Jesus Christ has not only authority, but also power. He is the Lord of lords, and the King of kings. He holds all power and all authority, and there is nothing that can stand against him!

Luke 4:35-36
35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!”
Jesus understood his power and his place. This allowed him to walk confidently through confrontation and opposition. He spoke to the demon not only with ‘authority’, but also with ‘power’. The forces of darkness were unable to resist, and had no option but to do as he commanded–without even harming the demon-possessed man as the unclean spirit came out. 
Authority AND power – what a combination! I’ve met many people who were in places of authority, but lacked the power to accomplish anything meaningful…Managers, committee members, figurehead leaders…those who wear the right name tag, but lack the means to truly fulfill the thing for which they are responsible.
I’ve also met those who hold power, but lack authority–those who have resource, influence, strength, and control…but lack the position from which to openly and confidently turn a situation around or change the outcome. Jesus Christ has both. He is the Lord of lords, and the King of kings. He holds all power, and there is nothing that can stand against him!
The amazing thing is that he has adopted me to be a co-heir with him, walking in that same power and authority! There is no power of darkness that can stand against Christ’s power in me–not because of my own merit or strength, but because of His power within me.
This week, I need to pray for wisdom, discernment, humility, and also boldness to walk confidently in the authority and power of Christ. I need to speak up in the face of spiritual opposition, knowing that Christ in me has authority over every power of the enemy. I need to be bold to walk in the power of God, knowing that His power is greater than anything I could face.
God, thank you for this reminder of your authority and power! Thank you for being you–in authority over all things, and stronger than anything that would oppose you!  Thank you for living in my heart, and for the amazing privilege of walking in your power and authority on earth–as your son, and a co-heir with Christ.
Give me wisdom to fulfill your purposes, confidence to use the authority and power you have entrusted to me, and humility to point others to you in all that I do. 

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