Our God-Given Authority

Read and Consider: Luke 10:17-22

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19).

(Teacher: Stormie Omartian)
What does it mean that we have authority to overcome all the power of the enemy? Why did Jesus think it was so important to tell us this? Because our enemy is powerful, and he is working everyday to hurt us, destroy us, and make us ineffective for God.

If we don’t take our enemy seriously, it is it is much easier for Satan to manipulate and deceive us. We are all involved in a spiritual battle with an enemy who won’t let up. Even though it is people who do evil things to us, we have to keep in mind that it is our ultimate enemy, the devil, who is behind it. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Even when we are being attacked by a person, recognizing who our real enemy is will be the first step in standing strong.

The second step has to do with acknowledging the authority that has been given to us by Christ Himself. Our enemy is not as powerful as he wants us to believe. Satan is not even close to being as powerful as God is, but he wants us to think he is. And he will overpower anyone who doesn’t understand that. Because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, the devil is a defeated foe. He can’t take our life and do what he wants with it unless we allow him to. He can’t have our soul unless we give it to him. He can only accomplish what he does through lies and deception. It’s our responsibility to recognize his lies and expose them for what they are. We do that by standing on the ultimate truth, which is the Word of God. The Word of God says that we have been given authority “to overcome all the power of the enemy.”. But so often we let the enemy get away with too much because we don’t exercise our God-given authority to control his access to our lives.

When we face difficulty or oppression, we never need to live under the assumption that it’s “just our bad luck.”. Instead, we can go before God in prayer, asking Him for discernment, wisdom, and strength to exercise the authority He has given us. Then we can get up and walk through our day as children of the King with all the honors, privileges, and authority of rightful heirs.

Stormie will now lead us in prayer:
Dear God, help me to fully understand the authority You have given me over the enemy of my soul. Thank You, Jesus, that because of what You accomplished on the cross, the enemy is defeated. Enable me to always recognize his lies and deception and be able to stand strong on the truth of Your Word so that I can control his access to my life.

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