By Apostle Andre Pelser
Here are a few insights into the kind of authority Jesus gives to believers. He sent out the 70 with authority to heal the sick and to announce God's Kingdom (Luke 10; 9-11). To their surprise the demons were subject to them in His Name.
1. Demons are subject to advancing believers
Jesus saw Satan fall like lightning. He contemplated it and rejoiced by dancing in a sport like manner, twirling and leaping with much joy. He realized that a command has been issued in His Name to equip His followers with the same kind of authority as He had (Acts 10:38)
Demons marshaled themselves in obedience to the commands of Jesus' followers! Orders were sent down the ranks and they had no option but to obey.
2. Jesus gave believers authority to advance
We do not have a command to defend our position. We are to be more than conquerors in His Name in our own situation and for the sake of others. He has won the victory for us and we have to enforce it in His Name. He has made a way of escape for us out of all temptation (I Corinthians 10:13). We are to trample on serpents and scorpions and nothing shall by any means hurt us as long as we advance. Avoid the trap of standing still and making no progress in your spiritual life. Self-consciousness, selfishness, selfish motives causes back-sliding and wrong attitudes.
3. Christ Jesus gives you authority to advance in this life
Believing the Gospel gives you authority over Satan and all His cohorts (Matthew 28:18) Jesus said, Behold all power is given unto me in heaven and on earth. You should be further in God this year than you were last year. You should have more boldness, more wisdom, more authority, more knowledge of God, more joy and more peace. Your testimonies should be fresh. Paul told Timothy to meditate in the Scriptures so that everyone may see his progress (I Timothy 4:15). Whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
4. The battle call for today: Advance in Jesus' Name!
There is no retreat in God. We do not have ‘pastor's retreats'. Jesus said, Go! I am with you!