The Contrast: The Authority of the Believer

Jun. 9, 2019 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

The covenant of grace frees us from having to believe in what we do, and teaches us the power of believing in what Jesus has already done. Knowledge of this important distinction allows us to perform the necessary acts of faith to activate the spiritual authority God has given us. We will not see results in our lives if we ask God to do something He already did, or to do something He told us to do. We have been given the right to command and the right to use God’s power; we received these rights not because we earned them, but because of His unmerited favor toward us. The devil’s mission is to destroy us, but as born-again Christians, we must not be ignorant of the enormous power we possess. There is no reason to tolerate anything Satan throws at us because our ability greatly exceeds his; we defeat him by accessing our God-given authority. When believers start believing, the devil and all his strategies are defeated.

  1. We have been given the power we need to succeed in life. We are not helpless.
    1. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
      1. Through His grace, God has given us authority. Authority is the right to command in life.
    2. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease… And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matthew 10:1, 7, 8).
      1. We may not believe we can do this as born-again Christians, because we have never been taught about the power we have.
      2. Some churches actually teach that the devil does not exist, and that there are no such things as unclean spirits; however, we must be able to recognize these things in order to cast them out.
      3. God has already provided us with all the power we need; it is our responsibility to flip the switch and access it.
      4. We have authority in our mouths; our first response to a situation can determine how it turns out.
      5. Whether the situation is lack, insufficiency, or anything else, we can speak the Word to it.
      6. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
    3. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).
      1. We have been given authority over all the ability of the devil.
      2. We have absolute mastery over every demonic force. When someone constantly gives us trouble, it may be because they are being demonically influenced. Our enemy is not other people, but evil spirits.
      3. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).
      4. We must not be afraid; often, our fear of something is worse than the thing itself.
      5. We can take authority over the spirit of fear; we do not have to tolerate it.
      6. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
  1. We cannot succeed at anything apart from Jesus. Any power we have comes from Him.
    1. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5).
      1. As our vine, Jesus supplies our ability. As the branches, we flip the switch and produce the fruit. Our job is to give birth to the manifestation of that fruit.
    2. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5).
      1. “Conversation” in this context refers to a person’s lifestyle.
      2. We cannot bear fruit alone; however, when we are born again, we will never be alone.
    3. Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (Hebrews13:5, AMPC).
      1. We will never be branches without a vine. A branch without a vine dies, but God is not going anywhere.
      2. “Love of money” is when we trust in it more than in God.
  1. God keeps every promise He makes to us; it is impossible for Him not to do so.
    1. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:19, 20, NLT).
      1. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that is available to us. With this in mind, there is no reason to be afraid or to put up with any nonsense from the enemy.
    2. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
      1. To resist is to actively fight against. Obviously, the devil does exist, because we are told to resist him.
      2. We resist situations that contradict God’s Word by opening our mouths and speaking the Word that applies to that situation. Sometimes we must do this repeatedly.
    3. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David (Psalm 89:34, 35).
      1. God is incapable of breaking His covenant to us. Whatever He says is what He must do; He cannot lie.
    4. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3).
      1. God’s power is His Word; when we use His Word, we have that same power.
  1. Words are powerful; we can speak our faith to move mountains and see results.
    1. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength (Acts 3:4-7).
      1. Peter used God’s power in this situation.
      2. Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles.
      3. “In the name of” can be translated to “in the authority of.” We have been given the right to use Christ’s authority.
    2. And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:20-23).
      1. Curses are words that are responsible for the empowerment to fail. This is why it is so important not to speak negative words against someone else. We should bless, not curse.
      2. We display real faith when we speak to the mountains in our lives, cast them into the sea, and expect that what we say will happen.
    3. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).
      1. The words that come out of our mouths are vitally important.
      2. We walk in the results of our words. If we wonder how we got into a particular situation, we can backtrack and analyze what we said.
  1. We wield tremendous power and authority. It is important that we remember this.
    1. There are six areas where we have authority.
      1. The first area is over our seed. We have authority to give, and it shall be given unto us (Luke 6:38). If we do not give, it will not be given unto us.
      2. When we resist the enemy, he will flee from us (James 4:7). If we do not resist, he will not leave.
      3. We speak to the mountains in our lives to remove them (Mark11:230). If we fail to do this, they will get progressively bigger.
      4. We can stop worrying; there is no need to be stressed out or depressed. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).
      5. The fifth area is in our prayers. We can pray according to what Jesus has already done, receive it, and watch it come to pass.
      6. We also have authority to condemn weapons formed against us. We can condemn any words others speak that go against God’s Word.
      7. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD (Isaiah 54:17).
    2. There are five practical keys to operating in our authority.
      1. We need to speak directly to our problems, not about them.
      2. God did not tell us to talk to Him about our problems and ask Him to make them go away; He told us to speak to the mountain and cast it into the sea.
      3. We must talk to our problem about God, not to God about our problem.
      4. Religion does not talk about the authority of the believer, because it is a safe way out. If we do not have any authority, we cannot hold ourselves accountable.
      5. Instead of asking God to heal, we can praise Him because He has already provided healing.

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