Jesus’ first message to us in Matthew was that the Kingdom was at hand. In other words the Kingdom was here, it had arrived. The Jews of those days were expecting the Messiah to come and overthrow the Roman government which had subdued the Jewish people, but Christ didn’t.
Instead He revealed to the people the power that He’d entrusted them with. Religion, which is man’s attempt to reach God, says that you are powerless, but Christianity, which is God’s successful attempt to reach man, says that the power of God lives on the inside of you. If there are things going on in your life that you don’t like, you have the power to change many of them. Don’t look at yourself as a victim, but rather look at yourself as the victor.
Authority is available for you, but you must take it. Christ gave us the Keys to the Kingdom and we must use those keys. Don’t sit waiting on something to happen, go and use the power you have already been given!!
Luke 10:19 AMP 19Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.
There is nothing happening in your life that God has not given you the authority over. When we are born again, we are not only saved from hell, but we are also covered by God and endowed with certain rights. To understand authority, you must think of a police officer standing in front of traffic at rush hour. They stand in front of the cars with nothing on but a uniform and they put their hand up to say stop. They didn’t have the physical power to stop the cars, but they did have the authority to do so. The police officer’s authority is not determined by who they are individually, but by the city or county they work for and have an agreement with.
As is our authority as believers in Christ; it’s not dependent on us, but dependent on the One we serve and the agreement (covenant) we have with Him. You must have authority to have power. There are police officers that have lost their lives while being under cover because they tried to exercise power with no authority because they didn’t have on their uniform to identify who they worked for. As believers we must put on our uniform, which is the armor of the Lord found in Ephesians 6. When things are going crazy in your life, you may not have the physical power to stop them, but you do have the authority and when you have authority, it’s God’s power that will make things change. Notice that the verse says “nothing shall by any means harm us.” Many Christians get harmed in tough circumstances because they’re not using the authority God’s given them and they are trying to fix things in their own power and not in His.
Right now, wherever you are, pray to God and put your uniform on and when negative things come your way, put your hand up like the police officer and say STOP, I have authority over this and it shall not harm me, nor my family!!