Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” Luke 10:19 (ESV)

The word that best describes my teen years is REBELLION! I was a rebel in pretty much EVERYTHING I did! So much to the point that the leadership of the church that I was a part of wanted to “excommunicate” me. Seriously, the deacons wanted to kick me out! But the senior pastor stood up for me, seeing something they didn’t see… God’s hand and destiny upon this wholehearted energetic wayward young man. Two years later I surrendered ALL to Christ, and to the degree that I rebelled I now ran with God. To the intensity that I participated in evil, I now advanced the kingdom of God. The very things that held me captive now became weapons in my hands for my Savior!

What I’ve learned over the years is that God turns our areas of bondage and rebellion into forces of righteousness. The very chains that once shackled our ankles now become spiritual weapons in our hands. The very areas where we have had victory over are now arenas of greater authority for our King! 

And today God is calling us to operate in the authority He has given us through the victories in our life. Those who have been rescued from addiction now have anointing to set others free. Those who walked through hard issues, now have keys to help other’s journey through their hard times. You see, God always takes what the enemy meant for evil and turns it into good (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28). And one aspect of that good is a greater authority in the very area we once held us captive!

The crazy thing is, the more we exercise our authority the greater it becomes. I’m not sure if we are given more or we simply start operating in faith with what God has already given us. Either way, we reap what we sow, and God rewards His kids with MORE when they faithfully steward what He had already given them (Matthew 25:21)!

I believe pastors are to operate in this greater authority. By that I mean, specific people will be drawn to their churches, being attracted by this very specific authority. Like me, those who were rebels in their early years now have an authority to help today’s rebels be freed, to step into their destiny. Pastors, please pray for those who are trapped like you were. And for all of us, ask the Lord for greater revelation and understanding to operate in the authority He has given you!

Thank the Lord for taking the very chains you once were bound by, and making them weapons for Him to advance His kingdom! Ask Him for a grace to not be ashamed of your past, but allow Him to redeem it and use it for His glory. Ask Him to give you people who need to be ministered to in the very areas where you have had victory in. Ask Him for the grace to step into the fullness of the authority He desires you to operate in. Thank Him for the authority over all the power of the enemy!