The Purpose of Spiritual Authority

by Creflo Dollar | 9 Dec 2015


Spiritual authority is defined as the right to make use of God’s power to enforce spiritual law, which is literally the Word of God. We have a responsibility to walk in this authority, but we must be careful not to let religion trick us into thinking that we are not an integral part of the promises found in the Word. Absolving ourselves from all responsibility actually takes us “out of the equation” by preventing God’s laws, which operate by faith, from materializing in our lives. These spiritual laws are just as real as physical laws—they are consistent and they do not fluctuate.


  1. It is God’s will that we use the authority He gave us, and the Scriptures tell us how.
    1. He wants everyone to repent, and no one to die (2 Peter 3:9).
      1. When we wonder what God’s will is for our lives, we must remember that He is not inconsistent, blessing some but not others. His Word works the same every time.
      2. The real reason good things do not come to pass in our lives is not because they are not His will, but because we do not use the authority He gave us.
    2. We should submit to God and resist the devil (James 4:7, AMP).
      1. Standing firm against him causes him to flee.
      2. When we do not do this, or anything else the Bible tells us to do, we limit God.
    3. The tongue controls the entire body. If we can tame it and learn to control what we say, we can be perfect (James 3:2).
      1. Our speech is one example of how we have been given authority. When problems crop up, we can talk to the situation and take control.
    4. God tells us that we have the authority to command the works of His hands (Isaiah 45:11). 
      1. The works of His hands are all the finished works of Jesus. They include healing, deliverance, prosperity, wholeness, and anything else we want.
      2. When we have faith in this statement, our actions will reflect our belief.
  2. In both the Old and New Testaments, we see examples of God’s power in action.
    1. When God created the earth, He commanded the grass to grow, the herbs to yield seeds, and the fruit trees to yield fruit of their own kind (Genesis 1:11).
      1. He created everything—including us—with the ability to procreate.
    2. Jesus was on His way to heal Jairus’ twelve-year-old daughter when He was met by a woman who had suffered with the issue of bleeding for twelve years. When the woman touched Him, she was immediately healed. Just then, Jairus learned his daughter had died, but Jesus reassured him, continued on to his house, and spoke to the girl. She immediately arose and walked (Mark 5:25-42).
      1. The woman’s strong belief in Jesus’ ability to heal her of bleeding directed her actions. She was desperate for relief.
      2. Her faith, followed up by action, “flipped the switch” to activate God’s healing power.
      3. The fact that Jesus temporarily changed His direction from Jairus’ house to search for the woman indicates that He was not in control of His ministry, but it was being controlled by people’s faith.
      4. The devil worked through the person who told Jairus his daughter was dead, and through the people who laughed at Jesus when He said the girl was not dead. Jesus countered by telling Jairus not to fear, and putting the unbelievers out of the house.  

Scripture References

  • 2 Peter 3:9
  • James 4:7, AMP
  • James 3:2
  • Isaiah 45:11
  • Genesis 1:11
  • Mark 5:25-42