One of the things I often think about is Jesus’ ability to heal and cast out spirits who had to obey him. I desperately want to see his people get healed and freed from sin and as I read in scripture what Jesus did, I want this for his people today so very badly. Yet it seems as if it is elusive and that we are missing something because most of us are not walking in that power.
I take it to heart when Jesus called his apostles to walk in the same power as he did (Luke 9:1). That power was on display from the very start in Jesus’ ministry starting in Luke 4. The first thing he did after leaving the synagogue announcing the start of his ministry was to drive out evil spirits and heal many people.
However, scripture tells us that Jesus was first tempted by the enemy in the wilderness for 40 days before he did that. I don’t think it was an accident that Jesus was first tempted in the wilderness, overcame it and then began his public ministry after that. I like to think that this was by design and was placed in that order to model authority over the enemy before stepping into ministry.
Now it is of course fact that Jesus was God, so he was already above everything else and I can hear people claiming that fact as the only reason he could do such things. True enough. But the Luke 9:1 verse is still there for the rest of us and must be addressed if we are expected to follow Jesus.
Consider the fact that Jesus was walking without sin and overcame his temptations. You could say that Jesus had authority over those things because he had not surrendered to them. I like to think of it this way: If someone is on their 6th marriage, do they have authority to suggest that you should not get divorced? Of course not! Authority over something comes with victory in the Spirit. I believe that part of your anointing comes from those victories.
The Son of man did not come to be served but to serve and to preach the good news of the kingdom of God (Luke 4:43). He knew this about his identity. It’s high time we learn what our identities are, overcome our battles with sin and begin to walk in authority that we have been called to walk in so we can rise above sickness, disease and every evil spirit that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
Authority will come with victory. But before it can, we must overcome the ways of the world and overcome the spirits that empower sickness, disease and sin in our own lives so we can order it, by authority, out of the lives of those in the world. This will be the thing that then draws the world to the church. Not that we do these things in word, but by power (1 Cor. 4:20). We must demonstrate our authority in victory just as Jesus did, and those things will obey us too. I have do doubt in my mind we can do this, and we will do it when we first surrender to the struggle of sin and then embrace our God-given identity just as Jesus did.