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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Authority & Power

“19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 King James Version).

On the surface level, we see that Jesus has given us the power to walk on serpents and scorpions, which is the same as putting your foot on the neck of the enemy and subduing them. He goes on to say that He has given us power over all the power of the enemy, and that nothing shall hurt us as we are exercising this power.

A serpent bites and a scorpion stings. We have been given power to take control over those things in our lives that would bite or sting us, that would hurt us. More specifically, in the Greek language, a serpent is not only a symbol of satan, but also of slyness, cunning, and keen vision. This is a person that is skillful at deceiving us. They are very intelligent and perceive how to get the best of us through manipulation, just as the serpent did Eve in the garden. Jesus says that He has given us the power to see through those schemes and stomp their presence out of our lives. Likewise, a scorpion has poison in its stinger. We have been given the power to stomp the poison out of our lives.

The verse goes on to say that in addition to having the power to walk on serpents and scorpions, we also have power over all the power of the enemy. The power that we have been given is translated exousia in the Greek language. That means authority, privilege, right, and power. It means that we have permission to exercise the power that we have been given. We have the right to tell the enemy to get out of our lives.

The power that the enemy has is translated dynamis (pronounced d00-na-mis). This is miracle-working power, strength, might, violence, and wonderful power. It is where we get words like dynamite, dynamo, dynamic, all of which imply power, movement, and force.

Jesus is saying, “I have given you the authority to take control of those things in your life that would harm you, and subdue them. Also, I have given you authority over all of the might and strength of the enemy.”

Authority is defined as the power to command. It is a right. If a police officer steps into the road and holds up their hand signaling traffic to stop, it doesn’t matter how much traffic or how big the vehicles are, they must stop. It can be an 18 wheeler, a bus, a monster truck, or a tank. If the officer says stop, they must stop. That officer has been given the authority to give that order and the world recognizes the uniform and the badge.

In our own lives, it doesn't matter how big the threat is, HIV, cancer, paralysis, blindness, death, poor relationships, poverty, pain, sickness, addiction, anger, depression, dementia, Alzheimer's, and whatever else you can think of or name; we have been given the exousia (authority) to stomp it out of our lives. We can raise our hand just like that officer and say no way, stop, you can't come in here, leave in the name of Jesus, and it must flee!

The demonic world recognizes the badge of authority we have been given by Jesus. It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that rests upon each one of us who is a believer. Look at these passages of scripture where demons recognize the authority conferred on believers. Jesus stated, “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth HIM that sent me.” (Luke 10:16 KJV). When we speak under the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit in us, it is not us speaking, but Jesus speaking through us! The demons don’t hear us, they hear Jesus! They hear the power behind our words because we are operating in GOD’s strength and not our own.

“17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” (Luke 10:17 KJV).

“16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” (Acts 16:16-17 KJV).

“13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” (Acts 19:13, 15 New Living Translation).

“28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:28, 29 KJV).

As the scripture states, “9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9-10 KJV). Also, “19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19 KJV).

We have been given the authority to use the name of Jesus and see the enemy flee. We have been given the authority to use the name of Jesus so that when we show up demons tremble. We have also been given dynamis, that miracle working power through the Holy Spirit living inside of us. “8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 KJV).

We have the same Holy Spirit in us that was in Jesus and enabled Him to perform all those miracles, that allowed the disciples to perform those same miraculous acts, and to allow us in 2021 to do those same things and more as we are witnesses for Jesus. Every time we show up and preach the word, we are witnessing for Jesus. Every time we tell someone about Jesus, we are being witnesses. Every time we listen to the Holy Spirit and pray for ourselves or someone else, we are being witnesses for Jesus.

This authority and power have been given to us to destroy all the works of the enemy in our lives, in the world, and to teach others to do the same. We are to save souls with our testimony of how GOD saved us through a man named Jesus! Won’t you use your authority and power today to get free, and set others free?

Remember, “23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:23 NLT). We have been given the privilege of letting someone know that their sins have been forgiven as soon as they make the decision to believe in Jesus. Conversely, if they do not choose to believe in Jesus then their sins are not forgiven. That is both a mandate and a responsibility for the believer. Again, let's use our power and authority today to set ourselves free from any oppression, and release others from theirs in the name of Jesus! Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

“20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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