Power & Authority // Part 1
Then Jesus called together the Twelve (apostles) and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to announce and preach the kingdom of God and to bring healing. /// Luke 9:1-2 (AMP)
How many of you would like to have unlimited power? Some of you are afraid to answer that! But, why is unlimited power attractive? Because we believe that power is the answer to all of our problems. If we just had the power, we could make anything happen! But, that’s really not true. Most of us have spiritual issues because we confuse power and authority.
Power is important because there are obstacles and opponents to some goals. But, power is not all you have to possess to be successful. You see, Satan has power. He has some power in the spirit realm. Let’s put it this way: he is more powerful than you are on your own. Yet, Satan must have not just power but authority if he wants to perform his will. Much of what Satan does he performs through stolen or permissible authority. Satan is not the ultimate authority in the world and neither are you. Many people would deny any involvement with Satan but have no problem operating in the flesh. Our rebellion against God gives Satan permissible authority to act. When he deceives us, he uses stolen authority to pursue his goals.
So, how does he operate? According to the power he possesses. If we cut off his authority by obeying the Lord, he has no permissible authority to use. If we know the Bible, he has no authority to steal. If you are under the Lord’s authority through obedience to His word, you take most of Satan’s arsenal from him. As God’s child, Satan does not have cart blanche to do whatever he wants to you. If he did, he would have power and authority. But, since Jesus has authority and you are His submitted and obedient child, all he can do to you is what is allowed by God. Now, Jesus delegated power and authority to you. What did He delegate you this power and authority to do?
To announce the arrival of the kingdom of God.
You are a herald of the kingdom but not just a messenger, you are an ambassador — an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country. This includes possessing full power to act on behalf of the kingdom you represent. As a matter of fact, the ambassador lives at the embassy. The embassy is purchased by the kingdom it represents. The embassy belongs to the kingdom even though it is in a foreign country. The ambassador not only acts as a legal emissary on behalf of the kingdom, he also is immune to the laws of the country he lives in. So, for all intents and purposes, wherever the ambassador goes in the foreign country, he operates under the authority of the kingdom he represents.
Do you see how this applies to you? You live in this world of sin but you are under the authority of the kingdom of God! Wherever you go, kingdom laws and authority and power surrounds you! You have been authorized and empowered to act on behalf of the kingdom of God and wherever you go as an emissary of God, you are under the authority of the kingdom of God!
Now, most embassies shutter in times of war. When two countries go to war, the embassy closes and the ambassador comes home. But, in our case, the embassy stays open and we stay on the ground during war between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness in whose country we live. So what happens during this war? The enemy threatens you with his power and wants you to believe he has authority over you. If you believe his lies, you will shutter the embassy and stay locked away or you will seek to leave the country you have been assigned to. If you disregard his lie of having authority and you release the authority and power of the kingdom of God, your mission will continue. Are you afraid? Do you believe in the authority of the kingdom of God? Next week, we’ll look at values of the kingdom we represent.
- Luke 9:1-2 (AMP)
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