"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1
Having faith means that we do not require proof prior to our actions. And as we stand in faith on the word of God, declaring it without doubt, we can expect evidence to be produced because of our faith (see Hebrews 11:3). It is pleasing to God that we go to Him believing that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him out (as the Word states in Hebrews 11:6), because His desire is to reward us.
JESUS GAVE AUTHORITY TO HIS DISCIPLES
Now the only thing we need to do is simply and unwaveringly believe Him at His word! How do we do that? Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. Hearing includes not only hearing preaching but also VERBALLY AFFIRMING and meditating on the word.
Luke 10:19 - "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Jeremiah 23:29 says, "'Is not My word like a fire?' says the LORD, 'And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?'"
Through Jesus Christ we have been given authority over the enemy and all that he would try to come against us with. The word AUTHORITY means, LEGAL OR RIGHTFUL POWER, A RIGHT TO COMMAND OR ACT.
The Lord has already provided us with everything we will ever need: deliverance, healing, provision, protection, wisdom—we need only to believe Him for it (see Matthew 6).
When we truly grasp with understanding unto believing that the demonic is actually fearful of us because of WHO is within us—that's when we will walk in the AUTHORITY, DOMINION AND POWER that we have been given. This is the indisputable truth; when we speak the word of God—believing Him at His word—the demons, and anything that does not line up with the will of God, must submit! If you don't see the submission the first time you take AUTHORITY and speak to the mountain, then do it again...and do it again and again if necessary, until your breakthrough comes.
His power is alive and flowing through us, and once you receive the breakthrough in one area, your faith will become stronger and you will find that you have faith to move mountains that are a little larger than what the last ones were, because you are attaining the understanding unto believing, and that simply means that the word no longer remains as only head knowledge, but also becomes written on the tablets of your heart ie. it has been made real to your spirit.
When we make a place of agreement with discouragement, we tend to shortly thereafter give up. As Believers, we must see the enemy as he really is...underneath our feet!
STEWARDS OF GOD'S KINGDOM
"......what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all."—Ephesians 1:16-23
Through Jesus Christ we have been endued with power from on high, and the Spirit of God living within us is mightier and more powerful than any enemy of ours—which is first an enemy of God's. Since we know that He is seated above all principality and power, and we are seated in the same heavenly places with Him (see Ephesians 2:6)..."What then shall we say to these things; If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31).
WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO WALK IN HIS AUTHORITY
Walking in His authority is actually more than just a right that has been given to us, it's our responsibility. As joint heirs with Christ, we have a responsibility to walk in His authority TAKING DOMINION. He has called us to be good stewards of His Kingdom while we are here on earth, and walking in His authority goes hand in hand with being a good steward of the Kingdom.
"It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch."—Mark 13:34
"For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them."—Matthew 25:14
He has given us the power of His Spirit that we may speak His word with authority; to reveal His truth and good news of salvation; to break off the stronghold of bondages; to heal sickness and disease; to overcome poverty; and to set free those who are tormented by demons.
Jesus said in Matthew 16:19: "And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven."
We have been given the keys to bind up that which opposes the will of God and to loose His promises...not only in our own lives, but also in the lives of others!
We have been equipped with power and authority so the enemy can no longer rob us of our inheritance in Christ.
WE LET OUR FAITH IN HIS WORD ARISE
"Faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the word of God." - Romans 10:17
We find our rest in having faith in His word. The report in the world may be sounding bleak and hopeless, but the report of the Lord has not changed.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it" (John 14:12-14).
Let your faith arise... God is not a man, that He should lie (see Numbers 23:19)...if He has said it, then it is the absolute truth and we are nothing less than victorious by receiving it as such.
Jesus said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it WILL move; and nothing will be impossible for you" (Matthew 17:20).
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