The Power of The Believers Authority
Know Your Authority
Let me start this hub on the Power of Authority with an illustration. Picture in your mind a policeman putting out his hand to stop traffic because of a situation that has happened. The policeman is no match for the 2,000 pound automobile headed his way. The vehicle could easily run over the man and keep going. The driver of the vehicle knows that the policeman represents the law. He has been sworn in as a civil servant and protector of the public at large in his jurisdiction. He has the badge giving him the authority to get help to control the situation. Now, let’s say he sees a crime being committed and calls up the mayor at 3 am and asks him what to do? How long do you think he would keep his job? What if he calls his police chief and asks him what to do? He has been provided top of the line police academy training to handle any given situation and he does not use the authority delegated to him. He has the authority to secure the situation and arrest the perpetrator committing the crime and he does not exercise that authority. What would his superiors do? I tell you that he would either be fired or sent back for more training.
When an individual is caught for doing something wrong, the police officer has the authority to let them go or arrest them. This power or authority was given to him by his Police Chief in the Head Office of the Police Department. Who gave the Police Chief the power? It is the President and the constitution of the United States that gave the Police Chief the power to arrest, issue a ticket or give a warning to the law breaker.
Let’s now look at the manager who has just hired and spent weeks training an employee. The employee has the delegated authority to do the job he has been hired to do. Let’s say the position calls for him to make some tough decisions. He has been specifically trained to make those decisions which could affect the future of the company. Instead of making those decisions, he calls up his supervisor and asks him what to do. He might get by with this a few times but soon his supervisor is going to start wondering if he hired the right person for the job and start making plans to fill that position with someone who will use the authority that has been delegated to the position. A manager has delegated authority as long as he holds the management position. If a manager resigns, he has no more authority. A policeman with uniform has authority as long as he is employed by the city government. When he is no longer employed as a policeman, he has no more authority.
Now, let me bring this valuable illustration down to unlocking the lock that is on the door of your home. You have the keys to fit the lock to the door allowing access into your home. The keys represent that you have the power to go in and out of my home at my leisure. The key unlocks the door and allows entrance into the home. Your wife may be asleep in another room but because you have the key to the door, you can enter the home without waking her up to let me in. The keys represent authority. The keys are proof that you have the authority to go in and out of the home because you have the authority to do so. The keys can also be used to keep unwanted guests out by locking the door.
Dear reader, Jesus is the doorway to God and Jesus had already defeated Satan. God’s church shares the same authority of Jesus. Colo. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come.22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
We discover in the verses above that Jesus is the head of the body which is the church. We as the church of Jesus Christ are under the authority of Jesus. Because we have surrendered our life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, we are no longer under the authority or rule of Satan. Because we live a surrendered life, we are not under the control of superstitions, curses, or charms.
Satan is the god of this world but we are no longer under his authority or control. We find in verse 21 of Ephesians that all things are speaking of the various orders of angels, demons and powers. In verse 22, we can see clearly that he is not speaking of church affiliation.
Christ is the risen Head of the church, and its members are subject to him. In the name of Jesus, we can break Satan’s hold over us because we are under a new authority. We are under new management and leadership. We are under the Government and Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus has already defeated Satan.
Jesus has been delegated all authority over Satan and the kingdom of darkness. We as the church share the same delegated authority that Jesus has. We are the body of Christ and we follow the head. Ephesians 1st Chapter says that God hath given him (Jesus) to be the head over all things to the church which is his body. The body cannot go in one direction, and the head in another direction. God’s church is not defeated or powerless. There might be some unbelievers gathered in a local church body that are not members of the body of Christ but when Christ is speaking of his body on earth, he is referring to those born again believers that have accepted him as Lord and Savior. Paul in this setting is not talking about the local church or a denomination that we see today.
Remember; the key to have and exercise spiritual authority in our lives is not head knowledge but heart knowledge in understanding and knowing the word of God and the Authority of Christ
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