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Luke‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭AMPC‬
“And they were amazed at His teaching, for His word was with authority and ability and weight and power.”

I have been thinking about this word authority a lot.

I don't want to give too much credit, but I also do not want to ignore the schemes of the enemy. I have had a sense that through all the politics, police situations, and media coverage, that the enemy is hard at work planting seeds and thoughts that make us fearful of earthly authority in our lives. As well as creating a fear in us, using any sort of authority we have been given.

There's a fixation on what people lack rather than what people already have and bring to the table, so to speak. There have been seeds planted of a lack of respect for any sort of authority, which can cause us to shy away from gaining authority. No one likes to be disrespected.

Satan is doing what he is best at, twisting what God intended to be a good thing. Authority on this earth is a good thing. But, there is also a heavenly authority we have inherited as sons and daughters of the Kingdom.

If the enemy can create fear of authority in you from an earthly standpoint, he is betting on you being fearful of accessing your God-given authority. Because quite frankly, he, satan, is fearful of YOU accessing and operating in that authority over him!

‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:19-20‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)
“Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you. Nevertheless do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven."

Authority has no value when it lacks the power to make it effective.

Power has to be exerted and utilized. Think practically here. When you have something plugged in let's say your TV for example, when it is plugged in, it is still using some electricity. But when you turn it on and use it for its purpose,  then it has to utilize/exert the power flowing into it.

I had a vision of a person standing, & slightly leaning forward as if they were powered down. Then I saw a giant light switch on the front of them, and a cord ran from behind them and they were plugged in, so they had power running into them, but they hadn't allowed or maybe not even known the switch was not flipped to on. There was potential power in them, they just needed to use it.

Christians, myself included, have potential power and rarely exercise the full authority they have been given.

Authority is not to be lorded over people to control people, that is not what I am saying here. Jesus used his authority to teach, and lead others so that they may walk in the way God designed us to walk with Him in the very beginning. He never used it in a manipulative way or to control anyone. [He does require us to be obedient though]. His teachings and His words carried God-given authority but also had power behind them.

1st Corinthians 4:20 (NIV) (Emphasis added)
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power

Jesus' teaching did not conform with the normal there. His teachings are not always comfortable and make you dream of rainbows and daisies. For example: to teach someone to love their enemies, to forgive, to treat others as you would treat yourself, and that the same way you judge others the same will be measured back to you.

Conforming to the normality of society does not allow you to operate in your God-given Authority.


I think that it's so amazing and interesting how God used the fisherman, tax collectors, and the shepherds of that time, to teach and carry the authority and power given to them by God through the Holy Spirit. Jesus didn't beg the Pharisees or the "elite" of that time to spread His teachings or rely on the Pharisees earthly authority to carry out His purpose. I love in Acts 4 when Peter and John are brought before the council of Sadducee's, & high priests after they had been arrested for preaching the Gospel & healing a man in the name of Jesus. Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking with God-given authority and power, was telling them that Jesus is the Christ and they (the high priests and Sadducees) had rejected Him. Peter was saying that Jesus is now the Cornerstone and there is salvation in no other name than Jesus.

Acts 4:13 AMP
 Now when the men of the Sanhedrin (Jewish High Court) saw the confidence and boldness of Peter and John, and grasped the fact that they were uneducated and untrained [ordinary] men, they were astounded, and began to recognize that they had been with Jesus.

There's so much hope in that, because when we feel ordinary we can remember God is choosing to and wants to partner with us. He calls us sons and daughters. He wants us to grab hold of the inheritance He has for us, and He gives us our authority and power through the Holy Spirit.

Also, the High court could do nothing to Peter, John, and the rest of the disciples. They couldn't take away their authority and power because they never gave it to them in the first place!

Approval of man does not give you any authority that lasts. Because what happens when they don't approve anymore? You don't carry that authority with those people anymore, right? They can take it away because they gave that power and authority to you in the first place. The Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, the "elite" of that time when Jesus was there, relied on others to listen to them, they relied on their position of power to affirm in themselves that they had authority and power over people.

If you have a pulpit, a place, or position of power, that does not always guarantee that you have authority.

Authority is given not earned.

Jesus knew where His authority came from. He knew who gave it to Him in the first place. Like I said earlier, Jesus doesn't and never did use His authority and power to control others.Rather, He taught how to live a life of freedom, abundance, and conviction. It lifted others up to be who they were created to be and activated them in their callings and their place in the Kingdom of God.

So from that place, He knew that no matter what, no one on earth could strip Him of that authority because they never gave it to Him in the first place. And remember this, the disciples kept preaching, teaching, and spreading the hope and good news of Jesus even after they were threatened multiple times. They knew who gave them their authority and power.

The same goes for everything that God has given you. No one on this earth can take it away from you.

Matthew 7:29
When Jesus had finished [speaking] these words [on the mountain], the crowds were astonished and overwhelmed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one who had authority [to teach entirely of His own volition], and not as their scribes [who relied on others to confirm their authority].

The verse above is the reaction from the masses of crowds Jesus taught named "Sermon on the Mount."

It is time to activate, operate, and utilize the authority and power God has given us over the enemy and his schemes; to teach & share the good news of Jesus.

Blessings,

-Louis

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