Creflo A. Dollar
Did you know that you have been authorized by God? By that I mean that you have been given power, or divine authority, to rule over every situation and circumstance you encounter. Having continual victory over the devil depends on whether or not you understand your position in Christ and appropriate the power that has been given to you.
As a child of God, you have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s Son, Jesus. You are no longer subject to the law of sin and death that governs the world’s system. As an unbeliever, you had no choice but to submit to Satan’s rule; you were under his jurisdiction and had no authority over him. However, the moment you accepted Jesus into your heart, everything changed. On that day, God authorized you to tread on all of the power of the enemy in the name of Jesus (Luke 10:19).
To take advantage of your God-given authority as a Believer, you must first understand your spiritual position from God’s viewpoint. Ephesians 2:4-6 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together…and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” There is no reason for you to live below the standards God has set for you. Lack, sickness, poverty and bondage to demonic oppression have no place in the life of a Christian. You have been given a royal position in God’s eyes because you are seated in heavenly places with Jesus!
That’s good news! It means that if you are being whipped by the devil, it’s because you either don’t know your rights or you aren’t taking the initiative to exercise them. Because of the creative power invested in the Word of God, and because you have been created in God’s image and likeness as a speaking spirit (Genesis 1:27), you have the authority to speak to any situation that doesn’t line up with the Word and command it to leave.
Understand that you have been given authority. It is part of your salvation package. To not walk in it is to remain defeated. That’s like someone giving you an expensive gift and you refusing to open it. You’ll never partake of the contents of that gift if you don’t receive it. The same is true with the Believer’s authority. You must receive it by faith and then exercise it every chance you get. When Satan sees that you are proficient and confident in your authority, he won’t know the difference between you and Jesus.
As part of the body of Christ, your position of authority is undeniable. Ephesians 1:20-23 says:
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
All things have been placed under your feet. In fact, you are so far above Satan and his demonic forces that he can’t touch you unless you give him access. Jesus has already conquered the devil, and you are seated in the same place of victory with him.
In order to use your authority successfully, you’ll have to meditate on the Word of God until your heart is established on God’s promises. This will produce faith in your spirit. Then, when you speak the Word of God, power is released that causes things to change in your life. The ability to rearrange situations and circumstances is in your mouth. The Scripture says that demons and sickness were banished from people’s lives because of one word that Jesus spoke (Matthew 8:8-16, 32). That same power and authority lies in your mouth, too.
Don’t wait another day to start walking in your rightful place as a Christian. Meditate on the Word of God and become proficient at wielding the sword of the Spirit. When you know who you are and Whose you are, nothing can come against you and succeed—that’s what I call power!