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Taking Back Our Authority

A coaching client recently had a profound release of trauma by learning about and standing in her authority in Christ. This precious and unique soul has autism and epilepsy and throughout her school-age years, her teachers and the education system as a whole taught her that her differences equated to being defective, less-than, unworthy. Unfortunately, these messages were reinforced at home. Through the way she was treated over the years, powerful – and untrue – messages became ingrained in her heart and mind that deeply affected her entire concept of herself:
I am a burden
I am an inconvenience to others
I make others uncomfortable
I need to change, try harder, and stifle my needs so I won’t offend or disgust anyone.

As is common, these identity lies are not known to the conscious mind, but gurgle beneath the surface and lead us to make inner vows that then drive our behavior. For example, this dear one decided that she could not trust her inner queues as guides to her own needs or wants, but would look to others to determine how she should be, what she should think, feel, and do.

She had given her authority away to other people and systems.

There are seasons of our lives when other people do have legitimate authority roles in our lives, such as parents, teachers, a pastor, boss, coach, etc. Their choices and actions towards us can be very influential within our hearts, minds, bodies and souls. It is important for all of to know this (especially if you are a parent, teacher, pastor, boss or coach).

As with so many aspects of life, what God intended for good, the enemy intends for evil. The authority God gave to our parents and others mentioned above was and is meant to be wielded for our protection, security and healthy maturation – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Far too often, this is not the case!

When we face adverse situations in childhood, the child’s most common reaction is to agree with the authority figure. In the case of the client mentioned above, authority figures’ behavior taught her that she needed to do things their way, suppressing her God-given natural needs, and she agreed. Unknowingly, of course, but she gave her agreement nonetheless. And this is how the enemy of our souls takes ground in our lives.

Whenever we align our beliefs and/or behavior to something that is not God’s truth or His will for us, we effectively align ourselves with Satan. As C.S. Lewis famously said, “There is no neutral ground in all the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”
Aside: I invite you to take that quote to prayer and ask the Lord to reveal the places in your life, heart and mind that rightfully belong to God, but have been counterclaimed by Satan.

Breaking Agreement

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” – Luke 10:19

The truth is, only you and Jesus Christ have rightful authority over your Person. In the context of deliverance, this means that the moment we realize we’ve consented to a thought or belief or behavior that is not of God, we are empowered in Christ to revoke our consent and take back our authority.

Continuing with the example above, for the client I mentioned this might sound like, “In the Name of Jesus, I renounce the lie that I am a burden. In the Name of Jesus, I renounce the lie that there is something wrong with me. Lord Jesus, I declare the truth that I am deeply loved, just as I am. Lord Jesus, I declare the truth that I am good, whole, and worthy of love.”

To renounce means to say, “I am done with” or “I no longer agree with” that lie or distortion. And then we declare the truth, claiming it for ourselves. To speak God’s truth over ourselves, such as, “I declare the truth that I am deeply loved, just as I am,” is to realign ourselves with God’s Will and His authority over our lives. We are encouraged to do this even if we are not sure we fully believe what we are saying! Maybe I still doubt that God could deeply love me just as I am. But His Word tells me it is so (ref Psalm 139:1-18, Rom 5:8, John 3:16, Jer 31:3, Is 43:1 (to name just a few)). Choosing to believe God’s Word, rather than my beliefs or feelings about myself, is a powerful act of the will. This is being willful in a good way!

I encourage you to read the article linked below, by Kathleen Beckman. In it, Kathleen provides information and explanation to help us stand in our power in Christ and in the protection from evil found within His Church. https://www.kathleenbeckman.com/the-spiritual-battle-victors-not-victims

For a more in-depth treatment of these important topics, we highly recommend Kathleen’s book, A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare, available at Sophia Institute Press (and of course amazon).

I also wanted to share with you the recording of a workshop we gave titled, Freedom in Christ (linked below). I pray it will bless you. We offer workshops like this each month for the members of our women’s community, Hope’s Garden, and our men’s community, Men of Hope. Learn more about our communities at the links below.
Workshop: Freedom in Christ
Hope’s Garden Women’s Community
Men of Hope Men’s Community

I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:9-10

Copyright 2024, De Yarrison

Wife, Mother of 3 (ages 20, 18, 7). Lover of Jesus, my Catholic faith, worship music, dark coffee, and being outdoors.

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