You gave them authority over all things. “Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority. Hebrews 2:8 NLT
I have been given authority over all things in Christ Jesus. If you are in Christ so have you.
What are we are supposed to do with this authority? What do we have authority over?
- All things – Ephesians 1:22
- The world – 1 John 4:4
- Our thoughts – 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Our speech – Colossians 4:6, Ephesians 4:29
- Our emotions – Colossians 3:8-14
- Mountains (obstacles) – Matthew 17:20
- Satan and his realm – James 4:7, Matthew 10:1, 12:28
1. Blessing my day
Something I started doing recently is blessing my day. I was listening to a message by Joyce Meyer. She said something to the effect of taking authority over your day by blessing it and everything in it. Blessing is more than a saying, more than “I wish you the best.” Our words of blessing carry power and the authority for God to move in the situation we have blessed.
2. Pleading the blood of Jesus
If pleading the blood sounds strange think of a court of law. A defendant is brought before the judge and asked how they plead. They can say guilty or not guilty. Because of Jesus we can say “I plead the blood of Jesus.” Jesus sacrifice makes us righteous, fully adopted children of the Most High God! That carries some major authority. Everything God made available to Jesus is available to us. We are co-heirs with Jesus.
3. Declare my authority
I state my authority, reminding myself and Satan daily that he has no right to me or anything concerning me. I am under the blood of Jesus. My property, finances, family, everything concerning me is under the blood. Jesus provided for it to be safe from the thief.
This changes my perspective. I’m never a victim. I am more than a conqueror in Christ.
4. Over my emotions
I frequently have to take authority over my emotions. Emotions are real. They are not always true and they are even less often a good basis for decisions. I am learning to feel and understand my emotions and what caused them without letting them run my life. Notice I said learning. I still struggle and fail in moments and situations. I will keep learning.
This can look like telling myself to act like the person I want to be instead of how I’m feeling. Get up and make dinner. Sort and file that stack of papers. Go have a conversation and make someone feel welcome.
Have you exercised your authority in any of these ways?
What questions do you have about using your authority?
During a quiet time God gave me this idea for directing my thoughts for the day. In the morning I write out my day with the acronym FATHER.
Read the other posts:
- Focus – 10 Tips to Refocus
- Authority You’re here 🙂
- Thanksgiving 5 Ways to Practice Being Thankful
- Hope Hold on to Hope
- Encouragement 4 Sources of Discouragement & 3 Sources of Encouragement
- Rest 2 Steps to Finding Rest: Remember and Come
For some examples read 6 Ways to Direct Your Thoughts