Understanding Your Spiritual Authority In Jesus Name
As a Child of God, according to Luke 10:19 you have authority over demonic spirits… They have no authority over you.
This is one of the many promises that Jesus gave to us as Born Again Christians, “…These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils,” Mark 16:17.
In the authority of Jesus name, you can cast out demons, but operating under His authority is more than just saying, “In Jesus name!”
Most Christians don’t understand this at all.
The Authority of Jesus Name
When He said, “In my name” He didn’t mean repeat a religious formula at the end of every sentence that would somehow release the magical power of God.
God is NOT a magician!
He is a God of miracles, a God of the miraculous, not the magical!
The word “name” in Hebrew is “Shem” (pronounced ‘shame’) and it means “character and authority.”
“In Jesus’ name” means, “in the same authority and character of Jesus Christ!”
It means you understand the authority and character of who is backing you up and whom you represent when you speak.
It means you appreciate the fact that in order to flow in His power you must have the correct belief and understanding of who you are in Christ.
When you begin to command things from that perspective, with that level of understanding, whether they are principalities or powers, things present or things to come, seen or unseen, they must all bow to the Lordship of the one you represent and in whose authority you speak!
To the degree that you walk in the truth of God’s word, is the degree that you’ll demonstrate authority through your words.
God’s word authorizes your words.
To the degree that you conform to the image of Christ and submit to His Spirit in you is to the same degree that demons will recognize the image of Christ in you and obey His Spirit through you.
The demon in the account of Acts 19:13-17 asked the sons of the High priest, “Who are you” because he did not recognize the image of Christ in them. They were NOT Born Again!
When you’re born again Christ lives in and operates through you.
This is called delegated authority… Your power source is the Christ in you.
As you conform to His image in you… everything else obeys His authority through you.
This… is operating in Jesus name!
Not tagging some religious phrase at the end of every sentence.
Many years ago a dear friend of mine, Bro. Errol, shared an experience he had with me.
It was during a deliverance service in the small Pentecostal church we grew up in.
A new convert began manifesting demons and one of the female Elders was trying to hold her still and pray for her at the same time with much difficulty.
So, under the unction of the Holy Ghost Brother Errol leapt across the room, pointed a finger at the young Christian and commanded… “OUT!!!”
The demons immediately left and she slumped to floor as the peace of God swept over her entire body… that was it!
The entire deliverance took a couple seconds and no one said, “In Jesus name.”
Because he operated in the character and authority of Jesus Christ!
Instead of mentioning Jesus’ name, he demonstrated Jesus’ name.
This is what true spiritual authority looks like… It’s the effective demonstration of the power and character of Jesus Christ.
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