Today, there is a contrast between the law of Moses and the grace of Jesus Christ. The law is all about us being “Performance Based Christians,” and it is all about if we want God to be good to us, therefore we have to be good. With the law, if we want to be righteous, then we have to work to get our righteousness. This is not the way it is under grace, we can never perform to get what Jesus has already done. Under grace, Jesus has already done it all and all that we have to do is just believe in what He has already done. Under grace, our trying to be good by our self-effort doesn’t give us anything. Under grace, our trying to receive righteousness cannot be achieved. Under grace, our trying to perform, to be redeemed, get wisdom, receive blessings can never come to us through our own works, because under grace, Jesus has already given us all these things and more and all that we have to do is believe in Jesus and what He has already done. Many people, religious and worldly alike believe in the concept that in order to have anything today, we have to work to get it. Religions all over the world have a set of rules that one must follow in order to get something, whether that would be to see heaven or the equivalent or to see their god. This is not the case with Christianity. Christianity is not religion, it is a relationship with God. When we are under a performance based Christianity, we are under the law of the Old Covenant and not under the grace of the New Covenant. You see, it is all about discovering for ourselves what Jesus Christ has already given us, believing what He has already done for us, and allowing the Holy Spirit to enlighten us to the authority that we have because of what Jesus has already done.
Now here is the contrast, if we believe in what Jesus Christ has already done, do we do nothing at all?
When it comes to what Jesus has done, we have the belief in what He has done and then we stand in faith and we activate our “Spiritual Authority.” Since we are under the Covenant of Grace, we have been given the right to “Command.” We have been given the right to use God’s power. We do not deserve this right, and we did not earn this right. Spiritual authority didn’t come to us because we did something to earn it. Spiritual authority is a result of God’s unmerited favor. He gave us the right to use His authority as representatives of Him. We are Christ’s ambassadors here on the earth. The power is all God’s, but He has graced it to us to use His power to bring the kingdom of heaven to the earth. There are certain things upon the earth that if we do not use God’s power, we will not see results. An example would be that we don’t have to perform to be righteous, because Jesus Christ has already made us righteous, so we are righteous because we believe what He has already done. When it comes to the devil, the Bible says, “To resist the devil and he will flee from you.” If we do not resist the devil, he will stay right here with us. If the Bible says, “Say to the mountain to move,” and as long as we don’t say anything to it, then the mountain will not move. There is authority that has been given to each one of us, it is grace given, if we do not use what we have been given and learn how to do it with results, then we will not see the supernatural in action.
Let’s begin to learn how to use this authority. When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became “Born Again.” With our born again experience, we were given supernatural powers so that we could have and maintain an abundant life. The devil is real and so are his demons. Their assignment is to steal, kill, and destroy and they want to rip our lives apart. We are clothed with an enormous amount of power, but if we are ignorant to what we actually have, we will always be beaten up and never taste lasting victory. It does not have to be this way, because God has already given us His power and now it is time for us to use it. What is power? It is the grace given “Right To Command” upon the earth. This power was given to us by God, because we are His ambassadors upon the earth. We represent Him! Look at this in John 1:17, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” What then are the powers that have been given to us to execute upon the earth? We have to look at what Jesus said in Matthew 10:1, “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” Jesus gave us the power to “Cast Out Unclean Spirits.” This shows us that there are unclean spirits roaming around the earth. He gave us the authority to cast these spirits out of the earth. Wherever these spirts are and whatever they are behind, we have been given the power to cast them out. Do you think that the Coronavirus is some kind of disease that was manufactured in China, or do you believe that there is an unclean spirit that is behind it? If we recognize the spirit behind it, then we can cast it out. God gave us the power and it is up to us to use it. After all we are His representatives upon the earth. Think about this for a moment, if Jesus was standing and facing what we face today, would He allow such a thing? Today, we are to use the power and cast it out.
Say this: “Unclean spirit behind the virus, in the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out! All your powers of fear have been stripped from you, in the name of Jesus. I bind you in Jesus’ name and cast you back to hell where you came from. I loose healing, divine healing to all the people you have infected. I thank You Jesus.”
Jesus also gave us some other powers, what are they? He gave us the power to “Heal All Manner Of Sickness and Disease.” Not only can we cast out the unclean spirit, but we can heal anything that it has infected. Know this, that any disease that is brought to the earth can be healed.
Say this: “Thank You Father for hearing me when I call to You and thank You for allowing me to use Your power to heal the sick and the diseased. In the name of Jesus Christ, I speak healing over all the people who have been affected by the Coronavirus and the fear that it brings.”
We must begin using the authority that Jesus gave to us against our problems and our situations. If we do not start speaking to our problems, then our problems will begin speaking to us.
Take A Look At Your Authority
We have been given the authority to command, this means that we have the power to use our words against the problems that we encounter. We have got to stop letting our problems dictate what our lives are going to be like. We have to stop letting sickness and disease tell us what we can and cannot do. We have to stop listening to lack, famine and drought. We have been given the authority to command and as these problems surface to attack us, remind them of what Jesus has already done. Tell sickness and disease that they have no power over us, because of what Jesus did. We need to tell lack, that because of Jesus, we have the cattle on a thousand hills. We need to tell famine and drought that because of Jesus we have have more than enough. We must let everything that raises itself against us can never conquer us, because of what Jesus has already done.
What Does God’s Word Say?
“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8, NKJV) Let’s take a closer look at our authority. Jesus told us to “Go and announce [to make it public, publicize and declare this fact] that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The kingdom of our God is here. As representatives of this kingdom we are to go tell everyone that it is here for them. Jesus further gave us kingdom power to heal the sick. What does this mean? It means that we are to heal people of sickness and diseases because in the kingdom of heaven there is no sickness or disease, and this further means that because we are ambassadors of Christ, we are always walking in heaven even when we are on the earth. I call it “Diplomatic Immunity!” Jesus commands us to raise the dead. Why? Because in heaven everyone is alive and that means that we are to wake people up on the earth. It is all because of what Jesus has already done, taking away the power of the grave and death. Jesus says to us that we have been given power to cure the lepers’. Jesus never said that He was going to do all of this, He told us to do it. He told us to cast out devils. Why isn’t He doing it? He delegated His authority to us. We have been given the right to use His authority. As His ambassadors and accredited diplomats of the kingdom of Heaven it is our official responsibility to bring heaven to the earth. What powers does the ambassadors have? We are diplomats of the highest rank, formally representing our God with His full authority to represent the kingdom upon the earth. This means that we are given the power of God, with full authority. We are just like Jesus. We are given the power through Jesus’ name. In the name of Jesus we can heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with diseases and we have power over the enemy to cast them out.
Many of us have the power inside of us, but it is dormant. The Bible says that God has given us His power and authority, but in order for us to activate it, we have to believe. We must wake up the power and we need to stop letting it be dormant. We need to flip the switch to the on position and let God’s power flow. Stop living in the dark because of the law and let grace turn the lights on. Let the light shine! This reminds me what a good friend told me the other day, He was driving one day and the Holy Spirit spoke to him, asking him, “Did I not make the blind to see? Did I not heal the woman with the issue of blood? Did I not cleanse the lepers? Did I not raise Lazareth from the dead? Did I not raise Jesus from the grave? Do I not cast out unclean spirits? Do you think that this virus is greater than me? This virus means nothing to Me and it has no power over Me.” My friends, we have been given the power. We are ambassador’s of Christ. We speak to mountains and they move. We do everything in the name of Jesus.
The devil is doing everything that he can do to cause us to be filled with unbelief. It can fill us with all kinds of doubt, especially when we allow the power that God has placed inside of us remain dormant. The more he can fill our hearts with unbelief, the more we will be succumb to fear. The greater the amount of fear, the less we have in faith. If the devil can cause us to doubt God’s Word, then he can shutdown God’s power. We can try to flip the switch to on but nothing will happen until the faith is restored which activates the power. What good is an ambassador without authority and power?
One day some of us will be in a situation where the only thing we will need is the power and authority that God has given us. Isn’t it better for us to know that the authority is and stop letting it remain dormant, but God’s power needs to be alive and well? Isn’t it powerful for us to say, “In the name of Jesus be healed? Isn’t it powerful to believe in what Jesus has already done? Isn’t it wonderful to know that we are in Christ? We can say to mountains move and they do. We can say to the virus, begone and it will have to obey. We can say to racial injustice, stop and it does. We are the Ambassador’s of Heaven. We are endowed with resurrection power, so that we can see things manifest upon earth. We can bring heaven to the earth. The problem is that we want things to happen right now. If we do not see it manifest instantaneously, we come to the belief that it does not work for us. Doubt floods are minds and we stop believing. The power inside of us goes dormant again. Our faith must remain active and just because we do not see something happen, this does not mean that God is not doing anything. Look at Mark 11:22, “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.” God has already given us whatever we need, if we believe in Him, He will always do what His Word says.
When ambassador’s to the United States call for action to help them maintain the peace, help is automatically given. When we as Ambassador’s of Christ need to see action, to help keep the peace, we speak God’s Word and the biggest law enforcement force of angels move. Look at what God says, turn to Psalms 103:20, “Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.” When an ambassador from the United States calls for help from the president, he sends the military. When we as Ambassador’s from Heaven call for help, God sends His military.
My friends there are things that we have to do to activate our “Spiritual Authority.” Go to 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.” Jesus has given us authority to trample on serpents and scorpions. What does this mean for us to be able to trample on something? It means that we can tread on and crush serpents and scorpions! Biblically speaking, the serpent was the agent of temptation and the scorpion was symbolic of dark magic affecting the mind. Jesus says to us that He gives us the power to crush temptation and mental illness and any of the other abilities that the devil uses against us and nothing that the enemy has, shall do us any harm, this of course means that we have been given complete power to overcome anything.
Let me ask you this question, “Do you believe that all of the bad, terrible things in the world have demons behind them? Demons are behind people who put us down. Demons are behind sicknesses that affect us. Demons are behind people who want to hurt people. Demons are behind natural disasters. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” The people doing things to hurt us are not to blame, there are forces of darkness behind what they do. You see, we are dealing with principalities. You are asking, what is a principality? They are demons! Rulers of darkness, they are demons! Spiritual hosts of wickedness are demons as well. When someone comes against you, use the authority that Jesus had given you and command that demon to move aside and cast him out.
Some people will think that this is all utter nonsense. The devil wants us to believe this. One of the greatest feats that Satan has achieved, is making people that he does not exist. If we don’t know that we have spiritual powers, then we still be getting beat up by the devil and his demons. There will be no victory for us. We will keep taking that abuse day and night, with no end in sight. You see, the devil will not stop abusing us until we command him to stop. Even now, there are some of you who are reading this, who keep saying to themselves, “I just don’t believe in a devil or demons.” They are saying that unclean spirits do not exist. Then there are others who do believe in the devil and demons, but because they go to church he won’t bother them. How wrong can you be! Satan goes into our churches, because he is seeking who he can devour. Then there are those Born Again, Spirit filled Christians, who know the devil is real, but they also know what power Jesus has given them. They are the ones who know of Jesus and His finished works and they are the ones who walk in victory.
What Is Our Power?
Let’s take a look at power. All of us live in houses that have electric power flowing to it. This power comes from our local electric company. If we want to turn the lights on in our home, we go to the switch on the wall and flip it on. When we do the power that the electric company supplies causes our homes to become lighted. We do not call up the electric company and have them send a person to our home to flip the switch for us. Now, if we do not pay our electric bill, the company will turn the flow of power to our homes off, we can go to the light switch all that we want to and no lights will come on, because there is no power being supplied to the house. It is the same with God, He is our power source, but He is not going to come into our lives and flip the switch for us. He makes the power available for us to use, but we have to flip the switch to the on position so that it can flow. How many of us know that we have the power, but we are just too lazy to flip the switch? It is God’s power, but we have to flip the switch to turn it on. If we are born again Christians, we already have been given the power. Yet there still are some that doubt they have any power. The reason is because they have never flip the switch to see it in action. Our first response to any situation that we encounter is going to be how things will turn out. We have authority to speak something into existence, bad as well good. It all has to do with are we willing to turn the switch on and let God’s power flow?
Let’s continue looking at the power that God has given to us, turn to Matthew 10:7-8, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” I want you to look deep into this verse of Scripture, Jesus is saying to us that we are to heal the sick. Why then do most of us keep running to Him in prayer to have Him heal the sick? He specifically said, “Heal the sick.” He wants us to do it. He gave us the authority to do it and God gave us the power to do it. All that we have to do is, “Flip the Switch.” Look further, Jesus said, “Cleanse the lepers.” What is a leper? It is a person who is avoided or rejected by others for moral and social reason, people who have a contagious disease. These are people who are labeled outcastes by society. What do we need to do? We need to flip the switch! Look at what Jesus says next, “Raise the Dead.” What do we need to do? You guessed it, “Flip the Switch On.” Remember one important thing, we are not doing anything except flipping the switch so that God’s power flows. We are not healing the people, He is. Jesus further tells us to cast out devils. All that we have to do is flip the switch and God does the rest.
Let me tell you this important thing, God will not answer a prayer for something that He has already done. God will not answer a prayer where He has told us what to do. We become so busy talking to God about our problems, instead of talking to our problems about what God already has done. When have you spoken to your problem about what God already said? We don’t, because that just doesn’t seem right! The power is available, but we will not turn the switch on. We are willing to allow our problems to overwhelm us, when in fact we need to be talking to our problems. We need to quit asking God to do something that He already said was taken care of. If we do not speak to our troubles, our troubles will begin speaking to us. Remember, we have the authority to speak to the problem. Don’t let sickness talk to you, you need to speak to the sickness. Don’t let disease talk to you, you need to command the disease. Don’t let the Coronavirus talk to you, you need to talk to the virus and move it away from you, bind and cast it back to hell. Why be afraid of something that can’t hurt you unless you let it.
Jesus said, “Freely you have received….” Jesus gave us the authority, God has given us His power, everything has been given to us for free, we just have to want to flip the switch on so that we can see God do what He does best, save you from the enemy.