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.
Acts 28:3-6 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
Paul proved that Jesus’ promise to His disciples in Luke 10:19 would be true for all believers. The Lord gives us the same authority that He gave Jesus while he was on the earth. And with His authority, we can trample on the devil and his power.
It is really important to both recognize that we have this authority and then begin to walk in it. Let’s look at an encounter that a Roman soldier had with Jesus in Matthew 8:5-10.
When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.” (ESV)
The soldier recognized that the reason people had to obey him was not because of who HE was but because of who was in authority over him. He had the backing of the Roman army and Caesar himself. Therefore, people had to obey him.
It is the same for us! But we have someone much greater than Caesar to back us up!
As Jesus was preparing to return to heaven, he left his disciples with some pretty hefty jobs to carry out.
Matthew 28:18-20 - And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)
He recognized that he had been given authority on earth because he was under the authority of his Father in heaven. And he was granting his disciples the same authority to preach and teach and heal and deliver that he had!
We need to live UNDER the authority of the Father so that we can operate IN His authority, just as the disciples and Paul did. And “nothing shall by any means hurt us!”
Write out a message in oyour journa;l to any illness or struggle you are facing and to the father of that illness, the devil. Take authority over the situation, remembering always to acknowledge whose authority you are under!
Lord of Heaven and Earth,
I accept that authority that you have given me over my enemy, the devil. Nothing can harm me - not insects and animals, not disease or affliction. I operate under and in Your authority and I proclaim that nothing will harm, injure or hurt me!