Summary: Learning to walk in the authority Jesus gave us.
In the first study we started with the words of the Apostle Paul, and defining what a conqueror is. I would like to start off with this again.
Romans 8:37-39. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We said the Greek Word for conqueror here is hupernikao. Vines New Testament dictionary says that hupernikao is to gain a surpassing victory, lit., "we are hyper-conquerors," i.e., we are pre-eminently victorious.
In this study I would like to talk about the purpose for our being conquerors. Have you ever stopped to consider the reason for us being called to conquer? Jesus has already defeated Satan, yet he is still in this world and he still has power. However his authority has been taken away. He no longer has the authority to use that power, we are the spiritual police that have been placed here to enforce God’s plan for this Earth.
Jesus said in Luke 10:19. "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
This is the New king James version. The original king James said behold I give you power.
The correct translation here is authority as the New King James says it. Vines says authority means… From the meaning of "leave or permission," or liberty of doing as one pleases, it passed to that of "the ability or strength with which one is endued," then to that of the "power of authority," the right to exercise power, also the power of rule or government," the power of one whose will and commands must be obeyed by others, that which is subject to authority or rule, one who possesses authority, a ruler, magistrate.
In other words Jesus said we were given the right to command and exercise power over the enemy. He has given us this authority. We were given very specific authority for a purpose.
Without the authority to use God’s power we would fail in our mission here. However God has not called us to fail. We are called to conquer. As we said in the first study, if there was no enemy we would not need to be a conqueror. I realize this sounds like an obvious statement, but it is a truth that much of the body of Christ has not seen. If there was no obstacle to overcome, God would not have needed to give us the ability to overcome would He? He has given us the authority to overcome and has done so, so that we can fulfill our purpose here on this Earth, to fulfill the great commission.
Jesus said we are the salt of the Earth, what good is salt if it has lost it’s saltiness. It’s no good at all. We are here to preserve this Earth, not just to take up space. We do this by walking in the authority that Jesus has given to us. We are here to enforce what Jesus has already accomplished. We are here to take back by the power of God what Satan is illegally taking from God’s children. That’s the reason for the authority. Not just so there would be no problems. There are always going to be problems. We have been called to enforce God’s rule and overcome every problem so that the Gospel can go forth over the Earth. But first of all we have to understand that there is a process to this. We don’t start out as walking as world conquerors, even though we have been given the authority we have to learn to walk in these things. We start out as babies. There is a process here, we have to learn to walk in this victory so that we can keep and preserve the land that we have overcome, and not loose what we have gained. I have seen people delivered by the power of God and then some months later loose what they had received. The reason for this is that they had no teaching on how to keep the victory. They did not know how to walk in a sustained state of victory and maintain what they had been given. They lost what was legally theirs. They still had the authority to stay delivered, but they didn’t know how to walk in it. God wants us to conquer the land progressively and keep what we have won. It’s hard to take the victory away from someone who has conquered the land and fortified the walls after they inhabited it. On the other hand if they had just walked into the land and pitched a tent, they would be ripe for the enemies picking so to speak.