Mark 16:17 "These are the miraculous signs that will accompany believers: They will use the power and authority of my name to force demons out of people. They will speak new languages.
Luke 9:1 Jesus called the twelve apostles together and gave them power and authority over every demon and power and authority to cure diseases.
Luke 10:19 I have given you the authority to trample snakes and scorpions and to destroy the enemy's power. Nothing will hurt you.
It is quit evident in the scriptures above that we were given the power and authority to overcome the enemy. Now authority is for every believer but it is also a leadership trait for the godly leader. Leaders should ooze out the authority of God more so than the believers.Leaders must remember to walk in the Authority of God and ensure they lead the Body of Christ to do the same.
Where has authority gone in Church leadership and among God's people? I was asking myself this question a lot this week. Why have I allowed the enemy to hit me in areas of my life? Why have I allowed certain things to over take me? Why did the church allow things to happen? Why did God's people allow the enemy to deceive them?
The enemy of Authority is deception. Satan does not want God's people walking in the authority of Christ. His authority shakes the kingdom of the enemy. It breaks bondages and destroys strongholds. The authority of Christ pushes back the line of righteousness to it's rightful place. We desperately need his authority in our lives. Leadership without godly authority is powerless and easily conquered.
Watch the Story on YOUTUBE about Apostle Lester Sumrall. Back in the 1950's he used the authority of Christ to cast out devils from a young lady.
We have been given the authority of Christ to overcome the enemy in every area of our lives. We must get back to the place of Authority again as leaders and as the Body of Christ. This authority calls things into existence and declares the word of the Lord into a situation. Authority defeats the course of deception and stomps it to the ground.
Leaders, we have the authority of Christ upon us ;and we have his approval to conquer any situation. How can we regain authority?
1. Stay connected with Holy Spirit: The power behind Christ's authority is Holy Spirit. You must keep a strong relationship with Holy Spirit and keep the connection fluent. We need Holy Spirit to empower us with the Authority of Christ.
2. Pump up the word: The word of God increases our authority in Christ. When we are exercising the Authority of Christ into a situation; the word of God spoken can change the whole environment.
3. Overcome Deception: The number 1 enemy of Authority is deception. Deception can sink in and steal away our authority in Christ. Deception from the enemy is thick and cloudy. Unless you are staying connected to the VINE; anyone can be easily swept away into deception's fog. Most today don't even realize they are walking in deception.
4. Watch out for Distractions: Distractions come into our life and can hinder our authority in Christ as well. The cares of this world, finances, relationships, jobs, and much more can be used to distract us.
In order for the Authority of Christ to flow in us; we must keep a constant intake from the presence of God. The disciples walked in Christ's authority because they had a constant relationship with the Lord. As leaders we influence the Body of Christ on how to live in Christ's authority. If we don't have it ; the body of Christ will not have it.