Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AUTHORITY


Authority - it is a position for the disagreeable to blame and the rest of us to trust. When something is wrong in the world many point the finger at the Authority Figures of the World. For the trusting souls the authority on a matter is someone who can supply truth, advice, fix something, and/or heal something or someone. When things have gone wrong in our society many times we say "The Authorities are working to resolve the situation."

Authority has power and responsibility that carry with it a weight behind it's purpose which declares it possesses a Seal of Approval from a Higher Power. This is my own definition I managed as I viewed Jesus in His role of authority.

Authority in the original Greek is the word exousia (ex-oo-see'-ah) meaning privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: - authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

Authority has to come from someone greater than yourself. Even though Jesus said He was one with His Father, The Word of God, as flesh, said, "the Father is greater than I." (John 14:28) This is confirmed in Philippians 2:6-8 and Hebrews 2:9.

As I studied authority in the life of Jesus, I noticed He taught as one who had the right and jurisdiction - meaning no-one else could and it was Right in His Ballpark. 
  • the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. - Matthew 7:28-29
I also read where He healed with authority (Matthew 9:6), delegated with authority (Matthew 10:1), rebuked with authority (Mark 1:27), declared with authority (Matthew 28:18), and was certainly questioned about His authority (Matthew 21:23-27).

However, what made Jesus special to me was that He proved His authority and subsequent authentic relationship with Father God through self-sacrifice and self-resurrection.
  • Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple [meaning His body], and I will raise it again in three days." - John 2:18-19
  • No one takes it [His life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father." - John 10:18
Jesus had and stills has the right, strength, power, liberty, freedom, and privilege to do anything. However, His authority will always be lined-up and supported by the will of God the Father.

Where does your authority lie? The Holy Spirit of Christ is promised to dwell within the Believer who asks for that dynamite power to live within. And with the Holy Spirit's leading and proper lifestyle Believers should be able to really capitalize on Ephesians 2:6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus... Wow! Believers have a seat of strength, of power, of liberty, of freedom, of privilege, and righteousness of Christ - with Christ to take Authority. Christians spiritually bear His signet ring wherever they go.



The enemy does not want you to hear/read this today. He desires with all of his black heart for you to stay defeated. Don't believe the lies of defeatism. Christ Jesus paid too high a price for His believers to wallow in a cistern of unbelief, weakness, and ineffectiveness. Believe in His Victory! Believe in Your Redeemed Relationship with Him! Believe in His Authority! Believe in His Authority in you and through you!