“Behold! I (Jesus) have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental ability] over all the power that the enemy possesses; and nothing shall in any way harm you.” (Luke 10:19)
Authority and power go hand in hand. If you or I were to try to arrest a violent criminal without having the badge of a police officer, we would be laughed at and shot by that criminal. On the other hand a police officer has the authority and the power to force that criminal to submit to arrest and incarceration. Likewise in the kingdom of God, a person who doesn’t know Jesus can’t cast out a devil or stop an attack against anyone.
Acts 19 tells of seven son of a man named Sceva thought they could do that by using the Name of Jesus without the authority that comes through a relationship with Him. They got beat up and stripped naked by that spirit!
The good news for you and I as believers, is that WE DO have the authority and power to trample and defeat ALL the power of the enemy. Jesus’ Blood purchased that authority and power by His death and resurrection. This is one of the reasons Jesus said that “the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist.” This authority and power is available to those AFTER Jesus’ death and resurrection.
If you are a believer in Jesus’ Christ, if you have a relationship with Him and have been washed in His Blood, then YOU have the authority and power to get victory over any situation that Satan throws at you–whether you believe it or not–whether you use it or not. The Bible says to “resist the devil and he will flee.”
When you come to the realization of who you are in Christ and the full extent of what He purchased on the Cross, truly, a whole new world will open up before you. When you take hold and begin to walk in the authority and power of the Name and the Blood of Jesus, the devil starts to quake in his boots. He does not want a believer to realize this and he does everything in his power to keep him/her in the dark about it. Turn the light of the Word of God on this and take hold of what is yours through the Name and the Blood of Jesus Christ!