I have been so surprised of late at such ignorance in the body of Christ of the authority of the believer.  The authority of the believer must not be taught much in churches today.  So many Christians all they know to do is pray and ask the Lord to do everything.  Then they wonder why nothing happens and things get worse and they think the Lord is holding out on them. 

I believe in praying for sure but I believe most of the things Christians are praying for the Lord to do, the Lord needs Christians to instead use His authority in the earth to get these things done and change things that need to be changed.  After all there is an anti-Christ spirit in operation in the earth and only God’s authority can defeat the plans and strategies of this spirit and all demonic in this earth at this time whether it is operating in a government or a person’s life. 

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: KJV

Authority of the believer is one of those spiritual blessings.  It is delegated authority of Heaven that is given to each and every believer.  The devil doesn’t want the believers to know they have this kind of authority over all demonic.  He tries to hide the truth of the authority of the believer so that he can defeat the believer instead of the believer defeating him and his plans in the earth with the authority given them. 

When the child of God knows the truth of the authority of the believer and acts upon it, then and then only is the child of God no longer dominated by the demonic and this Babylonian world system that is run without God. 

So where is our spiritual authority targeted in the earth?  Ephesians 6 shows us the demonic enemy we are dealing with in this earth.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (the margin says in the heavenlies). KJV

The Church must remember that they are sitting with Christ far above all principalities, power, might, dominion, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places.  Not only is Christ seated at the right hand of the Father far above all of these powers but the Church is as well.  Father God has made us sit together with Christ. 

Jesus also told believers that He had given us authority over the demonic.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. KJV

“There’s no place in the New Testament where any writer told the Church to pray to God the Father about the devil or told the Church to pray to God the Father to do anything about the devil or prayed that God would rebuke the devil.”  And He said, “Praying to me, Jesus Christ or to God the Father to rebuke the devil, is to waste your time.” 

I think the whole body of Christ has wasted a lot of time trying to get God to get rid of the devil.  Christians who ask God to rebuke the devil are wasting their time.  The least member of the body of Christ has just as much authority over the devil as anyone else.  And unless believers do something about the devil, nothing will be done.

Rom 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) KJV

It was Adam’s offense or Adam’s sin that caused spiritual death to reign over all mankind that came in the earth.  But now by one man, Jesus Christ, the believer shall reign in this life.  The Amplified Translation tells us we will reign as kings.  And that’s the truth!  Those that receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in this life as kings!

God’s plan is for every believer to rule and to reign in their life.  What does it mean to rule and reign in life?  Rule and reign in Christ over everything that concerns a believer’s life.  God’s plan is for every believer to reign, to rule over circumstances, poverty, sickness and disease, everything that would hinder, harass, torment, anything that causes anxiety or mental torment, every addiction, everything!

The Amplified tells every believer “Shall reign as kings.”  What does that mean, to “reign as kings”?  Why and how does a king reign?  A king reigns when he knows he has authority and he uses that authority.  Even so believers reign when they know their authority in Christ Jesus and they use it daily.  Every believer reigns in this life by their authority in Christ Jesus.

God doesn’t intend that the devil dominate any member of the body of Christ.  He never intended for fear to dominate the body of Christ or that they are dominated by anything in this world system that the demonic operate through.  Jesus was given power, given authority over the entire enemy and He has given His authority to His body, the body of Christ.  And I am telling you it’s time the Church believes this and gets stirred up about it and tells every devil that comes against them to take their hands off of them, off their finances, off of their health and everything else!  Every believer has a right to tell the devil just to stop what he is doing right now! 

The truth is that the Church, the body of Christ, every single believer has more authority then what we have recognized, what we are using and that is why we are not using it, because we didn’t recognize it as ours.  But glory to God I have told you and now you know.  You have no excuse now.

The Church, and that includes every believer, must learn to be exalted to the place where God has given us and wants us to rule from on this earth.  Notice what he said,

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together,… KJV

God has exalted us.  God exalted Christ but He exalted us too because we were raised up TOGETHER WITH CHRIST. 

Eph 1:22-23 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. KJV

Christ is the Head and He proved that when He was here the earth. He’s Head over sickness and disease and over all the work of the enemy.

Now to bring out more clearly the deepest significance of what God is saying here in this verse; reverse the words in their order.  He is Head to the Church over all things.  He’s being Head over all things is for the Church’s sake.  He didn’t need to be Head over all things for God’s sake.  He didn’t need to be Head over all things for His own sake; but it’s for the Church’s sake.  We need to meditate again and again these mighty truths with their tremendous meaning until our hearts grasp what God is saying to us and once our spirits gets the revelation of what God is saying we will reap rich rewards.  Then the Church will know and see the true meaning of God’s revelation of the authority of the believer and become a mighty force the devil has to contend with in the earth.

God has made Christ to be the Head over all things to the Church.  It’s for the Church’s sake that Christ is the Head; so that we through Him might exercise that authority over all things.  Can you see that?  When we see what belongs to us, then and then only will we enjoy the victory that He has given us.  I think there is no message in all of the New Testament that the devil fights any more than this one of the authority of the believer.  He’ll fight for us getting there.  But through stubborn faith in Christ the victory can be ours now. 

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places… KJV

Some Christians talk about hanging around the Cross when they ought to be talking about sitting on the throne.   Every believer is raised with Christ.  Sure we all came to the Cross but that’s not all of it.  Every believer should come on up and sit at their place of authority in Heaven far above all the enemy.

Believer, come on up and sit down and exercise your authority over all the demonic activity in your life and the world around you!

Check out more of my teaching on the authority of the believer at my web address:  http://godswordalive.com/