FOCUS YOUR AUTHORITY
Through the spirit of intercession and boldness, the Church is beginning to take our position seriously as we stand against the enemy of God. The problem, historically, has been where we place our focus. When we place our time, energy, and spiritual resources on the enemy of God instead of on the majesty and beauty of God we have lost our power and authority. You have to admire the admonition that James gives us.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:7-8 NIV).
The first thing that we are commanded to do is to submit to God. Remember the word submit means to agree with God. The way you resist the devil is by coming near to God. As you focus on the power and beauty of God, remember that He will, from time to time, prompt us to speak directly to the Enemy. But, this is not our focus or concentration. All of our protection and authority rests on the shoulders of intercession and agreement with Jesus as we draw near to God and focus on His nature and character.
GIVEN PROTECTION AND AUTHORITY
When Christ died on the cross, heaven made a declaration of truth. The debt that we owed was canceled, and we were brought from death into life. Along with our sins being forgiven, this decree also declared and guaranteed protection for the bride of Christ. This eternal shield provides guaranteed protection from the enemy of God. What does this mean? This means that we not only have eternal protection from the enemy of God but we have complete and full authority over him.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:13-15).
We, as believers and followers of God, stand on Jesus’ ceiling. The things that Jesus contended to bring from heaven to earth have become the foundation upon which we stand. Jesus’ death on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead, have given us the ability to stand on His power and authority. We have been given ultimate authority to engage in spiritual warfare against the enemy of God. Our greatest and most powerful source of spiritual warfare is declaring God’s word of truth against all evil and ushering in God’s justice to the earth through intercession.