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Ephesians 1:21(KJV) Far above all principality, and power [authority], and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world [age], but also in that which is to come.
In the above verse, we have one of the Greek words that have been translated “power”—exeusia. This word can be translated as “authority, and Bibles translated from older manuscripts translate the word as authority.” Through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection, we have been given authority over the devil.
An obvious question that arises at this point is, what is the difference between power and authority? God has not invested us with just power but with authority. In the fall, God did not lose any of His power. What was lost was His channel in the earth for the expression of His power. Adam lost his authority in the earth when he yielded to Satan. From Adam until the cross, Satan had unchallenged authority on earth.
When Jesus rose from the dead, He said, “All authority in heaven and in earth has been given unto me” (Matthew 28:18 NET). Jesus gave His authority to the church. You are probably thinking that you would rather have power than authority, but that should not be the case. Jesus says in Luke10:19, Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force(power) of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you”. Jesus says he gives us authority over Satan’s power.
When a policeman stands on the corner and raises his hand, cars stop because of his authority, not his power. The policeman is not more powerful than cars and trucks. What would he do if they would not stop? The policeman has been given authority over all the power of the cars. The drivers of the cars will not resist his authority because they know that if they do, they would have to face the power which the policeman represents. The power of the local government is channeled through the authority of the policeman. The policeman does not stand on the corner in his own name but in the name of the law. Jesus gave us authority over all the power of the enemy. When we use His name, all hell comes to a halt, not because we are so innately powerful, but because we are invested with the authority of heaven. Satan stops for our authority because he does not want to face the power again. He faced the power one day and lost. God channels the power of heaven through the authority of the believer who knows the rights and privileges that belong in the name of Jesus.
According to Phil.2:9-10, the name of Jesus is higher than any other name that can be mentioned in this age and also that which is to come. The name of Jesus outranks the name of any sickness, disease, problem, world leader, or crisis. We as believers have the right to use that name to cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, drink any deadly thing and not be hurt, and lay hands on the sick and see them recover. (See Mark 16:17-18.)
Go into today knowing that God channels all the power of heaven through the authority of the believer who knows the rights and privileges that belong to him and are found in the name of Jesus.
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