This is just a brief little post. I've preached this sermon before, but it's a great reminder to read it again.
Identify enemy, we only have 1 enemy really. And that is Satan. He is man's greatest tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of false religions, the chief power behind the apostasy, the lord of the Antichrist, and the author of all darkness - and most importantly destined to be a final defeat by Jesus Christ with judgement in hell.
Identify Authority, as a follower and believer of Jesus Christ, we can take our rightful place and stand for righteousness and enforce God's commandments while come against the forces of evil and the enemies of the Cross. Jesus Christ gave us power to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall harm us. Our power and authority come from Jesus Christ, by His finished work on the Cross. As we are in covenant relationship with God, through His Son Jesus Christ, we have all the authority and promises from Genesis to Revelation.
Walk in Authority, if indeed you are born again, and baptized in water and in the Spirit, you have been delivered from the power of darkeness, and you are a representative for Jesus Christ. Jesus succeeded in securing our freedom, so that we can have an abundant life. No weapon formed against us shall prosper, and we in turn are to use that power and authority to bring reconciliation to others.
We must know and understand this power we have been given. Our words are to be words of faith and God expects us to know our authority, speak with our authority, and walk in our authority. It is not enough for us to simply accept the wonderful work Jesus did at Calvary. We are held responsible for much more.