Acts 19:13-16: “A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.“
The Evil spirit knew and respected the authority that Paul and Jesus much more than people do to the president. The seven sons of sceva on the other hand were nothing more than a wannabes to the evil spirit and he overpowered them.
How do we develop spiritual authority?
Hebrews 1:8-9: “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.“
A sceptre is a symbol of ownership. If you own righteousness, then you have dominion over a kingdom. It is easy to tell the position of your spiritual authority by looking at the things you have affinity for, and the things you have distaste for. Sons and daughters of God are set apart and stand out from their fellows depending on how much they love righteousness and hate iniquity. It’s that simple.
The physical domain is affected by the spiritual. The more you are inclined toward righteousness, the more you are in control of the physical and that is how you are able to capture cities.