If you read today’s Gospel reading, or listened to it, then you were probably touched by Jesus’ healing of the man with an unclean spirit and the crowd’s amazement, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him” (Mark 1:21-28). The blessing here is that now Jesus is resurrected and because of His love and self-sacrifice, His disciples–that’s us–now have authority, too.
Interestingly, I awoke from a dream a couple of weeks ago that went something like this: A pair of hands were tearing a book of prayers given to me by a stranger one deeply sad day eight years ago. After receiving this prayer book, I was led to freedom from evil. Wonderful, amazing experiences led me out of the dark. Amazing results emerged from realizing my identity and authority in Christ. This book is a publication of Christian Word Ministries in Kentucky.
The hands in my dream are hands I’ve seen before, though I can’t identify them, and they were ripping the book apart. For whatever reason, this presence was standing in my room beside my husband’s side of the bed while destroying the book.
To me, it indicated taking my authority both in Christ and as an individual. I sense something outside myself, for a very long time, has worked diligently to oppress me in faith growth and in my physical professional life. I reject them, their authority over me, and I destroy their attempts to harm in the name of Jesus Christ. Without this book, I wouldn’t even know how to do this, or that I have authority over this. It is always a struggle it seems.
I spoke to a close friend who is a spiritual guide for me and she said, “You need that book, keep praying with it.” Then, the next morning, I took it with me to morning prayer and a lady who always sits to my left said “Where did you get that book? It is wonderful. We use it at the healing ministry.” She is a prayer minister.
It came by way of fear, personal prayer, and a miracle in 2007. A stranger gave it to me the day we met! I won’t let it go.
It took me a long time to conquer fear, loss, bitterness, etc. following severe harm to myself and my family. This book and the resulting outcomes in my life are a lifeline for me.
Here are a few of its extensive affirmations:
“I am established, anointed and sealed by God in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:21).
“I am a new creature in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“I am set free” (John 8:31-33).
“I am accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).
The point I’m trying to make is this, as Christians who are in Christ (John’s letter says that we know we remain in Christ if we follow the commandments and if we love one another.) we have authority over evil. Once I was attacked, and my family was hurt. Most of it happened because I didn’t know my identity in Christ; truly I had no real faith to speak of.
Now, it’s different. My faith, the LORD, is my rock, my salvation, my Redeemer, and in Him I have authority, the authority given to me at baptism when the priest anointed me as priest, prophet, and king because Jesus is THE HIGH PRIEST, THE PROPHET, and THE KING of kings. There my sins were washed away. He lives within me, and I guard our relationship jealously.
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
I believe it. Once the LORD spoke into my heart when I complained about the attacks, “They will fight against you, but they will not prevail.”
Thanks be to God. Yes, LORD, I believe.
Believe in Christ and trust in HIM who is able to accomplish all things. You’ve got the POWER!
Who is this that speaks with authority? God’s child. Our identities must first be rooted in Christ.