“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons …” (Mark 16:17-18 NKJ).
As a believer, you have been given the authority to advance the kingdom of God and to make disciples of all nations. It is your marching order from the Lord to go ahead and turn this world upside down for Jesus. However, you are not only to share the good news, but to make disciples. You have to make somebody to be a follower of Christ, a student of the Gospel, and a supporter of the cause.
You must realize that it takes more than a disciple to produce a disciple. Therefore, as a believer, you have to grow in faith and become one of the makers of disciples of Christ. Although all of us believers are still students of the Lord, we have an obligation to train others and prepare them for the ministry and for the coming of the Lord.
God, however, will never leave us in the dark and to figure out by ourselves how to finish the work He gave us. He will always provide us the tools and the help to accomplish the things He wanted us to accomplish. Aside from the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus has delegated His authority to us believers. God has given us the authority in the name of Jesus to dominate and subdue the kingdom of darkness and its demons.
It’s so amazing that Jesus delegated this authority to His disciples even before His death and resurrection. Evil spirits obeyed them, and they had power over the enemy.
• “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19 NKJ).
On the other hand, the devil will do everything to prevent you from using your authority. The devil will use fear, lies and deceit to stop you from advancing the kingdom of God. The devil knows that he cannot dominate or over power you unless you allow him to do so. Therefore he wants you to be ignorant of the power of your authority in Christ. But don’t let the devil fool you. You must have the revelation knowledge of your authority in Christ, and use it to the utmost.
• “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth” (Philippians 2:10 NKJ).
First, understand in your spirit that the Scripture declares that every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus is highly exalted above all powers and authorities in all of God’s creations. To bow our knees to Jesus means to worship Him; to give Him the honor and the glory; to render Him the praise and thanksgiving forever and ever.
Every evil in hell shall bow down at the name of Jesus, even Satan himself. Jesus is the Lord of lords and the King of kings. You have to digest this truth in your mind and in your spirit. You must believe and have confident in your heart that at the name of Jesus every creation will bow down its knees in reverence and awe.
And when you lay your hands on the sick and rebuke that sickness in the name of Jesus, that sickness will bow down and flee away. And when you speak to your mountain to cast itself into the sea, it will obey you.
• “… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8 NKJ).
• “… that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14 NKJ).
Second, understand that Jesus did not come only to save us from our sin and give us eternal life, but He also came to destroy the works of the devil. What a glorious salvation we have in Him. We were not only rescued from our enemy, but our enemy was also destroyed. If our enemy has been destroyed, then fear him not. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).
• “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13 NKJ).
Although in this world we have tribulations, Jesus told us to cheer up because He has overcome the world. We have been removed from the power of darkness (power of our enemy) and we’re placed in the kingdom of Christ. We are not in the boundaries of the kingdom of our enemy anymore. We are now in the kingdom of His Son. The devil has no authority over us and has no power to mess around with us.
Realize that the Body of Christ is fighting against a defeated foe. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, redeemed from the bondage of sin, and redeemed from the effects of sin by the blood of Jesus. We have boldness to enter the throne of God and receive His mercy and grace in time of need.
• “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7 NKJ).
Third, resist the devil. Jesus will not resist the devil for you. Jesus has already given you a direct command to cast out the devil. You as a believer will do the resisting of your enemy. It is your responsibility as a disciple of Jesus to apply what you have learned from Him.
Also, you don’t ask God to rebuke the devil out of your life. It’s the other way around. As a matter of fact, God is not even asking you to do it, but He gave you a direct command to resist the devil.
It takes faith to step up to the plate and to show your authority to your enemy. God wants you to exercise your authority and He wants to see you in charge of your life. You are in control of your situation and not the devil. So don’t let him run your life. Instead, run him over in Jesus Name!
Use your authority against the enemy. You have to resist him in the name of Jesus. You have to rebuke every work of him in the name of Jesus. The devil and his cohorts shall acknowledge your God given authority in the name of Jesus.
You will be amazed at the faithfulness our God. Truly, He will never leave us nor forsake us. Because of this delegated authority in Christ, we always triumph in Him and we enjoy living as overcomers.