Do you struggle with knowing how to use your spiritual authority for your finances, family or body? Learn how to use your authority in any situation.
There is a story of a farmer who found an eagle’s egg and brought it home to his chicken coop. When the egg hatched, the young eagle only saw chickens around him. Without knowing what he truly was, he simply mimicked what he saw around him. He scratched and pecked and flew short distances. He believed he was a chicken; therefore, he acted like a chicken.
Many believers are living the same way—trapped in a chicken mentality. They have received salvation, but stop short of living life abundantly, as God intended. They want to live in prosperity, health, protection and peace, but they stop short of achieving victory in those areas for one reason—they don’t know how to use their authority.
Luke 10:19 says, “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy.” Jesus has given you the authority, but you must take it and exercise it.
Are you ready to fly the coop and soar like an eagle? Here is how you can use your spiritual authority in any situation and claim VICTORY once and for all.
1. Use Your Authority for Physical Protection
“No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” –Psalm 91:10 (NKJV)
Salvation includes more than just the guarantee of going to heaven—that’s just the beginning. Salvation is a big word. In the Greek language, it literally means deliverance, safety, preservation, material and temporal deliverance from danger, pardon, restoration, healing, wholeness and soundness. Do you know what that means? It means you don’t have to be afraid of anything harming you or your children physically.
Physical protection for you and your family is a Covenant right. Peace, safety and covering from calamity, disaster or harm of any kind belongs to you. It is NOT God’s will that people go and shoot up our children’s schools. It is NOT God’s will that we or our children are filled with sickness and disease or suffer injuries. It’s NOT God’s will that we suffer under any part of the curse. But the devil has come to kill and destroy—he’s looking for a loophole—a way in to break the circle of protection that encompasses you.
It is God’s will that we stop the enemy, and rule and reign over him.
We live in a dangerous world, so taking your authority for protection should be done daily. It doesn’t take long—speak a word of protection as you drive, speak Psalm 91 over your family as you head to work or run errands, plead the blood of Jesus first thing in the morning when you wake. As you make it part of your daily routine, it will become second nature to you.
Take authority by saying something similar to Billye Brim’s daily declaration:
You listen to me, kingdom of darkness: It is written that I am seated at the Father’s right hand far above you (Ephesians 1:18-23) and that I overcome you by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11). So here is the word of my testimony, and here is who you can’t go near today. I draw the blood around (name your family members), and I plead the blood over myself, too. You stay away from us! Satan, you stay away from the good works I should walk in. You stay away from my ministry, my church, my neighborhood, my home, and every vehicle and building we go into. I draw a bloodline around them.
When you get into your car or fly on an airplane you can say:
In the Name of Jesus, I plead the blood of Jesus over my car. Bumper to bumper, side to side, top to bottom, every part working and nonworking, no one and nothing will bump this car, and we’ll bump no one or nothing. We’ll get to wherever we’re going without incident.
You have the Name of Jesus and you have the authority of Jesus, and you overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of your testimony (Revelation 12:11, KJV).
2. Use Your Authority to Drive Out Sickness
“No evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.” –Psalm 91:10
You have authority over sickness and disease—every cold, flu, backache, cancer, heart disease—all of it. You have the authority through Christ Jesus. So, why do we sometimes face these challenges? Simple:
God is not going to override your authority. He gave Adam authority, and He didn’t override Adam’s decision to relinquish it to Satan. He has given you the same authority in the earth, and He has given you the way to victory in EVERY situation in His Word.
But He won’t override your authority. He will let you die sick if you choose to do so. You would have to ignore every healing scripture in the Bible and all that Jesus bought for you when He bore your sicknesses and carried your diseases, but you have the authority to go ahead and die. God will not stop you. So, if you’re talking about your symptoms and sickness, you’re relinquishing your authority to Satan as Adam did in the Garden of Eden. That won’t get results!
Charles Capps used to say, “Don’t call the dog if you want the cat. If you want the dog, you don’t step out on the front porch and say, ‘Here, cat.’ You say, ‘Here, dog.’ When you do, you’re taking authority over that dog and that old dog just comes running right up, wagging his tail.” Don’t call the dog if you want the cat, and don’t call for sickness and disease if you want to be healed. Use your authority and command your body to be healed in the Name of Jesus.
When Kenneth Copeland was first starting out in ministry, he was under the mentorship of Oral Roberts. One night, in the healing room after the service, they came to a woman who had cancer of the stomach. She was just the picture of death. As they approached her to lay hands on her, in a loud, growling, authoritative voice, Oral Roberts said, “You foul, unclean spirit, take your hands off God’s property in the Name of Jesus, whose I am and whom I serve! Come out of her now!”
She instantly spit out that cancer on the floor. (It was the size of a fist and had nasty-looking tentacles hanging off it.) Then she jumped off her bed and ran around the room shouting, “I’m healed! I’m healed! I’m healed!” That same authority is on the inside of you right now. You can use it to heal yourself; you can use it to heal others—and you should.
When you take authority over your body, say, “Body, I command you to get in line. I rebuke every symptom in my body right now, in Jesus’ Name. Be healed and made whole from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I take my healing! I am healed.”
3. Use Your Authority to Cast Out Demons
“They will cast out demons in my name.” –Mark 16:17
Demonic activity isn’t something you’ll hear preached about on many Sunday mornings, but it exists, and there is a simple way to deal with it—by taking your authority. Certain countries see a greater level of demonic activity, but it’s everywhere, and it isn’t to be tolerated—not even for a minute.
In Mark 5:1-20, we see how Jesus handled demons when He drove them out of the demon-possessed man and into a herd of pigs. He used His authority—the same authority that has been given to us—to drive them out.
Billye Brim shared a story in her book The Blood and the Glory, about something that happened to her son Chip and his three friends when they were living in a mobile home while attending college: “The first day they arrived home from school, they noticed strange things. The doors and windows were open. Hairdryers and a toaster were on. The television and stereos were blasting. They thought it was someone playing a joke, but no one else had a key. One night, Chip was in his bedroom studying. Everyone else was in bed. He heard the front door slam and the whole mobile home shook. He and his friends ran out of there as fast as they could.”
Many other similar incidents took place that day. They ran to a pay phone and called Billye. She instructed them to take scriptures and cast out the demons with their authority. Then, she told them to anoint the doors and windows with oil and apply the blood of Jesus. By using the authority given to them by the blood and the Name of Jesus, they had no further trouble. All believers can cast out devils in His name. John Osteen used to say that when demons would approach his house, they must have said, “Oh, don’t go over there, those people will beat your brains out.” That’s the way we ought to be when the devil tries to think about coming to our house.
Use the Name of Jesus. Plead the blood of Jesus. Drive demons and any demonic activity out of your home, your body, your life, your neighborhood, buildings, cars and anything else they try to occupy. Never be afraid of them—YOU have the authority. And they know it.
4. Use Your Authority to Subdue the Weather
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” –Mark 4:39 (NKJV). With so many devastating storms and disastrous tornadoes, floods and other happenings, many people have asked, “Is God behind it?” The answer is, ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Jesus said in John 10:10: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (NKJV). Jesus is our example when it comes to dealing with destructive storms. We know Jesus spoke to the wind and said to the water, “Peace, be still!” and they obeyed Him. We have the same place of authority through Jesus. It’s not His place to enforce the laws of the Kingdom in the earth. It’s ours.
Watch Chip Brim describe taking authority over a tornado approaching his home:
So, when the report of bad weather comes, don’t wait and see what’s going to happen. Start speaking to it, NOW! Go outside, if you can. Shout! Don’t just talk to God about it. Speak to the elements. Say, “You don’t come to my house! I declare THE BLESSING WALL up and around me, my family, my property and all that’s mine!” Forget about what other people think. They already think we’re crazy. Being worried about what others think is a form of fear, and if the devil can get you to back off, he’ll try to destroy what’s yours and blame it on God. You have authority over the weather. Don’t be afraid of any storm, tornado or earthquake. Rebuke it just as Jesus did.
Watch as Gloria Copeland takes authority over a tornado that was threatening a Convention Centre where she was teaching Healing School. (The weather starts at about 1:04:55 in the video below.)
5. Use Your Authority for Finances
“He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” –Colossians 2:15
If you’ve ever experienced the stress that comes from financial pressure, you know how difficult it is when you’re so strapped you don’t have enough money to pay your bills. There are things that can block financial blessing such as being in unforgiveness, failing to walk in love, failing to tithe and sow, or operating without integrity. Those areas should be checked first. But if everything is in line with the Word of God, you may be facing an attack of the devil on your finances. He comes to STEAL, kill and destroy. He does not want you blessed.
Here’s the good news: Jesus reduced principalities and powers to nothing—He took away the devil’s power to dominate us in any way—including in the realm of our finances. Our job is to act on this truth. As long as we act like the devil has power over our finances, he will. But if you will believe in your heart and confess with your mouth what God’s Word says about finances, you’ll be taking authority, and you’ll get what you need. So, when you’re facing an attack of the enemy on your finances, take your place of authority. Speak to the financial mountain. Say, “SATAN, TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF MY MONEY AND OFF MY PROPERTY. Ministering spirits (angels), GO! Cause all that’s mine in the kingdom of God to come into my hands, now! I declare THE BLESSING of the Lord, THE SHIELD OF GRACE up around all that’s mine!”
In conclusion, when you learn how to use your spiritual authority in any situation, nothing will be impossible for you! You’ll be operating in the position of dominion God intended from the beginning. God did not create you to be a victim—you were made to WIN!