There seems to be more and more churches springing up believing in the authority that Jesus gave us, but they stand and shout, demanding things, instead of kneeling in worship, humbling themselves before almighty God.
Luke 9:1 – “One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.”
I hear preachers teaching that Christians have been given the authority of Jesus, and through prayer, faith, and speaking correctly, we can call things as though they are until they are, because we have been given authority through Christ Jesus. I believe this, but, I offer some caution to those who are doing this without loving God in their hearts. God knows those who love Him, and also knows the motives of our hearts.
Jesus said, in Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
What are the two most important commands (laws)? Matthew 12: 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Matthew 7:21 above mentions God’s will. What is it? Isn’t it to keep the commands above? Love God first, then love our neighbor (and our enemies, more than ourselves).
1 John 4:8 – “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
Jesus said “If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15
God created us in order to to show His love for us, for His purpose, and so we would love and worship Him in gratitude.
Jesus taught us to seek first the kingdom of heaven and all those things will be given to us. We don’t need to struggle with ‘authority’ if things are given to us. We need to love Him and seek Him.
Matthew 6: 30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
If we really believe the above scriptures, we’d just be praising and worshipping God, believing and trusting Him to provide the blessings we need! We don’t have to ‘walk in authority’ to claim our blessings! God will rain down blessings while we’re seeking Him!
When we’re attacked, or if we see our friends & family attacked, we need to pray for them, use our authority to cast out demons, pray for healing, and speak God’s Word like Jesus did in Matthew 4. When we’ve done that, we need to get back into position, which is thankful prayer and worship.
91st Psalm “9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”