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        One of the goals of the enemy is to have us ignorant of our authority or power. He knows when the church comes to learn of their unlimited power, his work on earth will be hindered dramatically. Unfortunately we have been convoluted by the tradition attached to these words “Authority” and “Power.” In order to learn what power we really have, we must examine how those words are used in the Bible.
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Authority -vs- Power

Oct 14, 2013

When the church looks at the devil they often see a being that they believe has all sorts of superior, or at best equal, power against the church, as if we are helpless (except for the power of the Lord) to do anything against him or his cohorts. As a result of this reasoning, even the strongest believers have been unconsciously programed to think that they are inferior or even victim to the power of the enemy. This thinking process is unbiblical and seriously flawed. It causes the church to remain prisoner to the schemes of satin.

 

One of the goals of the enemy is to have us ignorant of our authority or power. He knows when the church comes to learn of their unlimited power, his work on earth will be hindered dramatically. Unfortunately we have been convoluted by the tradition attached to these words “Authority” and “Power.” In order to learn what power we really have, we must examine how those words are used in the Bible.

 

One of the benefits of using the King James Bible is overall congruency of translation throughout the entire book, but actually this is not the case for the words “power” and “authority.” For example, in the KJV, Jesus says in Luke 10:19: “Behold, I give you POWER to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the POWER of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

 

Although the english word “power” is used twice in this verse, two different words are found in the original Greek. What Jesus actually said was, “I have given you AUTHORITY to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the POWER of the enemy….” 

 

When the Word mentions serpents and scorpions, contextual clues let us know that Jesus is talking about demons and devils, evil spirits, and the like. Jesus was telling us that we have AUTHORITY over the devil’s POWER. It is not that the enemy has power and we are using our power to fight him. This verse is saying we have AUTHORITY over ALL the power of the enemy! 

 

“The value of our authority rests on the power that is behind that authority. God himself is the power behind our authority! The devil and his forces are obliged to recognize our authority!” - Kenneth E. Hagin

 

Every single believer who grasps that the power of God is backing him can exercise his authority and face the enemy fearlessly. 

 

The next logical step in this search of the understanding our authority is to ask: What is authority?

 

According the the Strongs greek dictionary authority is “delegated power.” A good example of this is a single policeman. He can stand in the midst of traffic and order cars to start and stop because he is confident of his delegated power. He knows that standing behind him is the entire police force of that city, which is backed by the county sheriffs, who are backed by the state police force with their SWAT, bomb sniffers, and aircraft. Backing the state police is the United States federal government—homeland security, the national guard, army, navy, coast guard, and air-force. Backing them is their allied nations and the entire United Nations. When the policeman stands directing traffic he has confidence consciously or unconsciously of his authority because of the power that backs him. This is “Delegated Power”

 

The policeman in this example does not have the physical power to stop the vehicles if the driver choose not to stop. But they don’t use their own strength to stop traffic; they are strong in the authority that is invested in them by the government they serve. Remember these words in Eph 6:10, “..be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” That means you can step out in front of the devil, hold up your hand, and tell him not to come any closer. Use your authority!

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Nathaniel Spiers

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Nathaniel Spiers is a minister, business owner, and eternal student of the Word. As director of Word of Power Ministries he has been called as a teacher and apostle to the body of Christ around the world. His commission is to prepare the church to be the bride Jesus deserves. He is passionate about seeing Christians become believers and males become men.


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