Discipleship – Level 2 Lesson 6

Level 2 Lesson 6

AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER
By Andrew Wommack

In today’s session I want to talk about the authority God has given us as believers.
In order to address this, we’re going to have to deal not only with the authority we have
but the authority of Satan. He has been blown out of proportion. Christians have been led
to believe we are fighting a being whose power is superior to ours, and we are just barely
are able to cope with him. That’s not what the Scripture teaches at all. It does say in
Ephesians 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.” So Satan is a factor; he does exist. He has a hierarchy of
principalities and powers that we’re dealing with, but in the verse just prior to that, it says
that we have to stand against the wiles of the devil. The only power Satan really has
against us is deception. He doesn’t have power to just overcome us.

In Genesis 3 we see that when the first temptation came against Adam and Eve,
Satan didn’t come with some superior force. For instance, instead of inhabiting a
mammoth or an elephant, putting his foot on Adam’s head, threatening them, and saying
“Serve me or else,” he inhabited a snake, the most subtle creature God made. The word
“subtle” means “sly, deceptive, or cunning.” The reason Satan came through the snake
was because he really didn’t have the power to force Adam and Eve to do anything. He
could only deceive. He came against the nature and character of God and began to
criticize Him, saying, “God doesn’t really love you—He’s holding things back from
you.” He used deception to tempt Adam and Eve to sin against God. They were the ones
who had all the authority, and the reason Satan had to do it this way was because he
didn’t have power to come against God.

There’s so much more I don’t have time to go in to, but one of the main points I
want to get across is that concerning the authority of the believer, you have to recognize
that Satan has zero power and authority over you. He is a defeated foe. His only power
against you is to come against you with lies and deception. If your life is being destroyed,
you can say “Satan is the one who is firing these shots at me,” but you are the one who is
giving him the ammunition. You’re the one who has to respond to his lies and deception.
If you didn’t yield to Satan, he would have no inroads or power against you. In 2
Corinthians 10:3-5 it says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the
flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to
the obedience of Christ.” These scriptures are talking about the weapons of your warfare,
and every weapon mentioned refers to your mind, dealing with thoughts. Satan doesn’t
have the power to do anything to you except through deception.

I want to quickly summarize some things. In the beginning God, of course, had all
authority. All power and authority has to emanate from God because He is the only one
91who has power in Himself. Everything else is delegated from Him. When He created the
heavens and the earth, He had all power and authority. Then in Genesis 1:26, when God
created Adam and Eve, He said, “Let them have dominion…over all the earth.” Put that
together with Psalm 115:16, which says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the
LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” God had ownership of
everything by right of being the Creator, but He gave dominion, or authority, over the
earth to physical human beings. Satan has never had the right and power to rule over the
earth. He took it through deceiving man to sin. God gave that power to mankind, and
when man fell, he yielded his God-given authority and power over to the devil. Satan was
never given power by God to oppress man or to rule this earth.

Scripture does say that Satan is the god of this world, but it’s not because God
made him the god of this world. God never put Satan in a position above mankind. He
gave mankind dominion and authority over this earth. The only reason Satan has ever
been able to oppress, dominate, or cause the problems he does is because people yield
their God-given authority to him. This posed a real problem for God, because He was a
Spirit, and He had given authority over this earth to physical human beings. Only people
who had a physical body had the authority and power to rule and exercise influence in
this earth. Satan had to come to us and get us to yield our authority to him. That’s the
reason that he likes to inhabit a body. In Scripture, demons had to have a body to possess
because Satan can’t do anything unless he is using a physical human body to work
through. Because God was a Spirit and had given authority to physical human beings,
now in a sense He had His hands tied. It wasn’t because God didn’t have power and
authority but because of His integrity. He gave authority to physical human beings, and to
be true to His own Word, He couldn’t just take it back and say, “This isn’t the way I
wanted it; time out, stop, we’re going to do it over.” No, God bound Himself by His own
Word. Throughout history He looked for someone He could flow through, but the
problem was that all men were corrupted and had yielded themselves to Satan. So what
was He to do?

What God finally did was come to the earth Himself and become a man. This is
tremendous when you understand it, because now the devil was in big trouble. He had
been using mankind’s power, and God couldn’t intervene directly to solve all these
problems, because man was willfully, legally yielding his God-given authority to Satan.
Satan was wrong in what he did, but man gave him the authority and power that was
theirs to give. But now, here came God, and He was no longer only the Spirit but was in
the form of physical flesh. This put the devil in a bad situation, because God not only had
authority in heaven, but becoming a man gave Him authority on the earth. Jesus said in
John 5:26-27, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have
life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the
Son of man.” He was referring to His physical body.

Jesus came and exercised God-given authority. The devil tempted Him, and Jesus
never yielded to him. Satan lost in every battle with Him. Then Jesus took our sins, died
for them, went to hell, rose again, and said in Matthew 28:18, “All authority is given unto
me in heaven and in earth.” He won back the authority God had given mankind, which
92man misused, and as God in the flesh, Jesus now had all authority in heaven and in earth.
In the very next verse He said, “Now you go, and you do these things.” In effect He was
saying, “I now have all authority in heaven and earth, and I’m sharing it with you.” This
time, however, there’s a unique difference in the authority God has given back to us as
believers. It is joint authority between us and the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s no longer given
to us solely as it was to Adam and Eve. They could give the authority away, allow the
devil to oppress them, and basically be hopeless, but today our authority is shared with
the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s like having a joint bank account that requires both signatures in
order to cash a check. Our authority is shared with the Lord Jesus, and His authority is
shared with the church.

Although we may fail, God is never again going to sign this authority over to the
devil. Satan is absolutely powerless. He has no ability to do anything in your life except
what he deceives you in and what you voluntarily yield to. You may give him authority
in your life, you may suffer personally for it, but the God-given authority that was given
to man will never again pass solely to the devil. It is now shared between us and the Lord
Jesus, and He will remain faithful regardless. You need to recognize that you’re the one
who now has authority and the power. Satan is fighting you with thoughts, and your
weapons are such that you can take these thoughts captive. You can recognize that it’s
wrong for the devil to oppress you physically and find out what the Scripture has to say
about healing. John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free.” You’re the one who has power and authority. God has given it to you, and the only
thing that keeps you from exercising it is that you haven’t yet taken your thoughts
captive. You haven’t used these spiritual weapons to renew your mind and to realize what
you have. It’s encouraging to find out that you’re one with authority and power.

I pray that you’ll take this, meditate on it, and God will give you the revelation
that you’re the one Satan trembles at. You shouldn’t be trembling at Satan, because you
are the one who has God-given power and authority. If you resist the devil, he will flee
from you (James 4:7).

Discipleship Questions

1.  Read Genesis 3:1. Satan does exist, but his real power exists in his ability to deceive
us. What did the serpent (the devil) try to get Eve to question?
________________________________________________________________________

2.  Read Genesis 3:1. Why do you think Satan used deception?
________________________________________________________________________

3.  Read Genesis 1:26, 28. Who gave man his authority? __________________________

4.  Read Psalm 8:4-8. How did God create man?
________________________________________________________________________

935.  Read 2 Corinthians 4:4. What does this scripture indicate happened?
________________________________________________________________________

6.  Read Matthew 4:8-9. Do these verses strengthen this point? _____________________

7.  Read Matthew 28:18. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, who now has all authority in
heaven and in earth? _______________________________________________________

8.  Read Matthew 28:18-19. To whom has authority been delegated to, according to this
verse? __________________________________________________________________

9.  Read Ephesians 1:19. The exceeding greatness of God’s power is toward whom?
________________________________________________________________________

Scriptures to Use with Questions

Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat
of every tree of the garden?”

Genesis 1:26 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the
cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.” Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Psalm 8:4-8 – “[4] What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that
thou visitest him? [5] For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast
crowned him with glory and honour. [6] Thou madest him to have dominion over the
works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: [7] All sheep and oxen, yea,
and the beasts of the field; [8] The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever
passeth through the paths of the seas.”

2 Corinthians 4:4 – “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should
shine unto them.”

Matthew 4:8-9 – “[8] Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain,
and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; [9] And saith unto
him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

Matthew 28:18 – “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto
me in heaven and in earth.”

94Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Ephesians 1:19 – “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who
believe, according to the working of his mighty power.”

Answer Key

1.  Read Genesis 3:1. Satan does exist, but his real power exists in his ability to deceive
us. What did the serpent (the devil) try to get Eve to question? God’s Word (Has God
indeed said?).

2.  Read Genesis 3:1. Why do you think Satan used deception? He could not make them
disobey by force. He had to deceive them to give up their authority.

3.  Read Genesis 1:26, 28. Who gave man his authority? God.

4.  Read Psalm 8:4-8. How did God create man? With dominion over the works of His
(God’s) hands.

5.  Read 2 Corinthians 4:4. What does this scripture indicate happened? That Satan took
man’s authority and became the god of this world (this system, or age).

6.  Read Matthew 4:8-9. Do these verses strengthen this point? Yes.

7.  Read Matthew 28:18. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, who now has all authority in
heaven and in earth? Jesus.

8.  Read Matthew 28:18-19. To whom has authority been delegated to, according to this
verse? The believer.

9.  Read Ephesians 1:19. The exceeding greatness of God’s power is toward whom? To
us who believe.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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