In Jesus’ Authority
by Danny Tariman
“What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” – Mark 1:27
“You can command those evil spirits, in the name of Jesus, and they will obey you! I mean COMMAND, not request, with a commanding voice!” I was passionately explaining to a congregation about the authority we have in the name of Jesus.
In a prayer meeting the following week, a brother came to the front to share a story that had happened to him. One night, he and his wife were disturbed by noisy people outside their home. Some drunkards were having a drinking spree near their gate.
Remembering the teaching he just heard, he called his wife to their room and, together, in the name of Jesus, they cast out those disturbing spirits who were using these people to upset their peace. They did it with authority. A few minutes later, the drunkards left.
Just as the returning disciples said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name” (Luke 10:17), this authority is with us, too!
Are you easily cowed by circumstances? You are an overcomer! You have the power and authority to overcome your situation.
Thank You, Lord, for giving me the authority to use Your Name. Remind me to use this weapon when I face challenges. Amen.
[First published in Didache , January 29, 2012]