Text: Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
Memory verse:
”For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.“
‭‭Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Only an illegal king, who ascended to the throne through the back door, will bother whether his order will be obeyed or not. A true king has no doubt about his authority and the compliance to it.
Likewise, authority is exercised through faith. You must never entertain any doubt whether satan, situations and circumstances will submit to you. Never base your authority on feelings or manifestations. Know that you have authority and that you are seated with Christ in the highest place of authority, far above principalities and powers. Remember that satan has been defeated and stripped of his authority. Don’t go back to unbelief because you didn’t hear any screaming of the devil or any form of manifestation. Look at God’s authority when He speaks. ”… It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.“ (Isa 55‬:‭11). This is the authority which you represent.
In our text today, Jesus didn’t bother to wait for any manifestation when He spoke to the fig tree. He never considered whether what He said will happen to the tree or not. He had no doubt whatsoever about His authority and the effect of His declaration. Even while they were returning, He didn’t think of checking if the tree had dried up or not, rather, it was His disciple that paid attention to it and called His attention to it. Jesus used the experience to teach the lesson of faith. ”So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.“ ‭‭(Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭22‬).
Don’t doubt your authority because the circumstances didn’t change immediately. Don’t get discouraged, or slip back. Don’t speak unbelief and thus permit the devil to manipulate your word to defeat you. Rather, stand firm in your declarations.
In fact, in my experience in deliverance, I have discovered that a manifestation doesn’t indicate that the devil has left. The devil is deceptive. Thus, to be moved by what you see is to walk in the flesh (2 Cor 5:7). Rather, build your faith on what God says.
Friends, your authority can’t be effective without faith. Build your faith today, exercise your authority in faith and your word will never fall to the ground. Hallelujah!

Prayer points
1. Father, help me to be committed to building my faith in You and Your word, in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, help me to stand firm in faith and never to slip into unbelief after exercising my authority, in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. As I exercise my authority in faith, the devil, situations and circumstances submit to me.
2. I exercise my authority with the understanding that Jesus has defeated satan for me and I have authority over satan.