The Authority of the Believer: Standing in Our Healing

THE NECESSITY OF STANDING

Each believer must be taught to receive healing and freedom and then to keep it by personally exercising the authority that they receive in Christ by standing on the Word of God. The shield of faith is the continually confident declaration of the Word against the enemy’s attack.

11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers…in the heavenly places. 13 Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand…having girded your waist with truth…16 taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one…17 Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God… (Eph. 6:11-17)

Principle of the kingdom: The demonstration of the Spirit follows a declaration of a believer. The Spirit moves as the Word is spoken. We resist oppression by rebuking it in Jesus’ name.

Stand: Once a person is delivered, they must learn to stand against the Devil for themselves. We must stand to keep the ground that we take from the enemy. He will come to us to take it back by lies. We stand by speaking God’s Word as our weapon and protection against demons.

Our problems are often the result of several factors working together, including psychological issues (our mindset, belief systems, and life choices), physiological issues (diet, alcohol, chemical, etc.), sociological issues (what others do to us), and spiritual (demonic attack).

By using our authority, we can remove the added pressure that demons bring to our problems. This makes it much easier to solve physiological, psychological, and sociological problems. Exercising authority against Satan’s attack does not automatically cancel all the consequences of our wrong choices or all the effects of what others do to us as they exercise their free will.

Demons continually attack those who have been set free. They return over and over, seeking to allure people to return to their former lifestyle. They bring more demons with them (v. 44).
43When an unclean spirit goes out of a man…44 Then he says, “I will return to my house from which I came.”…45 He takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. (Mt. 12:43-45)

The primary way Satan tries to gain access to people is through their mind and body. The degree to which we yield to Satan in these areas determines how much Satan is able to influence us.

Each person has three parts: We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. Demons can influence or oppress a Christian’s body and soul (mind and emotions) without possessing their spirit. There are degrees of oppression. A bad mood or emotional funk can be the direct result of flaming missiles of demonic oppression.

OUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY IS BASED ON JESUS’ VICTORY

At the cross, Jesus as a Man defeated Satan and all demonic principalities and made a public spectacle of them before the audience of heaven, hell, and earth. This victory is finished.

15Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it [His death and resurrection]. (Col. 2:15)

Our spiritual authority is based on our union with Jesus. The power and benefits that Jesus received as a man raised from the dead are given to us. God gave Jesus to the Church (v. 22) as our head (v. 22) and made us His body, or vehicle, to express His power to the earth (v. 23).
19The exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe…20 which He [the Father] worked in Christ when He raised Him…and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places…22 He put all things under His [Jesus’] feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him… (Eph. 1:19-23)

We have been raised to sit with Jesus in heavenly places, and are given access to God’s throne. Prayers said in God’s will reach His throne and find approval, resulting in the release of power. We must know who we are in Christ and the authority we possess in Jesus. We must take our place of authority in Christ as those seated in heavenly places with Jesus (Eph. 1:3, 20-22; 2:6).

6Raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ… (Eph. 2:6)

Authority is delegated power. An example that is commonly used is that of a police officer who stops a car by the authority of the government, not by his own physical power.

As Jesus’ body, we are called to enforce His authority on earth. Satan’s attack against us will continue if we accept it instead of refusing it or challenging it with our authority in Christ.

7Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (Jas. 4:7)

We use spiritual authority against Satan who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy God’s blessing in our lives (by fear, addiction, emotional oppression, division, sickness, financial oppression, etc.).

10The thief [Satan] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. (Jn. 10:10)

Fear, rejection, and addictive urges are a form of demonic oppression that must be rebuked. If they are allowed to gain dominance in our thinking, they will dominate our lives with despair. We must take authority over the spirit of fear. It must not be accepted or allowed to grow.

7God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7)

The command of faith doesn’t always bring results instantly.

12Do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Heb. 6:12)

Our authority is based on what Jesus accomplished, not on our moods, feelings, fervor or victory.

6‘Not by [human] might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. (Zech. 4:6)




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