Use Your Power and Authority Over Sickness, Disease and Infirmity

  • Luke 9:1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.
  • Matthew 10:1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
  • Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
  • Luke 10:17-19 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

(See topics Healings in the New Testament and Casting out Demons – as they refer to setting people free from sickness, disease and infirmity through deliverance.)

Jesus has given us power and authority and has commanded us to use it. This power and authority is to be used against the spiritual forces that come against us in our lives, as the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10).

The Word says that we have power and authority to cast out demons and to cure every sickness and disease. We should therefore exercise that power and authority against the enemy’s attacks in the form of sickness, disease, or infirmity, not just for ourselves but for others. Jesus showed us many examples of taking authority over sickness, including rebuking the fever of Peter’s mother-in-law. Luke 4:39: “So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her”. The Book of Acts shows the disciples taking authority in the Name of Jesus and many were delivered from their infirmities and from demonic oppressions (Acts 3:6-8, 9:34, 9:40-41, 16:18). Laying hands on the sick is identified in Hebrews 6:1-2 as an elementary teaching about Christ. Jesus’ instructions found in Mark 16:17-18 state: “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons… they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” We are vessels for Jesus: His hands, His feet, and His mouthpiece. He is the Healer.

Jesus healed those who needed healing. Not only did He heal, He sent His disciples to heal; first the twelve, then the seventy-two, and then all believers (Mark 16:17-18). The Name of Jesus is the power behind the command. Mark 16:20 says: “the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it”.

How to exercise your power and authority when it comes to healing:
  1. Know the Word where healing is concerned, know who you are in Christ and know your rights and privileges as a child of God. Review scriptures related to healing as well as your power and authority. Meditate on them. Understand that you have authority over the enemy and his evil forces as a born-again believer (Matthew 10:1, 8; Luke 9:1, 10:19; Mark 16:17-18).
  2. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus identified this empowerment as essential for His disciples and told them not to leave Jerusalem until they had received it (Acts 1:5, 8). If you have not received the baptism with the Holy Spirit, seek it, as it will empower you for ministry. (See topic Holy Spirit Baptism.)
  3. Live a life surrendered and submitted to God. You are called to be like Jesus. His surrendered life and reverence for our Father allowed Him to do miracles, signs and wonders.
  4. Take heed of Jesus’ instructions to heal the sick but be prepared as you are entering enemy territory (Matthew 10:8, Mark 16:18, Luke 10:17-19). Exercise your authority in your own life and know how it works and you’ll be more comfortable ministering healing to others. Take authority over symptoms that the enemy puts on you. Command them to go in the Name of Jesus. Claim healing scriptures over yourself or someone else. Stop all flaming arrows before they reach you (Ephesians 6:16). Note that using your power and authority is like riding a bike. You might wobble at first as you learn how to do it but the more you know who you are in Christ and start using the Name of Jesus against the enemy, the better you will be at using your power and authority.
  5. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as you minister to others, as the root of their sickness or disease may be in unforgiveness, anger, etc. The Holy Spirit can give you a word of knowledge to direct you as you minister.

Call to action:
If you feel symptoms come, or if sickness, disease or infirmity knocks at your door, claim your rights and privileges as a child of God and command sickness to go in the Name of Jesus. Declare healing to your specific body part. Once you learn to exercise your power and authority over your body, you’ll be able to do the same to see others set free and healed.

When the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, use the spiritual weapons that were given to you – the Word, the power and authority delegated to you, the Name of Jesus, etc. and use them to defeat the enemy.