I once pondered the truthfulness of having been given authority over anything at all in my life, yet I wanted to know that I had some sort of say in my life and not simply a silent puppet.
I decided to meditate in the Lord’s presence and discovered that the Lord does give me room to partner with Him as well as Him generously giving me the power of the name of Jesus to banish the darkness from tormenting me!
The Spirit first brought to mind the account of Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law. When He touched her hand and the fever left her.
This account came to mind one night while I was getting ready to go to bed. Out of nowhere I became extremely dizzy and unbalanced, as I began to sweat and my legs felt like they would give out at anytime from underneath. Laying down or sitting up, It was frightening and I wondered if I would have to call someone. I began to cry out and plead to the Lord to help. Then I thought for a moment about Peter’s mother-in-law….I sat up and commanded powerfully for it to leave me in Jesus’s Name. As I laid back down, whatever had hit me vanished within a few minutes.
The Spirit later led me to a verse concerning a Roman officer pleading to Jesus for healing for his servant. After the officer humbly tried to deter Jesus from having to come to his home rather than just commanding from afar to be healed, Jesus replied…
“Go, let it be done just as you believed it would”. And his servant was healed from that moment ~Matthew 8:13
Jesus here invites the soldier to be involved in the healing process rather than Jesus coming to his house and healing the servant directly.
Another verse of interest finds a crowd witnessing Jesus casting out a dark spirit from a man. They observe,
“What is this? A new teaching-and with authority! He (Jesus) even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey Him” ~Mark 1:27
The significance of this verse is brought out by another verse in which Jesus shares in the gospel of John
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” ~John 14:12
In Mark 1:27, it is revealed that Jesus has been given authority and that whatever is hindersome to the Lord’s work must obey. Then John 14:12 shares that we can take part in what the Lord did and will even be able to accomplish more than what Jesus has done during His earthly ministry. So if Jesus had authority over the works and movement of Satan’s dimention of darkness then so do we!
And if that isn’t clear enough, Jesus Himself states
“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you” ~Luke 10:19
What a gift to be able to partner with the Lord with the power of Jesus’s name He gives us! Let’s use it!
You will make your requests in my name, so that I will have no need to ask the Father on your behalf, because the Father himself loves you, and because you have loved me and believed that I came from God (John 16:26-27)