Exercise Your Authority

Embracing God's Truth to Defeat the Enemy

Joyce Meyer
Exercise Your Authority

From the beginning of time, God has had good plans for our lives. Satan disrupted God’s original plan when he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden and they listened to him instead of obeying God.  

God had given Adam and Eve dominion over everything in the Garden, but when they disobeyed Him, they lost their authority and suddenly, Satan had the upper hand!  

The Lord, in His sovereignty, thankfully already had the solution in order to redeem man back to Himself—through His son, Jesus Christ.  

I love what Ephesians 1:22 says: And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church] (AMPC).  

It’s so important to know that God is so much greater than Satan, our enemy. Through Jesus Christ, we have the authority we need to live victorious lives and put the enemy in his place—under our feet!  

Know Your Enemy

I don’t like to give Satan too much credit or spend too much time talking about what he’s trying to do. However, it is important to know that we have an enemy. It’s important to know his strategies so we can defeat him when he tries to trip us up.  

We must never forget that Satan is a thief and a liar (see John 10:10; John 8:44). He wants us to believe his lies because that will cause us to be deceived and not to live in truth. He will tell us God doesn’t love us or want the best for us.  

From the beginning of time he has sought to divert the good things that are ours, and he will continue to do so if we allow him.  

In other words, he will stay on our property if we don’t run him off!  

The Truth Makes a Great Weapon

The greatest way to recognize and expose the lies of the enemy is to know God’s Word.  

God’s Word is truth, and when we know the truth, it allows us to catch Satan in lies when he tells us things like:  

“God will never forgive you—you’ve messed up too many times.”  

“You will never amount to anything, so why even try?”  

“Who do you think you are? God doesn’t love you!”  

When Satan comes at us with his lies, that’s when we need to come back at him with God’s Word. Think ad say things like:  

“I am a new creation in Christ. I am loved, accepted, approved and forgiven!” (See 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:4-5; 1 John 1:9.)  

“The Lord has a great plan for my life—plans to give me hope and a future. Good things are on their way!”(See Jeremiah 29:11.)

Remember, in His love for us, God sent Jesus to earth to deliver us from the power and authority of the enemy.  

Jesus is Lord over all...and He has put all things under His feet! Because we are “in Christ” as believers, the only place Satan has in our lives is under our feet!  

Remember, the enemy is no match for Almighty God. So, when he comes at you with his lies, choose to fight back with the Word. Believe what God says about you more than you believe the enemy or even what other say about you.  

As you do, you will walk in the authority that is yours in Christ.