Jesus Christ has authority over unclean spirits and the power to compel them to leave. As followers of Christ, we have authority over sicknesses and demonic activities, as well as the power of God to instruct them where to go and they must obey. As Christians, we don’t have to be concerned about satan or upset by his tricks, such as failures, disappointment, setbacks, affliction and diseases. Instead, we must boldly challenge him because we have the power of Jesus Christ’s name at our command. The name Jesus Christ has power but only among those who would allow God’s Word to dwell in and dominate them. If there is an indwelling Word, Christ will come to the scene when you call His name, since the Word dominating you is the Christ you are calling to the scene – to cure, deliver, bless and rescue. It is the Word that has taught us the worth, authority and legal right to use the name, Jesus Christ.
When our spirit acts on the Word, the Spirit will be released in accordance to how much we hear God’s Word with our hearts. Genuine Christians are always instructed by the Holy Spirit. As a result, in each case, they receive precise information or suggestion from the Holy Spirit that the action should be carried out. Such was the case with Apostle Paul in Acts 16:16-18. The evil spirit departed the slave girl immediately after Apostle Paul had a specific instruction from the Spirit of God to command the unclean spirit out of her. This implies that unless we receive specific instructions or suggestions from the Spirit of God to call the name, Jesus Christ, and we call the name, our words will be useless, meaningless and oftentimes destructive. In Acts 19:14-16, this was what happened to the seven sons of Sceva.
Authority assures us that Jesus Christ is the Healer, Deliverer and Saviour of the world but power makes healing, deliverance and salvation a reality. As a result, it is very necessary to speak the name of Jesus Christ with authority and power.
If you know that you require Christ’s intervention in your life, say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, remove whatever barrier between me and Your Word, in Jesus' name."