Summary: Each and every person who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior possesses a very powerful tool. I want to enable you with this tool today. This tool is called Spiritual Authority and it is the key to the kingdom of God.
Each and every person who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior possesses a very powerful tool. I want to enable you with this tool today.
This tool was given to us when Jesus conquered the grave. This tool is called Spiritual Authority and it is the key to the kingdom of God.
Keys represent authority. I have a key that will open every door in this building. I can unlock them all because I have the authority to do so. A door is meant to be a barrier, but if you posses the key the barrier no longer hinders you.
As Christians, we possess the key to the kingdom of God which means we have authority over everything that would hinder us. That means we have authority over the enemy. Nothing that the enemy of my soul throws at me or puts in my way can deter me or slow me down or cause me to give up.
Why? Because I have the key of authority and that authority is the power of God that raised Jesus Christ from the grave.
Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.
Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my minds so I can understand your Word.
And, open my heart so I may receive all that You would have me receive.
The spiritual authority of the believer is revealed to us in the book of Ephesians.
In that book the Apostle Paul explains to all believers that we have authority over Satan and all his dominion. We have that authority through Jesus Christ. It is an authority that assures us that we have the victory over the enemy because he is already been defeated!
Jesus defeated him over 2000 years ago when He went to the cross and bled and died and rose again for each and every one of us.
Sadly, not enough churches teach about the spiritual authority of the born again believer and the result is that many believers don’t know anything about it.
Some believers think that spiritual authority over the enemy is something that is reserved for only a few people, the pastor, and missionaries and evangelists and church leaders. That is simply not true.
The truth is that spiritual authority over Satan belongs to every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. You received the key to the kingdom of God when you gave your heart to Jesus.
This is a truth that Satan does not want the church to know. He wants us to be defeated. Remember, the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to continue to defeat us any way he can and he will do anything he can to keep us from living the life of victory that God has promised us.
Satan knows that if the church exercises its spiritual authority over him, he is then powerless over the church.
What is authority? Simply put, authority is delegated power.
A policeman who is directing traffic at an accident scene is a good example. All they have to do is raise their hand and the traffic stops. They don’t stop the cars with physical strength they use the authority that is delegated and invested in them by the government they serve.
Another example of authority is seen in the story of the chicken lady.
Christian Herter was the governor of Massachusetts in 1953 to 1956. While running for his second term, he was out campaigning and arrived at a church picnic. He was starving.
As he moved down the serving line he held out his plate for a piece of chicken and the woman serving the chicken put one piece of chicken on his plate and started to serve the next person.
The governor said to the woman, “Excuse me, may I have another piece of chicken?” And she replied, “I’m sorry, I was told to give everyone only one piece of chicken.”
“But I am starving,” the governor replied.
“Sorry, only one to a customer,” replied the woman.
The governor was a little put out by this and he said, “Do you know who I am? I am the governor of this state.” And to that the woman answered, “Do you know who I am? I am the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along mister.”
She had authority.
Listen very carefully… The very day, the very hour, the very second you became born again and redeemed and washed in the blood of Lamb of God, Jesus Christ you received this key.
It was the same tool that Jesus gave His 12 disciples and it was the same tool that Jesus gave the 72 others that He sent out to share the good news.
READ Luke 10:1-4 & 17-20