Throughout the New Testament we read about numerous afflictions that the apostle Paul had endured. He was thrown into prison several times, beaten with rods countless times, stoned, shipwrecked, falsely accused, attacked by the religious leaders, soothsayers and false prophets. Nevertheless, he was used mightily in miracles, signs and wonders. He never doubted the authority that was given to him during an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus when his name was changed from Saul to Paul. Jesus has given this same authority to us as Christians.
The Lord says, I have given you authority in My name and dominion over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall harm you. Just as Paul shook off the viper as it attached itself to him to try to kill him, I have also given you the authority to shake off that which comes against you to steal, kill and destroy. The enemies attack will not destroy you. His venom will not kill you. The curse causeless shall not come as you rise up in My authority. The authority that I have released to you can not be understood with your natural mind. The dominion that I have given to you could not be received with your intellect. Take authority over everything that is coming against your life. Take authority over everything that is attacking your families and ministries. Take authority over everything that is coming against your destiny. Take authority over unrighteousness in your cities, states and nations.
I have placed a rod in your hand and a sword in your mouth which is My word. I have given you dominion and power over every situation that you encounter. You have the authority to decree and declare a thing and it shall be established for you. As you speak My word, situations in your life will begin to shift. As you use My authority, mountains will move. I have given you authority over all sickness and disease. As you lay hands on the sick, they shall recover. Whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. Whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. I have given you the power to overcome every obstacle that comes against you and to tear down strongholds using the mighty weapons that I have provided for you. As you use the authority, dominion and power that I have released to you, you will begin to rule and reign on this earth and My glory will prevail in your life says the Lord.
“When He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease” Matthew 10:1.
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” Matthew 16:19.
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” Luke 10:19.
“But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm” Acts 28:5.