Authority or Control: Part 2
This week has been one of the wildest I have had in a really long time. When life happens, often times it happens and it can be pretty messy. When those messy moments happen, we can feel like a boat afloat in the vast ocean without an anchor to keep us still. Even in those times we must remember we are secure. We are not stranded in nothingness. We have a good Father who loves us and holds us close. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). But in the midst of the most difficult and heartbreaking moments, it doesn’t feel like it.
So, what do we do? How do we find Him in the midst of darkness? Even in the midst, we must remember the authority we have in Christ. Never heard of it? Yeah, I hadn’t either for most of my Christian walk. Last week, I spoke about submitting to authority. This week I want to address the authority that we also have through Jesus Christ. When we are faced with circumstances, our first thought is usually worry, fear, or frustration. But that isn’t the response we should have. Not at all! Jesus told His disciples, “…if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). In other words, we DON’T have to worry. We DON’T have to be fearful of the things to come. Mad at your situation? Speak to it in Jesus’ name (Philippians 2:9). Are you sick? Speak healing over yourself (1 Peter 2:24).
Even in using the authority Christ died to give us there must be wisdom in its usage. Just as those who have authority over us must steward that authority wisely, so we who are children of God must do so also. I can’t speak healing over myself knowing I have a serious illness and refuse to see my doctor. That isn’t wisdom people. That is foolishness! In almost every story you read about Jesus laying hands on the sick involved a mention of their physical or mental history. The women who had the issue of blood. She tried for many years to find the answer to her problem through several doctors (Matthew 9:20-22). Authority is never used without understanding.
We must know our domain in order to use that authority. I obviously cannot walk into my neighbor’s house without knocking. I do not have the authority to do so. It does not matter that we know each other. My authority ends when I enter their domain. Satan is a tricky liar. He makes us think we do not have any authority because if we did know the truth, we would actually walk in it. There are way too many Christians stumbling around crying, “The devil is after me!” I am a believer in kicking in his front door before he comes to mine! As a matter of fact, he doesn’t stop at my house. He knows better! Is it because I have a loud mouth? Probably, but not in the way you think. My loud mouth is more in the form of a loud authority. I do not give him access to wreak havoc in my life any more than I would let a stranger do whatever they wanted to my home. God has given His children authority through the shedding of the blood of His Son. We should never take it lightly! But we should be so effective in using our authority that the darkness around us disappears faster than it blots out the light.
Sisters, you have the living God on the inside of you who has called you for great things! There is no limit to what those things are. For far too long you have been sitting in your well-intentioned corner. It is time to arise and stand in the authority of Jesus Christ in your home, in your marriage, in your friendships. As a child of God, you have full access to the authority of Christ. It isn’t to be used on this earth to push people around, or to take over. It is to empower you with boldness to declare the kingdom of God on this earth in whatever sphere of influence God has ordained in your life. If you are a mom, a wife, a CEO of a company! You are qualified because you are His. Ponder on this….are you bowing to the woes in life, or are they bowing to the kingdom of God roaring on the inside of you? How are you using authority in your life?