Authorized for Victory
Did you know that you have been authorized by God? By that I mean that you have been given power, or divine authority, to rule every situation and circumstance you encounter. Having continual victory over the devil depends on whether or not you understand your position in Christ and appropriate the power that has been given to you.
As a child of God, you have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s Son, Jesus. You are no longer subject to the law of sin and death that governs the world’s system. As an unbeliever, you had no choice but to submit to Satan’s rule; you were under his jurisdiction and had no authority over him. However, the moment you accepted Jesus into your heart, everything changed. On that day, God authorized you to tread on all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).
Now in order to take advantage of your God-given authority as a believer, you must first understand your spiritual position from God’s viewpoint. Eph. 2:4-6 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,…” There is no reason for you to live below the standards God has set for you. Lack, sickness, poverty and bondage to demonic oppression have no place in the life of a believer. You have been given a royal position in God’s eyes because you are seated in heavenly places with Jesus!
That’s good news! It means that if you are being whipped by the devil, it’s because you either don’t know your rights or you aren’t taking the initiative to exercise them.
Understand that you have been given authority. It is part of your salvation package. To not walk in it is to remain defeated. That’s like someone giving you an expensive gift and you refusing to open it. You’ll never partake of the contents of that gift if you don’t receive it. The same is true with our authority. You must receive it by faith and then exercise it every chance you get. When Satan sees that you are proficient and confident in your authority, he won’t know the difference between you and Jesus.