Galatians 4:7 says, “Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” We are not only God’s adopted heirs through Christ as this verse says, but as Romans 8:17 tells us, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” This means we have the same authority over the devil and his works that Jesus does! As joint heirs, demons have to obey us, they cannot violate God’s Word when it’s spoken in Christ’s authority.
In the past I thought this meant that all those who have faith in Christ have his authority. But I recently listened to a sermon by Rick Joyner that showed me something different. He said there are five levels of relationship with God. The first is Believer, and this is where 90% of Christians stay. The next level is Disciple, where we learn about our Master and we learn to be like Him. The next is Bondservant, and very few actually make it this far. They truly live like they don’t have anything of their own-they are only stewards of what God gives them. The Bondservant takes orders and is obedient. The fourth level is Friend. God shares His heart with these people. The last and best level is when we become a son or daughter. He’s not taking about the son or daughter we become when we are adopted into God’s kingdom. This is beyond that, after we have progressed through the other levels. Joyner believes there is a whole new level of authority here and I have to say I agree with him. The King doesn’t give His authority to His servants or even His friends, but to His children. (By the way, we don’t give up the other levels of relationship as we move forward, we build on them). While we move through the levels of relationship there will be some authority, but I believe this last level is where miracles happen.
Matthew 11:12 says, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” We have to take the kingdom of Heaven by force because demons stand in our way. They stand in the way of our peace, our joy, our healing, our promises from God. We have to forcefully assert the power and authority God gave us when we became joint heirs with Christ.
When we become a son or daughter of the King, He gives us a robe of righteousness, a crown, and a scepter. He expects us to walk as a prince or princess in authority. We are to carry ourselves with confidence and use our most commanding voice. When we pray in tongues, we should do so in an authoritative manner, like a Monarch speaking to her subjects. We need to be bold in the face of the enemy, knowing that God, not the devil, is in charge of our life.
In my next blog I’ll share an example of what this looks like. Until then, keep abiding in the presence of the Most High.