As humans, we all have the same authority Jesus had, so why aren’t we performing similar healings and miracles today? It’s because we don’t understand that our authority activates God’s power.
How did Jesus perform healings and miracles?
- Jesus received guidance from YHWH (God) concerning God’s desires.
- As a man, He exercised the same authority we all have.
- The Father used His power to do the healings and miracles.
Man’s Delegated Authority
On the 6th day of creation, God made man the ruler over the earth and everything in it.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28
Man ruled the earth as God’s delegated authority. The plants and trees of the Garden of Eden fed him, and he named all the animals who were created as his companions. (Genesis 2:19)
God’s power enforced every word of man’s authority.
Then the Devil caused man to sin, and all of God’s earthly creation became slaves to corruption, death, and decay. (Romans 8:21) The Devil became the ‘prince of this world’, ruling the fallen nations of mankind through sinful men. (Matthew 4:8,9; John 14:30, 16:11)
Adam didn’t lose his delegated authority when he sinned, but he lost his close relationship with God and the confidence that God would continue to enforce his authority.
Over the centuries since then the Devil enslaved mankind through sin, guilt, and violence. Today, mankind is almost universally ignorant that our authority activates God’s power.
Jesus Broke Free from Sin
But when Jesus, the Son of God, entered creation, He didn’t become a slave to sin. With God as His father, He was able to live a sinless life, even though He was tempted in every way possible. (Hebrews 4:15) Therefore, the Devil had no foothold of power over Jesus. In fact, Jesus exercised His power (as a sinless man) over the Devil.
No one can enter a strong man’s house to steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. (Mark 3:27)
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
The Kingdom of God
As a sinless man, Jesus exercised His authority over creation. For example: He cast-out demons, healed the sick, cleansed lepers, walked on water, and multiplied 2 fish and a few loaves of bread to feed 5000 hungry men, with 12 baskets of leftovers remaining! (Matthew 14:15-20)
Jesus was exercising the authority God delegated to Adam (and us) on the 6th day of creation. Through Jesus, God showed us His desire to deliver creation from its bondage to corruption, death, and decay.
The miracles Jesus performed demonstrate God’s desire to bless mankind with healing, prosperity, peace, rest, and holiness. They also demonstrated the reality and superiority of His kingdom on the earth.
Our Authority Activates God’s Power
How did Jesus do these miracles? As a sinless man, Jesus didn’t rely on His rank as the Son of God to perform His miracles. He simply needed to apply man’s delegated authority to activate God’s power over creation.
Through prayer and constant communion with God’s Holy Spirit Jesus was totally dependent on guidance from Almighty God—His Father.
“Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself unless He sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19)
Then, Jesus exercised delegated authority as a man to do whatever the Father showed Him. This authorized the Father to exercise His power on the earth, in mankind’s realm.
So, here are the steps:
- Jesus received spiritual guidance from the Father.
- By faith, Jesus exercised man’s delegated authority on earth to perform the Father’s guidance.
- The Father used His almighty power to do whatever Jesus commanded on earth.
Jesus received guidance and commanded using man’s delegated authority. Then, God released the power to fulfill Jesus’ words. It works the same way for us:
- Receive spiritual guidance from the Father.
- We use our delegated authority to activate God’s power to accomplish His will.
- The Father uses His almighty power to do what we command on earth.
A Simple Example of Authority and Power
This quote is from Andrew Wommack’s excellent teaching on Our Authority Releases God’s Power
“He wants us to take our authority and command His power.
It’s like electricity. The power company generates the power and delivers it to your house. It’s not your power, but it’s under your control. You don’t call the power company and ask them to turn the lights on. No! They won’t do that. They generate the power, but it’s under your command. You simply flip the switch on the wall and command the power to work. Does this mean you are the power source? Certainly not! If you put a light bulb in your mouth, it will never come on. You aren’t the power source, but you are the one in control of what that power does. Plead with the power company all you want, but they won’t flip the switch for you. You have to assume your authority and acknowledge the power is under your command.”
How to Exercise Our Authority to Activate God’s Power
Just like Jesus did:
- Receive spiritual guidance concerning the Father’s desires through prayer and constant communion with God’s Holy Spirit.
- Since we’re not sinless like Jesus was, the Devil will try to use your consciousness of past sins (shame) to block you from entering God’s presence.
- As disciples of Jesus, we’re made holy by His sacrifice. You must learn how to receive forgiveness and enter His presence with a clean conscience. (Hebrews 10)
- Then, by faith, use your delegated authority to proclaim the Father’s desire.
- The Father will use His almighty power to do what we command.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.