Give Me That Mountain

We Have to Be Convinced of Our Authority If We Want to Use It

Health and Healing. Day fifty-two...

Have you ever worked at a job where another employee apparently thought she had authority over you, but she really didn't? You know the type—the guy or the gal who just takes over and starts telling everybody what to do, as if that's what the boss wanted.

Did you pay attention to that person? If you're like most of us—probably not. You just ignored him or her, to the best of your ability.

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But picture yourself working in the warehouse of a small manufacturing company. And the boss's daughter comes down from the office to tell you, “Dad wants you to pull the pallets for the Smith & Co. order and re‐check the quantities. He has reason to believe somebody made a mistake. I know it's late in the day, and I hate to ask you … but will you please?”

Not exactly any authority in what she said, right? But there's plenty of authority in who she is. And even if she didn't say everything quite right, you know that there will be unpleasant consequences if you don't do what she said. After all, she's the boss's daughter.

After all, you are a child of God.

If you are a born‐again believer, you are a son or a daughter of your Heavenly Father. You are the Boss's kid. And because you are His child, you have an amazing amount of authority over the conditions around you—and not just those related to your health.

But you have to be convinced of your authority if you want to use it—because the demonic realm is not convinced of your authority until you are.

God gave Paul the power to work great miracles. People even took handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched Paul's body, and they carried them to everyone who was sick. All of the sick people were healed, and the evil spirits went out. Some Jewish men started going around trying to force out evil spirits by using the name of the Lord Jesus. They said to the spirits, “Come out in the name of that same Jesus that Paul preaches about!” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this, when an evil spirit said to them, “I know Jesus! And I have heard about Paul. But who are you?” Then the man with the evil spirit jumped on them and beat them up. They ran out of the house, naked and bruised. (Acts 19:11–16 CEV)

Those medical conditions coming against me (along with the principalities, the powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and the spiritual wickedness in high places [see Ephesians 6:12] that back them up) are not threatened by me, so long as I am not convinced of my authority. They all just shout with one voice, “I know Jesus! And I have heard about Paul. But who are you?”

But it's not just the medical conditions resulting from demonic interference that laugh in our face—as we try to control them by just saying words without any authority backing them up.

We also say things to our human nature without any authority backing up our words. And our human nature just laughs in our face as if to say, “Who are you to tell me what to do?”

We say to our couch‐potato bodies, “You need to get up a little early and get some exercise!” And they answer back, “Really … why should I listen to you. You never make me do anything!” We say to our appetites, “Don't you think you've had enough? No more!” And our appetites respond, “Since when have you ever had any control over me? Besides, I'm still hungry.”

This hardly sounds like the authority that God tells us we have.

But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” (Hebrews 2:6–8a NKJV)

Have a good day,

Image credit: Adam Arroyo


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