Use Your “Exousia” And “Dunamis”!


Exousia”, as used in the Bible, is a Greek word most often translated as authority.” It is especially used in terms of moral influence. Exousia” can also be thought of in terms of jurisdiction or dominion over a certain realm, right, privilege, or ability.

Matthew 28:18 (NIV) says Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”

Luke 10:19 (NIV) says I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

John 1:12 (NIV) says Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”

Romans 13:1 (NIV) says “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Colossians 2:15 (NIV) says And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

Revelation 1:18 (NIV) says I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”


Dunamis”, as used in the Bible, is a Greek word used 120 times in the New Testament. Loosely, “Dunamis” refers to “strength, power, or ability.” It is the root word of our English words dynamite, dynamo and dynamic.

Luke 5:17 (NIV) says One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.”

Acts 1:8 (NIV) says But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

John 19:10 (NIV) says “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. ‘Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?’”

1 Corinthians 15:24 (NIV) says Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.”

2 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV) says For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.”

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV) says Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”


* Am I allowing the Lord to work His power in me?
* Am I obstructing His working through me to others?
* What am I doing to clog up the works?

If we have this dynamite power in us, is it efficiently working? If our pipes, so to speak, are clogged with sin of whatever kind, it acts as sludge to contaminate His presence, and His power will not flow. We must be cleansed and filled with God’s holiness for His miracle-working power to be operative in us.


* What works go undone?
* What wounds of others go unattended?
* What heartaches of others go uncomforted?
* What needs of others go unmet because I do not listen to the Lord’s leading or I harbor some sin, thereby, not allowing Him to work efficiently through me?

Luke 9:1 (NIV) says “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.”

When Jesus sent out the disciples, He gave them “power and authority” over demons, to preach the kingdom, and to heal the sick. The Greek word used here for power is, again, dunamis. Exousia is the word used for authority and also means privilege, force, mastery, token of control, delegated influence, jurisdiction, and so on.

That same power and delegated influence has been given to us, if Christ lives in us. Isn’t that an awesome thought? If we are “a dwelling place of God in the Spirit,” then His living power and energy resides within us, working as we agree with Him to accomplish His works.

Ephesians 2:22 (NIV) says And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

Oh, if only we could begin to grasp the magnitude of His dynamite power and allowed Him full reign in our hearts, how much immeasurably more could we do for the Lord?

Lord, I am Yours to command. Cleanse me of all that would hinder the flow of Your love, Your Spirit, and Your dynamite-power. Work Your will in me that I may bring glory to Your Name and be a reflection of Your mighty power, love, and grace to others. Amen!”
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