Ephesians 1:19-23 (NLT) I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
Faith pleases God. That means He loves it when you believe what He said. This scripture talks about the power He has invested in us – the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That’s a tremendous power. It’s like we have a badge that says, “In the name of Jesus.” But it’s our lack of knowledge and lack of exercising our authority that keeps the Church from benefiting from it.
If Jesus is seated at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms and we’re His Body, then we’re seated there, too. You have to look past everything you think disqualifies you and remember that in Him you’re a new creature. Then you will use the authority you’ve been given. If we don’t, the evil one will exert his deceiving power over us and the ones we love.
Jesus told us we’d have trials and tribulations in the world. But then He went on to say, “But be of good cheer, I’ve overcome the world. I’ve deprived it of its power to harm you.” You have to believe that Jesus overcame the world for you, and know that when you speak the Word, action takes place – angels are loosed, devils are stopped. You have to have that knowing on the inside of you, then start exercising your authority – because He’s expecting us to work with Him for the sake of the harvest.
We can’t afford to be held up in our prayer life or in our walk with God because of natural things the devil can manipulate. We are not here just to enjoy the benefits of Jesus Christ, but we are co-laborers with Him. He said that we could enjoy all things so that we could work with Him. He told us prosperity is ours, healing is ours, joy is ours, peace is ours. Why? So we can work with Him and hear from Him. Too many of us are putting up with stuff the devil is bringing us, and not taking our authority.
Start exercising your authority every day. Get up in the morning and remind yourself, “I’m seated in heavenly places.” Then when we come together, after we’ve taken care of our stuff, we can be one united voice asking God to send the rain.
Mini-book by Dr. Billye Brim: The Authority of the Believer & How to Use It
Sermon notes: Pastor Terry – Faith & Authority