We have authority over the devil. Jesus tells us in Luke 10:19, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
Luke 9:1, “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases…”
Authority is the right to command and enforce obedience. Just as He gave this authority to His disciples, so has He given it to us. In some ways we can consider it a Power of Attorney to act on His behalf against demons. He has given to us the authority to act in His name since He is not here on earth. When we use the name of Jesus Christ, Satan has to listen to us.
In Acts 3:6, Peter says, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
Peter did not have the power to heal. What he acted upon was the authority to use the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to heal.
Do you know the devil trembles when he hears the name of Jesus? Demons have to leave at the name of our Savior. Satan must release his hand from you by the authority of Christ.
Some people take the privilege to mean that Satan will leave them alone. We will face trials and struggles. Hardship will at times surround us; but when it does, remember who you serve and under whose authority you reign.
Today, ask God for the confidence to act under His power and authority. Thank Him that He conquered Satan at the Cross.