestablished her identity with him. When your identity is broken the demons attack you and desire to prey on you. Your identity is who you believe you are from the heart, and is very important to your sanity. The Apostle Paul almost two thousand years ago stated the identity that you have in Jesus Christ in Colossians 1:12-13.
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son…” (Colossians 1:12-13)
This is the identity God wants you to receive and believe. When you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you are a son or daughter of God, a saint of light, who has been translated from the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son. This means that you have the authority of your eternal Father, because you are his child.
In the beginning you were created in the image of God. God’s desire, as the very first Father, was to reproduce after his kind; in his image, according to his likeness, and conferring on his children the authority of his dominion. Father God gave Adam his own qualities, attributes and characteristics. He imagined a son that would look like him, not someone else. This is why you don’t look like a monkey. Aren’t you glad God loved you enough to make you in his image? Aren’t you glad he is not a duck?
When God made you, he also caused the creation to recognize his child and the authority he had given you. Therefore, you were given the authority to deal with the visible and invisible, and everything that creeps on the earth. This is the first establishment of divine authority given to you through his word.
RECEIVE HIM!!! BELIEVE HIM!!! HE GIVES YOU AUTHORITY, TODAY!!!