Authority to Believers
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Luke 10:19
Kingdom Men, righteousness requires authority and Jesus has delegated that authority to us as believers. Jesus secured that authority by going to the cross, dying a horrific death, suffering the penalty for our sins despite being sinless, and then gloriously overcoming death. He came to earth as a man for one reason: to evoke what Satan stole via our disobedience in the Garden.
Then, by His Grace, He freely handed it over to us, those who would believe in and love Him. It is not enough for us to simply accept Jesus’ work at Calvary and inherit “all [the] power given in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). Kingdom Men, it is our calling and our purpose to wield our, literal, God-given authority as believers—to stand against Satan, preach the gospel, and become “New Men” through sanctification.
God not only gave us the power, the authority, to confront the Deceiver; He also equipped us with the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10). But, it is our responsibility, as believers, to put on that armor, assert our authority, and meet the Enemy.
The Father has provided everything we need to spread the gospel. Every born-again believer has the authority and responsibility to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on this earth. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
We are the ones in authority, delegated by the highest power there ever was, there ever will be.. It is up to us to assert this authority to be sanctified. Take on the responsibility, and choose to turn from our sinful ways–the men we were before accepting Jesus. The Holy Spirit does the actual work in you, but you must make the decision to allow Him to do it and God has granted us the authority to make it. He will never force His will on anyone. So put off the old, sinful you; use the Word of God, and renew your mind: be sanctified.
Notice who is to do all these things. The believer is the one with the power and authority to do these things. Reminds me of the Matthew West song, “Do Something” – He did! He made you and me. It’s now up to us to exercise our authority. It is our responsibility, our obligation, our purpose. Jesus has already done everything else necessary. We have no excuses and all is worthless unless we take our position of authority and assume the responsibility He has charged us with.
Today’s Quote: “With great power comes great responsibility.” There is no greater power than His, and he has bestowed it upon us as believers. We have a great responsibility.