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      Last time we began talking about spiritual authority. We found out from (EPH 1:3) that CHRIST has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing. And 1 of those spiritual blessings is AUTHORITY OVER SATAN and ALL OF HIS COHORTS.

I) It says in (Matthew 28:18) “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power [authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

A) Jesus had the authority to delegate His power.

1) That’s exactly what He did.

2) (MAT 28:19) “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

(a) Jesus is delegating his authority.

3) Even in (Mark 16) Where Jesus told us to lay hands on the sick and to cast out devils, He was delegating His authority.

(a) And in (Luke 10:19) Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power (or authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

(b) Again Jesus was teaching us that we have authority over Satan and over every demonic activity that we may ever face.

(i) We need to get this into our heart, into our spirit, so that we can walk in victory.

B) In (REV 19:6) it says, “for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

1) God is referred to as omnipotent or almighty.

(a) When we use the authority that God has given us in the right way, we have all of God’s power behind us.

(i) Notice I said, “In the right way.” We can’t go beyond the Word of God and expect God to back us up.

2) In (1PET 5:9) it tells us to resist the Devil steadfast in the faith.

(a) Let me ask you this question, What is the faith?

(i) Someone will say that it is the Christian faith. Well then, I would have to ask what is the Christian faith?

(ii) It’s the belief in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us.

(b) In other words it faith in Jesus and in His promises.

(c) When Peter said “Resist steadfast in the faith,” that means it’s going to take faith to resist the Devil.

(i) The word Resistmeansto set one's self against, to withstand, resist, oppose.”

(ii) Using our authority is 1 way to resist the Devil, but it has to be done in faith.

II) EPH 1:18-23.

A) In (V. 20), we see that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the father; that is The PLACE of authority.

B) In, (V. 21) it tells us that God has set JESUS, “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”

C) The source of our AUTHORITY is found in the RESURRECTION and the seating of Jesus at the Throne of God.

1) Or you could say, The source of our authority is found in the VICTORY of the Lord Jesus Christ over Satan.

2) Look at EPH 2:1-7.

(a) In the mind of God, when Jesus was raised from the dead, we were raised from the dead.

(b) Not only did God raise us up together, but He also made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ.

3) Look at EPH 2:5-6 again.

(a) When we realize that the authority that belongs to Jesus also belongs to us (on an individual level), our lives will be revolutionize.

(i) People have somewhat of a hard time with that, and by no means am I saying that we are equal to God.

(b) We are Christ's and Christ is ours. We're one.

(c) Is your head part of you? Is your body part of you?

(i) You're one.

(d) (EPH 1:22) Tells us that Jesus is the head of the Church. And in (V 23) it says that the Church is the Body.

4) 1COR 12:12-14,27 Thank God we are his body!

(a) (2 Corinthians 6:14-15) says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? (15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”

(b) The believer is called ‘RIGHTEOUSNESS,’ and the unbeliever is called, ‘UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.’ The believer is called ‘LIGHT,’ and the unbeliever, ‘DARKNESS,’ the believer is called ‘CHRIST,’ and the unbeliever, ‘BELIAL.’

(c) (1COR 6:17) “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”

(d) We are one with Christ.

(e) We are seated with the Lord Jesus Christ, and all things have been put under our feet.

(i) We have His delegated authority in this earth.

D) ROM 5:17.

1) The Wuest translation says, “In life we will reign as kings through the One, Jesus Christ.”

(a) The AMP. says the same thing.

2) How much AUTHORITY does a KING have?

(a) All the AUTHORITY of the KINGDOM. HALLELUJAH.

(b) We have all the authority of the Kingdom of God, if we use that authority in the NAME OF JESUS and use it in the WILL OF GOD.

III) There is 1 important point that I want to make, and that is we must MAINTAIN BALANCE.

A) In EPH 1, and EPH 3, Paul prayed that we would have wisdom and understanding.

1) Error can be caused because of misunderstanding.

(a) It seems like the apostles were always writing to the churches to correct some error that might have gotten in.

(b) You can take just about anything to the extreme, and it will become harmful.

(i) People could try to use their authority in an unscriptual way.

2) John Alexander Dowie crossed the ocean many times in his life. During his travels, he encountered many storms, but every time a storm came up he rebuked it and it always ceased.

(a) That's using our authority in a correct way.

B) That shouldn't surprise us. Jesus said in (JOHN 14:12) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater {works} than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

1) Jesus didn't just say that only a few would do these greater works.

(a) He said, “He that believes on me would do these greater works.”

IV) EPH 6:12 (My bible says, Wicked spirits in the heavenly)

A) Notice that we may wrestle against all the different types of spiritual wickedness.

1) Some have said that there are some that we never wrestle against.

(a) This V says that we will wrestle against them.

2) Let’s go on reading EPH 6:12-18.

B) When we come in contact with these different demonic beings, we need to know that Jesus already defeated them.

1) (COL 2:15) “{And} having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

(a) Now that Jesus has dethroned them, we can reign over them.

2) ADAM SOLD OUT.

(a) Adam was the 1 in authority in this world, after Adam’s fall Satan became the God of this world.

(b) Satan had a right to rule over us until we became new creatures in Christ. COL 1:12-13.

(c) In the Greek it says, “Who hath delivered us from the AUTHORITY of darkness, and hath translated {us} into the kingdom of his dear Son:”

C) Satan has no right to rule you or dominate you.

1) Sometimes people think that we will not be able to exercise our spiritual authority until we get in the Millennium

(a) Why will we need it then? Satan will be bound during the Millennium.

(b) There won't be any need to exercise authority then, because there won't be anything here that will hurt or destroy.

2) No, we do have authority right now over Satan and all of his demonic forces.

(a) If we want to have that victorious life we have learn to use our authority over Satan.

WOLCC 1/16/94 SUN & Sunday, May 20, 2001

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