Jeep and Yvonne Doherty(ordained ministers)                                         


                                            Our Authority Is The Key

There are a number of keys to seeing the miraculous power of God manifest on a consistent basis. One of the least understood, and therefore seldom practiced, is the fact that healing is under the authority of the believer. God has already provided His healing power and placed it on the inside of every born-again believer. It is up to us to release it. Understanding and using our authority is the key to seeing miracles happen.

Look at how Peter and John ministered healing to the lame man in Acts 3:1-8:
"Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God."

Notice that Peter didn’t pray for this man. He also didn’t ask God to heal him. He said, “Such as I have give I thee.” This didn’t mean that Peter was the source of this healing. Notice what Peter said in

Acts 3:12,
"And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?"

It was God’s power that healed this man, but that power was under Peter’s authority. Peter went on to say in verse 16 that it was faith in the name of Jesus that had wrought this miracle. But Peter didn’t ask God to heal this man. He believed the Lord had already done His part and had placed that power within him. Now it was Peter’s responsibility to release that power, and that’s just what he did.
The Lord never told us to pray for the sick in the sense that we ask Him to heal them. He told us to heal the sick. There is a BIG difference between the two. It has to do with operating in the authority He has already given us. Look at these commands the Lord gave His disciples.

(Luke 9:1-2)"(Matt. 10:1)

"Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."

"And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." (Matt. 10:7-8)

Jesus told us to heal the sick not pray for the sick. What a radical statement! This will get you kicked out of most churches today, but these are the exact words of our Lord Jesus Christ. And this is precisely why more people don’t see the miraculous results they’re praying for. They aren’t taking their authority and commanding God’s power; they’re passively asking God to do what He told them to do.
I know this goes contrary to popular Christian doctrine. We’re constantly told that it’s not us but God who is the Healer, and I agree with that totally. But, I also believe that God has placed His healing power under our authority, and it is up to us to release it. If we don’t take our authority and become commanders instead of beggars, God’s power will not be released. There needs to be a radical renewing of our thinking on this issue.

"Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me."

What a powerful scripture! What does the Lord mean when He tells us to command Him? Well, He certainly doesn’t mean we are mightier and more powerful than Him and can order Him around. He means, concerning the things He has already done, He wants us to take our authority and command His power.

It’s like electricity. The power company generates the power and delivers it to your house. It’s not your power, but it’s under your control. You don’t call the power company and ask them to turn the lights on. No! They won’t do that. They generate the power, but it’s under your command. You simply flip the switch on the wall and command the power to work. Does this mean you are the power source? Certainly not! You can put a light bulb in your mouth, and it will never come on. You aren’t the power source, but you are the one in control of what that power does. You can plead with the power company all you want, but they won’t flip the switch for you. You have to assume your authority and acknowledge the power is under your command.

   That’s what the Lord was speaking of. He has already healed everyone who will ever be healed. He did it two thousand years ago when He bore our stripes on His back. Then He deposited His resurrection power inside every believer (Eph. 1:18,19,20). He’s done His part, and now it is up to us to do ours. We need to take the authority He has given us and become commanders instead of beggars. This is a powerful
Let me read
Eph 1:18  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened so that you may know what is the hope which His call to you inspires, what the wealth of the glory of His inheritance in God's people,
Eph 1:19  and what the transcendent greatness of His power in us believers as seen in the working of His infinite might
Eph 1:20  when He displayed it in Christ by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His own right hand in the heavenly realms,
Eph 1:21  high above all other government and authority and power and dominion, and every title of sovereignty used either in this Age or in the Age to come.

This is a powerful truth that works, and it’s the reason we see so many miraculous healings. We aren’t just praying for the sick; we are healing them in Jesus’ name.

Jesus has given this authority to us, His followers.
Luke 9:1, 2 says, Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Mark 13:34 tells us, for the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Mark 16:15, 17, 18.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. ... And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:15, 17, 18    

Clearly, Jesus has promised His authority to those who are His own. The problem is that we do not believe it, and therefore do not exercise it effectively.

Many Christians refuse to believe that Christ's authority belongs to the Church today--although there is no Scripture that in any way hints that His authority would not be available to the Church through all ages. Many are content to get goose bumps by reading about the miracles that take place in third world countries when the authority of Jesus is put to use there. Some of us may go so far as to dare to command a sickness or a devil to be gone from someone we are praying for, but we are fairly complacent when nothing happens. It is what we were expecting anyway, isn't it? What we are forgetting is that the devil is not a law-abiding citizen. He is the lawless one.
What happens when the police officer attempts to use his authority, and finds himself resisted? Does he shrug his shoulders and say, "Well, I guess that didn't work!" No, he turns up the heat of his authority. He pursues and subdues the law-resister. Sometimes there is a stiff fight--but the lawful authority wins in the end!
So it is with our authority as believers. We need to understand that the infinitely powerful government of heaven backs us up. Jesus Himself is the one who has given us authority in His Name. Sometimes--in fact, most of the time--there is going to be a stiff fight. We need to pursue, press in, and insist on being obeyed. desired answer.

Remember whose authority it is in which we operate. We have no authority to come against the powers of darkness in our own strength. We come against them in the Name of Jesus. It is His authority, not ours.
Attempting to execute authority for anything other than His plans, His will, His desires is presumption. It will most certainly fail .
If something is important to you, you will go after it. The things God has promised us in His Word should be vitally important to us--enough so that we are prepared to take hold and struggle for them at any cost until we obtain them.
Anything worth having is worth fighting for.

True Spiritual Authority

You might be surprised if you just sat back and watched how many false demonstrations of authority are being performed in the world today. I say “performed” because “performance” is often the form these activities take. Sometimes it’s the person performing—getting themselves and their audience all worked up so that the atmosphere seems somehow more mystical that it needs to be. Other times, we find demons performing—producing unnecessary manifestations of their grip on a person.

I’ve seen these things happen often, and to be frank, they’re just plain un-Christ-like. When Jesus cast out demons, He most typically did it with a single word—not shouting, jumping, spinning, punching, holy water, crucifixes, or anything else. Just a word. He rarely permitted the demons to speak, and if they did, He gave them no room to exercise anymore power over the person they were tormenting.

Jesus had authority. He didn’t need to get all riled up. He didn’t need to hypnotize the crowd. He simply said “Go,” or “Come out of him.” His methods were confident and focused. Jesus drew all His authority from His Father—not from manipulation of others’

We are to be partners with Christ in His death—putting our old selves to death and ceasing to live for ourselves and the things of this world. Then we are to be partners with Him in His resurrection—receiving new life from the Holy Spirit as He reveals to us our true identities in Christ. And finally, we are to be partners with Him in His ascension to the right hand of the Father in Heaven by entering into a relationship of intimacy with God. That’s where we have authority.

Unity with Christ

Partnership with Christ in His death and resurrection are necessary steps in the Christian life, but we cannot stop there.

I know so many Christians who are “stuck” at the cross. They keep seeing things in their lives that need to be put to death, and they ask forgiveness and make up their mind to live differently; then they fall right back into it. This cycle continues endlessly to the point of getting downright ridiculous. They are stuck at the cross. I also know of Christians who have figured out that death is not enough, and so they ask the Holy Spirit to give them new life. These folks are new creations—“born again” by God’s Spirit into the Kingdom of God. They have “resurrection life” and people can see the change in them. They’re what the world would deem “good people” who love God. These folks are often very active in their churches, . But they are stuck at the resurrection.

As much as these two phases of Christianity are good and necessary, and as much as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are active in our lives at each stage, the fact remains that people in these positions do not have unity with Christ.

Jesus is no longer dying on the cross. To be in this first stage is to be revealing Jesus “as He was.” And He is no longer walking out of the tomb; that was 2000 years ago as well. Rather, Jesus Christ is RIGHT NOW in Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father. The Bible doesn’t tell us to live like Jesus DID—it tells us to be in unity with Him TODAY!

1 John 4:17b—…as He is, so are we in this world (NKJV).

You heard that right: as Jesus IS, so are we in this world. Not as He was.

As He Is

I want to take a few minutes to really focus in here on the nature of Jesus “as He is” so that we can put things into proper perspective. Read the following verses carefully. Let your heart be drawn into understanding.

Ephesians 1:18-23—I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way (NIV).

Colossians 1:15-18—He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy (NIV).

Hebrews 1:1-4—In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs (NIV).

If we are to say that “As He is, so are we in this world,” then THIS is the Christ with whom we have unity! Not the dying Christ. Not even the raising Christ. We are in unity with the ascended Christ!

When Jesus was on the cross, He didn’t have authority. Instead, He was stripped of all relationship with His Father. Jesus physically became sin, which is separation from God; and the Father turned His face from Him. Then Jesus rose from the dead, and He was totally different. He still did some miraculous things, but he was not yet seated at the right hand of God. Instead, He walked the earth for forty days giving His disciples further direction and admonitions. But then, forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of God, far above all power and authority in heaven or on earth!




So are We!

This is the mind-blowing part: Jesus Christ has invited us to take part in this place of authority and intimacy with the Father! Jesus said in -

Revelation 3:21, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne” (NIV).




Most have a tendency to read this verse and assume that Jesus is talking about the distant future. Most believe that this will be true after we’ve died or after Jesus comes back. In reality, though, it is speaking of RIGHT NOW! We are invited to sit with Christ on His throne right now!

Ephesians 2:6 shows that those who have been partners with Christ in His death and resurrection are also made partners with Him in His ascension! In our transgressions and sins, in which we used to live when we followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace through faith you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus (NIV, emphasis added).




The Results of Christ’s Ascension

In John 14:12, Jesus told His disciples, “Greater works than these you are going to do because I am going to My Father” (NIV). Those of us who have experienced the reality of present-day miracles often quote the first part of that verse. But we have a tendency to ignore the second part. The key word is “because.” Jesus is saying that “The reason you will do greater works than Me is that I am going to ascend into Heaven to be with My Father.” In other words, the “greater works” Jesus promised are directly tied to His ascension into heaven.

Now, the question remains: What is it about Jesus ascending into Heaven that enables us to do greater works than Him?

When Jesus walked the earth, He did not do so as God. Philippians 2 says that when Jesus came to earth, He gave up everything about Himself that could be considered “God.” Everything Jesus did when He walked this earth was done as a regular man in right relationship with His Father in Heaven. But when He ascended into heaven, He became a man who was actually seated at the right hand of His Father—far above all power and authority in all of creation!

Now I have to be careful with this next statement, because it can be taken the wrong way. So please pay careful attention and don’t just go off with the first thing you hear.

When Jesus walked the earth, He was not equal with God the Father. But as we walk the earth, we can be equal with Christ.

Here’s the Scripture to back that up. First, Philippians 2:6-8 says that Jesus did not consider it robbery to be equal with God , but humbled Himself to the very nature of a servant. Jesus let go of His equality with God and did every miraculous work on earth as a human being who truly knew the Father despite His inequality with Him.

This is where we gain the advantage that enables us to do “greater works.” Jesus welcomes us to share in unity with Him AS HE IS! He says that we can sit down with Him on His throne. He says that if we’ve been raised with Him, we are also seated with Him! If we are partners with Christ in His ascension, then we are seated with Him in the heavenly realms. We the Church are His body in the earth. We’re His ambassadors. “As He is, so are we in this world!”

It’s amazing to think about—Jesus Christ is still our Lord, but He has invited us to share in His heavenly position at the right hand of God. And God has given Him the highest place above any other name that can be given.

We’re His equals, but we’re not His equivalents. He has authority by virtue of who He is; and we have authority by virtue of who He is. Everything comes from Christ. Take us out of the picture, and Jesus still has all the authority in the universe. Take Jesus out of the picture, and we have absolutely nothing.

That’s why we’re called Christians. We’re people of Christ. We speak on His behalf. We act on His behalf. We represent Him as though He Himself were walking the earth. We’ve been welcomed into equality with Him.

But Jesus didn’t have equality with God when He walked this earth. According to Paul, He gave that up. That’s why we can do greater works than Him. Unlike Jesus who gave up His equality with the Father in order to walk this earth, we have a divine equal in Heaven! We have a nearness to the Father that has been procured for us by Jesus Himself—and it is a place of unsurpassed power and authority! We have the infinitely powerful backing of God the Father through Jesus Christ!

He gives us the authority to speak on His behalf! When you say, “In Jesus’ name,” you are saying, “This is not my decree, it is Christ’s!”

True Authority in Action

So, if we have equality with Christ through the Holy Spirit, and if Jesus prophesied that we would do greater works than He did on the earth, then we ought to have even more profound demonstrations of divine authority.

When I started acting on this concept and knowing my authority in Christ, I started finding my walk to be easier and easier. .

Embracing Authority

So here’s how this all works. It’s about believing you have authority . It’s feeling like you have authority. It’s about being confident in the authority you have. It’s all about Christ. If you’re in relationship with Him, you have all His authority. If you have no relationship with Him, you have nothing.

Philippians 2:5-11 gives us the “formula” for embracing our authority in Christ. It shows how Jesus received that authority and tells us that we should do the same!

Philippians 2:5-11—Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NIV).

But if our focus is on Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. He welcomes us into His place of authority in the heavenly realms. We will be made partners in His ascension. We will have intimacy with our Father and will be able to speak with the authority of Christ!

True spiritual authority is not the result of our hard work, diligent study, or personal convictions. It is the result of the work of Christ alone. It does not come from our effort or achievement. It is given by invitation only. The ascended life is directly tied to humility:

James 4:10—Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (NIV).





Your Spiritual Authority

What did Jesus go about doing in His earthly ministry? The Bible tells us that Jesus went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Acts 10:38

Now Jesus could have just came down and died for our sins... but no, he also came to demonstrate what He really wanted to happen here on earth by healing, delivering, and carrying out the work of the kingdom. It was the will of God for the sick to be healed, the lame to walk, and the demons cast out! Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (see 1 John 3:8), and the fruit of Satan's labor is sickness, disease, bondage, and all the other things that God never wanted to come upon the human race. God the Father endorsed Jesus by causing these signs and wonders to follow Him:

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

 John 14:10-11

Jesus went about demonstrating the will of the Father here on earth!

There are so many times, things under the surface that are going on which are never addressed. The Bible tells us that God's people (not the world, but the Children of God) are destroyed by lack of knowledge (see Hosea 4:6). Somehow, the church today thinks that if we just launch a few prayers to heaven, that the will of God will be done... completely ignoring the whole idea of how a lack of knowledge can destroy the children of the kingdom!

A solid understanding of spiritual authority is vital to build your faith when casting out demons, healing the sick, and exercising your authority over the powers of darkness.

When we have been given authority to cast out demons, but instead we pray that God brings the demon out instead, we are basically asking God to do something that He gave US the tools to do ourselves! Jesus told US to cast out demons! Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us to ask God to cast out demons!

Mark 13:34, "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch."

How authority works

Authority doesn't beg; authority doesn't ask; authority commands! We are not told to ask God to cast out demons, we are told to do it ourselves! We are not told to beg demons to come out, we are told to CAST them out!

Matthew 8:8-9, 13, "The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it... And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour."

Authority is exercised through our spoken word. The power of life and death are in the spoken word:



Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."

Jesus' own authority

One thing that made it clear that Jesus was the son of God, is because He exercised authority that nobody else had access to in history!

He cast out demons using His authority: Mark 1:27, "And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him."

Mark 1:27,

He cast out demons with His spoken word:

Matthew 8:16, "When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word..."

He healed the sick with His spoken word:

Luke 7:7, "Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed." Also John 5:8, "Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."

Jesus has been given authority over everything: Matthew 28:18, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."

Authority to heal 

Jesus said to, "Heal the sick"!

Matthew 10:8, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." I think it's interesting how Jesus didn't tell us to pray and ask God to heal the sick, He told US to heal the sick!

I have never seen where Jesus prayed, "Father, please heal this person!" Instead, we see that Jesus healed people with His spoken Word! In John 5:8, Jesus told the man to, "...Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."

The early church healed people in this same manner. In Acts 3:6, "...Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."



Notice in Luke 9:1 that He not only gave His disciples authority over all devils, but also to cure diseases: "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases."

Authority is exercised when there is a RIGHT to exercise it. They weren't praying and asking God to heal people, they had the authority to heal, and they were exercising it with a spoken word, just as Jesus did!

I want to clarify that I'm not saying that prayer can't heal people... because it can (James 5:14-15)... I'm just saying that we are taught to heal the sick using the authority that Jesus gave us! I have seen and heard of many healings that took place through prayer, so I'm not saying not to pray, or that prayer doesn't work. I'm simply saying that we have authority over sickness, and therefore we can exercise our authority to bring about healing in another person's life!

I also think it's interesting how Mark 16:17-18 tells us that healing can come through the laying on of hands: "And these signs shall follow them that believe... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." The laying on of hands can encourage the transferring of power from us into the person and heal them, just like the woman who felt power flow from Jesus when she touched the hem of His garment (Mark 5:30)! Jesus said that those who believe will have the Holy Ghost(living waters) flowing out of their innermost being (John 7:38-39), and even Peter's shadow healed people (Acts 5:15)!

"And these signs shall follow them that believe... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." The laying on of hands can encourage the transferring of power from us into the person and heal them, just like the woman who felt power flow from Jesus when she touched the hem of His garment (Mark 5:30)! Jesus said that those who believe

Authority to cast out demons

Notice that we are never told to beg or coax the demons to come out, neither are we told to pray and ask God to remove them, but we ARE told to cast them out! Matthew 10:8, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." And also look at Mark 16:17, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils..."

Luke 9:1, "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils..."

Luke 10:17, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name."

Jesus distributes His authority

Mark 13:34, "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch."

Jesus is given authority: Matthew 28:18, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."



Authority given to Jesus' 12 disciples: Luke 9:1, "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases."

Luke 9:1,

Authority given to Jesus' 70 disciples: Luke 10:17, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name."

Luke 10:17,

Through Jesus' name

Notice that the authority Jesus gives His people is not to be used in their name, but Jesus' name:

Luke 10:17, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name."

Mark 16:17, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils..."

Acts 3:6, "...Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."

To use somebody's authority through their name is quite an honor! It's like being able to go to the bank and draw out a million dollars on behalf of a wealthy businessman!

Authority has been given to "Them who believe"

Jesus gave His disciples authority to carry out His will here on earth, but they weren't the only ones. He also gave ALL believers authority to heal the sick and cast out devils as well! (Mark 16:17-18)

Authority to cast out demons: Mark 16:17, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils..."

Authority to heal the sick: Mark 16:17-18, "And these signs shall follow them that believe...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."



Mark 13:34, "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch."

Authority is accessed through faith

It is also helpful to point out that our spiritual authority is accessed by faith. There is a lot to be learned from the story told in Mark 9:17-29 about how faith allows us to access our authority. When the disciples came across an unusually strong demon that wouldn't budge (verse 18), Jesus made it clear that they lacked faith by calling them faithless (verse 19). He also made it clear that some demons are so strong that a higher than usual level of faith is required to cast them out (verses 28 and 29), and that we can gain that higher level of faith through prayer and fasting (verse 29).


Matthew 17:20, "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."




God is a Healer. It is His nature to heal. He has revealed Himself as "I am the Lord Who Heals" (Exodus 15:26).

It is as natural and easy for God to heal as it is for you to breathe.

When Jesus walked the earth, He perfectly represented the will of God. He spent a large part of His time healing the sick.

ACTS 10:38 NKJ
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had anyone sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.

Fortunately, Jesus has not changed. Although He is not here on earth physically now, He made provision for you to be healed through His Word and His Name

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


Because of the sacrifice of Jesus to redeem you, healing is already yours. He paid the price for you to have it -- now you must receive it by faith.

1 PETER 2:24 NKJ
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.

1. The nature of Jesus’ ministry was not only to bring spiritual healing but also physical healing. Jesus had such deep compassion for people that it led him to heal the sick even if it meant going against the custom and traditions of the day (Lk19v10, Mt14v14).

2. People need to know the Lord in an experiential way and healing is the most convincing demonstration of God’s love for them. It is a tangible way for people to experience God. It is a natural desire for a sick person to be well. Christianity becomes immediately relevant to the life of the sick person when he receives healing from God.



3. The power and authority to heal comes from Jesus. He is the one that commands and imparts this power and authority to the disciples and also to us (Lk9v1-2 & Lk10v1, 8-9).

4. The early church obeyed God’s direction/command to heal the sick. And people believed in God because of the healings and miracles (Ac5v12-16).

5. The early Church preached Jesus BY healing, not Jesus AND healing (Ac4v29, 1Cor4v20).

6. The Church today MUST continue the work (healing and deliverance) of the early Church, as we still have sick people among us and we still see people getting healed!

7. Healing IS the Father’s will. That is why it is a command and mandate given to us. Jesus was intimate with the Father and knows this is His Will. (Jn5v19). And he acted on this, healing the sick wherever he went.




1. Do not allow the physical condition(symptoms) of the person to cause you to be distracted. Faith must be exercised whenever we pray for people. Have the assurance that God has the power and is able to heal! And that God loves that person as much as He loves you. So regardless of the physical condition, never give up on praying (Lk18v5, Mt9v2, Mk2v5).

2. Two models of healing prayer:-

a) Prayer of Petition – Petitioning, asking God that in His grace and mercy, He will touch and heal the person. The prayer of petition is made by ordinary people in ordinary circumstances.

b) Prayer of Command – Jesus commanded us to heal the sick and as we execute the prayer, we take authority and command the sickness to leave the person. The prayer of command is more effective and is made by people who have a higher level of faith.

3. Power of Agreement is important (Matt18v19-20). There is power when we agree in prayer. Where possible, have someone else who will agree in prayer with you for the sick person to be healed. Continue to intercede for the person (intercessory prayer, prayer chains, healing teams).

4. Faith must be IN GOD and Not in FAITH itself or the person praying. Without faith in God, healing cannot take place (Mk11v22-24).

5. There is no single technique in praying for the sick. God wants us to focus on Him and not a technique. Before praying, LISTEN to the sick person, then tune in to God. Ask God for discernment and word of knowledge.

a) It is the Holy Spirit that will enlighten us as to what is truly wrong.

b) The Holy Spirit will reveal at times, through mental images, promptings, unctions etc., what is wrong.

c) He will prompt us what type of prayer to pray.



6. Laying on of hands – It is biblical to lay hands on the sick (Mk16v18). Physical contact is a conduit to pass on the healing power to the person (Lk8v46). But it is not a must. God can still heal without us laying hands on the person (Mt8v6,13).

7. Pray in Jesus name – Jesus himself says that we should ask in His name (Jn14v14, 16v24). Praying in Jesus’ name should not be a formula. We pray in Jesus’ name focusing on the character and nature of God that He is a merciful, gracious, loving and compassionate God and that He is our healer.

8. Be spontaneous in praying for the sick. Be YOURSELF.

a) Do not worry about what to say. It is ok if you get ‘stuck’ when you first start praying for the sick. Do not feel embarrassed. Always remember that it is God who heals and it is not about how well we pray. Always allow the Spirit of God to lead you.

b) Remove any personal inclination towards the person. Empty our mind and focus on the Healer.

c) Be specific in prayer. Focus your prayer specifically on the sickness.

d) Envision and believe that God has started the work of healing. That the person is in the process of recovering.

e) Pray with confidence and conviction that it IS the WILL of God for the person to be healed.

f) Always end your prayer by praising and giving thanks to God!

g) Give the assurance to the sick person that God is ABLE and willing to bring healing.


*This is just a sample prayer and it is not meant to be taken as a standard prayer for healing.

. In Jesus’ name, I come against this sickness (name the sickness, ailment). I rebuke this sickness in Jesus’ name. I command this sickness to leave the body. I break every generation curse over my brother/sister. This curse will not be passed down to him/her (pray this only when necessary). Be healed in Jesus name. In Jesus’ name be healed. Lord we thank You. We praise You. And we give You all the glory! Amen.




1. Tactfully remove spectators – Just as there is power in agreement, the converse is true, that the healing power may not flow if there is no agreement in the spirit. So, if people around you lack faith in believing God for healing to take place for the sick person, tactfully ask them to stand aside or leave the room (Mk5v37-42, Mt13v58).

2. Heredity or Generation Curse – There are times where we need to break the generation curse over the person, eg. Grandmother, mother and she has cancer (Ex20v5).

3. Wrong Attitude – Fear and doubts are open doors for sickness to come upon the body. If this is true of the sick person, we need to pray against the fear so that healing can take place (Job3v25).

4. Unforgiveness – Unforgiving spirit, spirit of anger, resentment, bitterness. These are common roots for sicknesses that needs to be dealt with (Mt6v15).

5. False Perception – Some people perceive that having sickness is to ‘suffer for Jesus’; that they are ‘carrying the cross’. So they take ‘pride’ in being sick. This mindset needs to be changed (3Jn2, Pro4v20-22, Ps107v20).

6. Bodily Neglect :–

a) Physical Law – The older we get, the weaker our physical body becomes, this is a natural physical law.

b) Unhealthy Diet – We are what we eat.

c) Neglect – Not enough physical rest. No exercise.

7. Sin – If we are living in sin, it will hinder healing from taking place.

a) Gossip – God was angry with the children of Israel for the murmuring (gossip) and grumbling.

b) Submission to Authority – When we submit to the God given authority that has been placed over us, the bible tells us that all will go well with us (Eph6v2-3).




1. Lack of Faith – The disciples were unable to set the demon possessed boy free due to a lack of faith (Mt17v20).

2. Lack of Discernment.

3. Doubt and unbelief.

4. Believing that somehow God is involved in this infirmity to teach you a lesson or to make you submit to Him.

5. Paul’s Thorn in the flesh – The immediate and natural response from Paul was to ask God to take away that thorn in the flesh and not accept it. He only stopped praying when he received the revelation from God. Note:- the thorn in the flesh is described as a messenger of Satan and not from God (2Cor12v7-8).

�� Therefore our immediate response towards sickness would be to always pray for healing and not to receive the sickness.

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