We are continuing our series on healing. We started off going into hindrances to receiving our healing that included unforgiveness toward ourselves or others, bitterness, etc. We also started talking about how our faith needs to be activated for our healing to manifest. Now, we are continuing this discussion on how faith and our authority actually activate the Word of God to be performed in our healing and how the three work in unison.
Just to review, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We know that without faith it impossible to please God. Summing up Hebrews 11:1-6…
Now, we will be talking about our authority.
The dictionary defines authority as: The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.
The good news is that God has given us ALL power and authority! Throughout the Old and New Testament, God shows us the authority we have. Read Psalm 91 alone and it will encourage and equip you!
Luke 10:19– “Now you understand that I have imparted to you all my authority to trample over his kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every power Satan possesses. Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority.”
We must get a revelation of the power and authority that has been given to us! It is a gift and given to us upon salvation. Most of us are unaware that we have been given such authority. Most of us operate from our own ability and strength, but the Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:10 to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
Here is a great example of a Roman Officer in the New Testament who understood his authority…
Matthew 8:8 (TPT)– “But the Roman officer interjected, “Lord, who am I to have you come into my house? I understand your authority, for I too am a man who walks under authority and have authority over soldiers who serve under me. I can tell one to go and he’ll go, and another to come and he’ll come. I order my servants and they’ll do whatever I ask.”
What is so amazing is this man wasn’t a preacher, or one of the disciples that Jesus marveled at, but a soldier/officer. If we truly begin to understand that we are Gods commanders/soldiers here on earth and have the power and right to command His word over all things, we truly would see His kingdom come on earth, as it is heaven.
Not even the enemy can resist a child of God who KNOWS their authority! Authority doesn’t just rest on the big and mighty and strong! Authority is WHO WE ARE as children of God!
When the enemy sees you, he should automatically see your faith and know he is under your feet!
We need to understand that there is a difference between knowing your authority and using it! You can have all the knowledge of God’s word but not use it. We can have head knowledge, but not have that truth cemented in our hearts…just knowing isn’t enough, but knowing and exercising it is where the difference is.
We can become fat Christians. We go to Church and get the Word, get fed and keep going, but that’s the extent of it. We don’t always do anything with it and just like eating – we feed ourselves, but we also need to exercise…we can’t keep the Word in us and not use it…we cannot be hearers only, but doers of the word.
Exercising authority strengthens our faith muscle. We have to have faith in the authority God has given us!
Here are some scriptures about faith to help you:
Ephesians 6:16– “In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One!”
Romans 1:16-17– “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
2 Corinthians 4:13– “We have the same Spirit of faith that is described in the Scriptures when it says, “First I believed, then I spoke in faith.” So we also first believe then speak in faith.”
“To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” ~ George Mueller
There is so much more to be said about faith and authority, but hopefully this foundation will get you moving toward walking in that authority and exercising that faith muscle! Praying for you always!
Michelle and Vanessa