ACTIVATING YOUR AUTHORITY

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image“As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. 25 “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel.” (1 Samuel 17:24-25, NLT)

“David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” (Verse 26)

“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” 34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” (Verses 31-37)

Over the past few weeks I have been studying about our authority, the Pastors of our church have also been teaching on this and God has been revealing some things about the authority that we have. I encourage you to begin to study as well about the authority you have over the powers of darkness and how they operate in our lives.

I was thinking about the story of David and Goliath that we read about and how amazing it was that David defeated that Giant. I believe the key to David’s victory was his confidence in the authority he had over the enemy. I believe this story is a picture of God’s grace and a picture of the authority that we have over the enemy and his tactics in our lives.

There are many key things in these passages and I could write pages on them but here are just a few. Verse 25 says, “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel.” Each day he taunted and tormented them with fear. Does that sound familiar in your own life? The enemy desires to torment us each day. The second thing I want you to notice is David’s attitude and confidence in verse 26. “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” As you become more confident and aware of the authority you have, your attitude and confidence will become more like David’s. Who is this devil, that thinks he is allowed to attempt to steal, kill, and destroy our lives?

Last, in the last section of verses above I love David’s confidence. It comes through experiences he has had where he has become victorious. The more we take authority over the enemy in our lives the greater our faith and confidence grows so that when a situation arises we say, “I’ve faced bigger giants than this and won and I’ll do it again!”

There was an authority that David had over the enemy and he knew it and was confident in it. This is where we need to get as The Church. We need to begin to focus on the authority we have over all of the evil things that happen in our lives and the lives of others. It’s time to walk in our God given authority and send the devil packing!

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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