Discover Spiritual Authority – A Disciple-Maker’s Story

When it comes to making disciples, the goal is for each individual to begin their own vibrant, deep walk with Christ. We don’t want to keep people dependent on our spiritual expertise. While Christianity does and must exist in community and family structures, at the end of the day each individual will stand before God alone and give an answer for their life.

Approaching Spiritual Warfare

Recently, one of our disciple-makers had the opportunity to pray for a family that had been experiencing spiritual warfare. While it would have been tempting to take the apparent opportunity, especially because she had been praying for a way to reach the man for years, she recognized that the real victory would be the man coming to Christ himself.

This underscores a huge principle in spiritual warfare. While the demonic realm is certainly real, true power comes not from binding demons but from knowing Christ. He has all authority on earth and in Heaven, and when we become His, we know how to interact with the spiritual realm without giving the enemy too much credit or attention. Our lives belong to God, and relationship with Him is the very call and chief end of our lives. This is well illustrated in our disciple-maker’s story, shared below. 

Hearing Strange Voices

“Recently I was at a neighborhood party. There was a family there that we had become close friends with. I’ve discipled the mother and both she and her daughter have decided to follow Jesus, but her husband has been resistant to going on the journey with them. She came to me during the party and asked if I ever pray over homes to cleanse them of evil spirits. Then she shared with me about a scary struggle that they were facing as a family. She and her husband and their children had all been hearing strange voices around the home, and she even saw a spirit in the form of a woman following her husband around the house. They had become convinced that these were evil spirits that were haunting their home. They didn’t know what to do and they were all very frightened. 

While we were talking, the woman’s husband joined the conversation. Instead of being angry with her for sharing with me, he confessed to me that he desperately wanted his family to be free from this torment. He didn’t know how to make the voices stop and how to feel at peace again in his own home. He too then asked if I would come over to pray a blessing over their home and cleanse it from evil spirits.

Gaining Spiritual Authority

For several years, my disciple-making community and extended local and global prayer networks had been praying for my friend’s husband to open up to God, so I was tempted to say yes, but I didn’t want to give him easy answers. Instead, I told him, “My husband and I could come to your house and pray over your house like you want us to. However, I have an even better solution for you. I recommend that you and your wife and your children all go on a spiritual journey together to gain spiritual authority over your home. If your whole family begins following God together, it will be much more powerful than if I just come over one time and pray over your house.’

Finding Peace

My friend’s husband had not been open to the discovery process previously, but this was a desperate moment for him. He was so scared that he asked me, ‘Can we start tomorrow?’ The following day, my husband and I went over and helped him lead his wife and children in a Bible study. We started in Genesis 1, then we sat back and watched as this husband led his family in discussion.

When we checked back in with him two weeks later, we found that they had kept on reading the stories, studying God’s Word together as a family, and putting it into practice. The husband told us, ‘Since we began doing this together as a family, we haven’t experienced any more spirits in our home. We haven’t heard any more voices. We have so much peace and we aren’t afraid anymore.’”

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”