Authority - Danielle Hellyer

16th September 2020

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” 

Luke 10:19 (NIV)

Last week when I was on playground duty at school, I noticed a student holding a big thick branch that had fallen from a tree.  He was waving it around and was very close to hitting other students who were playing with him.  Straight away, I started walking towards him.  The student noticed me coming and very quickly put the stick down. Because of the authority that I hold as a teacher, the student knew to put the stick down before I said anything. As Christians, we have access to the greatest authority known to mankind – the authority of Jesus. Recently I saw this scripture be taken totally out of context.  A lady I know of in Melbourne was venting on social media about the restrictions that are still in place in Victoria.  She was telling everyone that she doesn’t care what the government tells her to do (in regards to lockdown, masks, curfews, social distancing, etc.) because she’s a disciple and God told her that she can tread on scorpions and snakes and not be harmed.  She’s not worried about COVID because God will protect her from it. God has absolutely given us His authority, but he has also given us the freedom to make wise decisions.  If I saw a snake in my backyard (I pray with all the authority that I have that it never happens!) I would definitely not approach it and step on it. Jesus holds all authority over the darkness.  He makes sickness leave, the dead rise, chains break and storms to cease.  He sees diseases healed, food multiplied and the broken restored.  He turns the fatherless into sons, the hopeless into destiny and the restless into peace. We have access to this authority.  We do not need to live a life surrounded by or absorbed in darkness.  God has given us the authority to break through so that we can live our lives in light. Whatever it is you’re struggling with today, remember that you carry the same authority that Jesus had when He commanded the waves to be still. Reach out to someone and believe that a breakthrough is coming, because it is!

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