Do You Understand Jesus’ Authority?

“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.”

Luke 10:19

Ponder This

Jesus said, “Behold, I give you the authority … over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19). 2 Peter 1:3 says that He has given to us, “all things that pertain to life and godliness” according to His divine power. That is where our authority is found; not in ourselves, but in the divine power of Jesus.

And He has promised that one day the lion and the lamb will lie down together. One day, the desert will blossom as a rose. One day, the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as waters that cover the sea! But Hebrews tells us not yet. Still, in the meantime, we are not Satan’s lackeys. We are not slaves of sin. Satan has no authority, sin has no allurement, and temptation has no power that the child of God cannot overcome with kingdom authority. That’s the scope of the authority we have been given. If we do not understand this authority, we will never live according to it.

Practice This

Where is a situation that you feel hopeless or ruled over by the power of Satan? How might you proclaim the authority of Jesus over that situation today or this week?