"Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not."
The Lord Jesus used the illustration above to explain something profound about authority. He instructed the disciples to do whatever the Scribes and Pharisees told them to do, because they (the Scribes and Pharisees) represented Moses. However, He was quick to admonish the disciples not to act like them.
As a Christian, you sit on Jesus’ seat. Your authority over devils and the powers of darkness isn’t based on your ability; it’s the authority of Christ. All of nature and creation, including Satan and his cohorts, have been commanded to hear and obey you, just as they were commanded to hear and obey Jesus (Matthew 17:5). Therefore, whatever you tell them to do, they must do! This is a spiritual principle, and Satan and his demons understand it; cast them out, and they’ll be gone.
Even if Satan tries to oppose you and says, “You can’t cast me out, because you don’t have enough power, and haven’t prayed enough,” your response should be, “I sit on Jesus’ seat! Therefore, I order you to come out!”
You have to understand who Satan is; he’s the opposer and accuser: “…for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10). In Zechariah 3, he accused Joshua in the presence of God: “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan…” (Zechariah 3:1-2). The Lord didn’t say to Joshua, “You see now. If you were doing the right thing, Satan won’t be here to resist you.” Rather, He
turned to Satan and said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
In Christ, you’re irreproachable. Christ reconciled you in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless in the sight of God. Satan may accuse you all he wants, and fuss about your inability to cast him out, it makes no difference! You sit on Jesus’ seat: You’re seated together with Him in the heavenly realm—at the right hand of
God Almighty—the place of dominion, power, and authority!
PRAYER & DECLARATION
I’m seated together with Christ in the place of power; far above all principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. I live in dominion over sin, sickness and infirmities, and every opposing force, accusation or hindrance, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.