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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, August 14, 2016

6 Foundations for Intimacy with God: Week Five, Our Spiritual Authority

by Barbara Latta

Jesus disarmed powers and authorities of hell.
Did you know after Christ died and before He rose from the grave, He went into hell?
Some people don’t realize that He did, but Acts 2:27 says, For you will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will you allow Your Holy One to see corruption (Acts 2:27).

And having disarmed the powers and authorities he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15).

Before Jesus arose He accomplished what Colossians 2:15 says; He took away the authority Satan had gained when Adam sinned by giving away what God had bestowed on His creation.

While the demons and powers of hell thought they had won because Jesus died, they may have been having a party. But Jesus rose up, stripped Satan of the keys of death and hell, and came up out of the grave.

Before He ascended Jesus told his disciples, All authority has been given to me, therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and of Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:28).

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Jesus gave us the authority to resist the devil, but most of us are not using what Jesus died to give us.

We have the authority to talk to our circumstances and tell evil influences to leave.
God's armor belongs to us through the cross.
When we stand on the Word of God, the devil cannot cross the blood line of Jesus. His blood cleansed us from sin, but also brought us victory over evil.

We don’t have to sit still and let the devil run over us as if we can do nothing about what is happening.

We, as Christians, are the body of Christ on this earth. Satan was defeated at the cross, but he can still try to deceive people by keeping them blinded to what the word says. When we take our authority we put him in his place and he has no power over us. This requires action on our part. We must use the armor of God and remind the evil one his place is under our feet.


Share your thoughts about the authority you have as a believer.

(All scripture references are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.


  1. Amen, sister! The Armor of God just gets me all fired up and using what Christ has given us through His victory!