How to Use Your Spiritual Authority

Mar. 29, 2020 | By Creflo Dollar


As believers, we are clothed with tremendous power. Because of what Jesus did, we have the authority to walk on top of any situation that tries to destroy us. This means that we are authorized to walk on sickness, disease, or any other kind of evil that rises up against us. We have been given the right to command in life; therefore, we do not have to tolerate anything less than God’s best for us. His authority always remains constant and never wanes; if we do not see the results we want, it is because we are not walking in our authority. It is not enough to simply believe that Jesus, alone, can heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out devils; we must accept that we, too, have power to do the same. When we have faith in this, then we give all of heaven permission to intervene on our behalf.

  1. Faith in God’s Word empowers us to succeed. We must not tolerate any doubt at all.
    1. And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:22-31).
      1. Jesus authorized Peter to walk on the water; Peter accepted that authority.
      2. Doubt is defined as a moment of fear.
      3. Jesus was walking on the situation that was trying to kill the disciples. When Peter accepted Jesus’ authority, he, too, was able to walk on top of the situation.
      4. This applies to us as well; we must be willing to use the authority we have been given.
      5. It was not God’s will for Peter to sink; however, when Peter stopped focusing on Jesus, he became distracted by the circumstances.
    2. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease…Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matthew 10:1, 8).
      1. Power is defined as ability and authorization. Jesus gave the disciples the authority to walk on top of sickness.
      2. God’s power comes to pass through us. This power always remains constant. If we do not see results, it is because we have changed, not His power.
      3. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8).
      4. The number one reason people do not receive God’s promises is because they do not operate in their authority.
  1. We have the same authority as Christ, but it does us no good if we do not believe it.
    1. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).
      1. God will not do anything that He has already told us to do. We have been authorized to get the devil off our backs, and keep him off.
      2. We have authority over everything from the devil. Fear and disease do not come from God, but from the enemy. Therefore, we have authority over these things.
      3. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
    2. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12).
      1. Spiritual people can become more frustrated than denominational people. This is because denominational people do not believe in or expect healing, deliverance, or prosperity; Word-based people do.
      2. We have been given the ability to do the same things that Jesus Christ, Himself, does.
    3. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things (1 John 2:20).
      1. We have an anointing to get the job done. However, if we do not know the authority we have, we will not use it.
      2. We are like police officers; we have the power and authority to enforce spiritual law. God’s Word is spiritual law.
  1. God’s Word is spiritual law that never changes. It remains constant in all situations.
    1. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).
      1. God’s Word is established, and will never change. It is a principle that will always work for anyone who trusts it and walks in it.
    2. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips (Psalm 89:34).
      1. God will never go back on His Word. He keeps all His promises; whatever He has said, He will do.
    3. God is serious about His Word on the authority we have. We must not sit back and passively wait for Him; heaven is waiting on us.
      1. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name (Psalm 138:2).
      2. I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name (Psalm 138:2, NLT).
    4. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy (Psalm 78:37-42).
      1. We actually have the ability to limit God. We hinder His will for our lives when we fail to use our authority. We need to cooperate with Him.
  1. God wants the best for us, but it is up to us to choose to receive His promises.
    1. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3).
      1. God’s Word holds the world and the entire universe together. We are authorized to enforce that Word.
    2. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
      1. God’s plans for us are always good. They never include sickness, stress, fear, or anything bad. It is not God’s nature to punish us.
    3. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live (Deuteronomy 30:19).
      1. We have been given the power to succeed and win; however, the choice is ours whether or not to use that power.
      2. We must not have just a short burst of faith, but faith that continues to endure throughout the situation. Faith is a spiritual law and a principle (Romans 3:27).
  1. God will always keep His promises to us. We succeed by verbally agreeing with Him. 1. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
    1. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
      1. We can overcome the law of sin and death if we execute the law of the Spirit of life. In order to know how to overcome, we must first know how to execute the law of the Spirit.
      2. When we open our mouths and verbally declare that we are healed, we overcome sickness.
    2. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
      1. Death is not God’s will; He wants life for us. However, His will does not automatically come to pass. We must do our part to stand in faith and use our authority to enforce His Word.
    3. God’s spiritual laws are found in His Word.
      1. Our prosperity is one of those laws. To prosper is to succeed in every area of our lives.
      2. We have whatever we say—this is another law. If we believe right, we will have what we believe.
      3. Faith without actions is dead (James 2:17). We must act on what we believe.
      4. Another law states that to be carnally-minded is death; to be spiritually-minded is life (Romans 8:6).

For more on using our God-given authority to enforce God’s will for us, click on the link below for the DVD, How to Use Your Spiritual Authority.

Scripture References

Matthew 14:22-31

Matthew 14:22-31

Matthew 10:1, 8

Psalm 78:37-42

Hebrews 13:8

Hebrews 1:3

Luke 10:19

Jeremiah 29:11

John 10:10

Deuteronomy 30:19

Proverbs 13:12

Romans 3:27

1 John 2:20

Romans 8:2

Psalm 119:89

2 Peter 3:9

Psalm 89:34

James 2:17

Psalm 138:2

Romans 8:6

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