Believers’ Authority In Christ
There are several constants you will experience when you travel by road in Nigeria. One of such constants, is a preacher coming to preach and pray for all passengers before the vehicle take off from its terminus or a passenger lead the prayer and preach shortly after take-off.
My focus in this post, is the pattern of prayer said by some of these folks. Mind you I am not against those who pray or preach either in the terminus or during the trip. However, what is worth doing, is worth doing well.
From my observations, most of the prayers made are filled with wordings that elicit fear, demon-consciousness and lack of understanding of the victory Jesus availed believers by His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. Some passengers are not exempted from this because the resounding amen that follow the prayers made, show that birds of a feather flock together.
Take for instance:
We bind every blood sucking demons on the road. They will not see our blood to drink in Jesus’ name. Amen!!!
Father, all the demons sent to stop this bus from reaching our destination will not come in Jesus’ name. Amen!!!
We soak our driver with the blood of Jesus, we know he is a target in this journey. He will drive well in Jesus’ name. Amen!!!
You demons on the high way, the children of God are coming. Clear the road now in Jesus’ name. Amen!!!
The list is endless.
I remember in one of such trips, our bus skidded of the road but later gained balance. A passenger appealed to everyone in the bus that we should pray again. I asked him, what happened to the one that was said shortly after take-off?
These prayers most times could hinder some non-believer from believing in the saving power of Jesus Christ. Come to think of it, some of them don’t express great fear, worry or anxiety when traveling like some believers do.
Jesus is all powerful (Matt. 28:18)! Accepting him into your life means you are all powerful. As a believer you don’t need to announce to the devil or demons how powerful he is, they already know.
Carefully consider the scriptures below:
And, behold, they cried out, saying, what have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? – Matt. 8:29.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not – John 1:4-5.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee – Isa. 43:2.
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him – Isa. 59:19.
From the scriptures above, demons begged Jesus and appealed to him; not the reverse. All that light can do is but shine. It does not need the permission of darkness. As a believer, be at peace each time you’re traveling. Fear less and have the assurance that you will get to your destination unhurt.
My focus in this post is just a fragment of the series of scenes in our daily life that show how some believers have no/less understanding of the power Jesus conferred on them.
What can you do as a believer to overcome these odd patterns?
Study the Word of God
Study the Word of God to have a clear understanding of your rights and placement in Christ; for my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Understanding of scriptures will help you pray better most times and focus on giving glory to God for the already established victory even in the face of adversity. While Jesus sailed (travelled) with his disciples a storm arose all he said was “PEACE BE STILL!” – Mark 4:39. That was it! Wherever the word of a king is, there is power – Eccl. 8:4.
Seek more insight as touching whatever you don’t grasp when you study the bible. Never be ashamed to humbly seek help to know your spiritual rights and who you are in Christ. Nicodemus sought help and became a better person (John 3:1-9). The Ethiopian eunuch welcomed help and went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:39).
Take a stand
Take your stand, exercise your rights, authority in Christ with wisdom and understanding drawn from studying the word of God. The apostles did this and so mightily grew the word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:20).
Change your congreration
If need be, prayerfully change from a church that seem to make you see less of the ideal person you ought to be as a believer to that which help you enjoy who you are in Christ with joy and fullness (1 Pet. 2:9).
Be free, liberated and live a life of victory. The devil and his cohorts are insignificant. Jesus have overcome the world (John 16:33; Luke 10:19; Mark 16:17-18).