Walking in kingdom authority!

A while back I had a conversation with a wonderful Christian about the topic of what the Bible says concerning the believers authority in Christ.

Today’s blog is a bit of that conversation…

In (John 16:7-14) Jesus was speaking to His disciples and He told them in (vs 7) that it was important for Him to go and be seated in heaven so that the Holy Spirit would be poured out on them. Jesus goes on to describe what the ministry of the Holy Spirit would look like, and in (vs 14)  He tells them that the Holy Spirit would glorify Him by revealing and transmitting the authority that He  (Jesus) walked in during His ministry on earth and imparting that same type of authority and understanding to the disciples.

We need to know that Jesus has all power and authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). But since we were raised with Him, we have all power and authority as well (Ephesians 2:4-7). Every time the enemy tries to attack you, consider it an opportunity to exercise your power over him.

This authority on our lives comes because Jesus is glorified and sitting at the right hand of the Father — and as a result of this He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and empower our lives.

The Holy Spirit wants us to understand Jesus’ complete victory over Satan in the triumph of the cross. He wants us to see what Jesus’ seating on High really means to us and the rights and privileges we have in Christ. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places! And that position is one of authority, honor, and triumph—not one of failure, depression, and defeat. Through Christ, we have triumphed over Satan.

Believers have been ignorant of Satan’s devices, and because of this the enemy has been able to take advantage of them. But the Spirit of God wants us to understand the authority we have in Christ.

We are no longer subject to Satan because we have been delivered from his dominion and authority (Colossians 1:13). God wants the Body of Christ to know that we aren’t a defeated Church—we are a triumphant Church. We are to reign in life through Jesus Christ because of our position of authority over the devil. When the eyes of our understanding are enlightened, we will stand in our place of authority as the triumphant Church upon the earth.

Satan was dethroned by Jesus Christ at the cross of Calvary and in His resurrection. The devil has been removed from his throne, his place of prominence, his place of authority, and from his high office. Jesus has already done this for every believer.

Satan no longer has authority over believers, unless they give him access or authority through lack of knowledge of God’s Word, disobedience, or failure to exercise their rights in Christ. As Christians we need to stand in Jesus’ victory over the devil because we have been given authority in Christ. Jesus’ victory over the devil is now our victory.