Today I will continue my current series entitled, REASONS WHY NOT TO FEAR! Reason #13: You Have Been Authorized/Deputized to Operate in the NAME of JESUS! Understanding your authority, as a Born-Again believer, is a major reason why you should not fear. Let’s get into it.
So what does this mean for you today? A few things.
1. The Father gave Jesus a name that is above every name.
(Phil 2:9,10 KJV)
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.
The name of Jesus is highly exalted. There is power in His name.
There is coming a day when every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, that Jesus the Christ is Lord.
The text says that everything will bow: things in heaven, things in the earth, and even things under the earth. This means that the name of Jesus is exalted in heaven, in the earth and even in the underworld. The kingdom of darkness (satan’s kingdom) is under the power and authority of the name of Jesus. When you openly declare that Jesus the Christ is LORD over you and your household, you get to tap into the power associated with His name. This power is greater than anything the enemy can bring our way.
Never cease to exalt the name of Jesus over your household. In this season, while you are home with your family, openly declare that JESUS THE CHRIST IS LORD over your household. There is power in HIS NAME!
2. You have been authorized (or deputized) to operate in the name of Jesus.
a) When I was in the military I was often sent out by a commander who outranked me, to operate in his/her name. When I was doing so, I was not operating in my own name or my own authority. I was “authorized” by the commander to represent him/her in the given situation, so I was operating AS THEM as I performed whatever they authorized me to do. If you can understand that (and that is pretty straightforward), you can understand the authority Jesus has given you to operate in His name. Jesus said that we would do what He did, and even greater works (John 14:12), because He knew we would be operating in His name. We can’t operate in supernatural power in our own name. But when we accept the power and authority given to us to actually represent (or RE-PRESENT) Jesus in this world, there is nothing we can’t do, nothing can stop, and nothing can harm us.
b) You have power and authority.
One time Jesus called His 12 disciples together and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases (Luke 9:1). Even though He gave it to them, they did not really use that power until Jesus was gone. While Jesus was with them, they were used to watching Him operate in authority and they never truly stretched themselves to receive the authority by faith. This is a lesson for us. Jesus has given us power and authority. But if we don’t exercise our faith to operate in them, it will be like we don’t have any power or authority.
Power is the ability. It’s God’s “super” on our natural. It’s like the police officer’s gun. Authority is the right. It’s like God deputized us to operate in the name of His Son. It’s like the police officer’s badge. God has given us both power and authority. He has given us the badge and the gun. It’s time for us to use both. Especially in this season.
c) When you use the power and authority given to you by Jesus, nothing can stop you.
In Luke 9 we saw how Jesus gave His 12 main disciples power and authority and they did not do anything with it. However, in the next chapter, Jesus sent out 72 of His followers. He gave them the same power and authority. This group received it by faith. They went out to make a difference. They operated in the name of Jesus. When they came back they were excited! They said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons obeyed when we spoke in your name!” (Luke 10:17). Did you get that? Not even demons have power over us when we operate in the authority of the name of Jesus.
Jesus was happy that the group exercised their faith to operate in His name. What Jesus said next is critical. He said, “I saw satan fall like lightning from the sky. He is the enemy, but know that I have given you more power than he has. I have given you the power to crush his snakes and scorpions under your feet. Nothing will hurt you!” (Luke 10:18,19). Wow! Jesus was saying, “Listen, I know satan has power. But I want you to know that I was there when he was kicked out of heaven. I was there when he fell like lightning from the sky. I know what power he has. But I want you to know that I HAVE GIVEN YOU MORE POWER THAN HE HAS! I have given you the power to trample all over his minions. Everything satan has is UNDER YOUR FEET! Nothing shall BY ANY MEANS harm you. You are deputized to OPERATE IN MY NAME!” (Luke 10:18,19 Rick Pina Version).
d) You are deputized to operate AS JESUS IS, in this world.
1 John 4:17 tells us that we are, as Jesus is, in this world. Let that sink in. Jesus has all power and authority in heaven and in the earth. All things are under His feet. There is nothing that is above the name of Jesus. And Jesus Himself has authorized us to use His name! We are deputized by God Himself to operate AS HIM in this world. If you truly believe this, then you have to ask yourself the question: “What do I have to be afraid of?”
You have power over ALL the power of the enemy. Jesus Himself said that nothing shall BY ANY MEANS harm you. NOTHING! Do you believe that? If you do, you will not be afraid when someone sneezes around you. You will not live in fear to Coronavirus or anything else. You are God’s representative on this planet. Jesus is sending you out into the world, and as He is, He is saying, “Go son/daughter. But don’t go in your name. No. Use MY name! You are authorized to operate in MY name. So you can lay hands on the sick and watch them recover. You can cast out demons. Evil spirits have no power over you. And if you touch anything that is poisonous or contagious, like Coronavirus, it shall not harm you! Because you are operating in my name!” (see Mark 16).
Declaration of Faith:
Father, I believe You and Your Word. I have the faith to operate in Your name. No devil, demon, or demonic force has any power over me. No hex, vex, sorcery or spell can touch me. If any virus, negative bacteria, diseased germ, or anything else that is not for my good, touches my body, or the bodies of my family members, it has to die instantly! Because I am not on this planet doing my own thing. I am here representing my God in heaven. I am here operating in the name of His Son. Father, I operate in the power and authority associated with the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus is above all principalities and powers. At the name of Jesus, every knee must bow. Thank You Jesus for allowing me to operate in the authority vested in Your name. As Jesus is, so am I, in this world. Therefore, I declare I am healed, healthy, blessed, prosperous, and protected. Fear has no power over me. I declare this by faith! In Jesus’ name. Amen!
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!