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Our Authority Activates God’s Power

Our authority, God's Power

How did Jesus perform healings and miracles?

  1. Jesus received guidance from YHWH (God) concerning God’s desires.
  2. Jesus exercised the same authority we all have.
  3. God used His power to do the healings and miracles.

As humans, we all have the same authority Jesus had, so why aren’t we performing similar healings and miracles today? It’s because we haven’t understood (and taken action concerning) the relationship between our authority and God’s power.

Man’s Delegated Authority

On the 6th day of creation, God made man the ruler over the earth and everything in it.

EarthGod created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28

Man ruled the earth as God’s delegated authority. The plants and trees of the Garden of Eden fed him, and he named all the animals who were created as his companions.  (Genesis 2:19)Devil

Then the Devil caused man to sin, and all of God’s earthly creation became slaves to corruption, death, and decay.  (Romans 8:21) The Devil became the ‘prince of this world’, ruling the fallen nations of mankind through sinful men. (Matthew 4:8,9; John 14:30, 16:11)

Jesus Broke Free from Sin

But, when Jesus the Son of God entered creation, He didn’t become a slave to sin. With God as His father, He was able to live a sinless life, even though He was tempted in every way possible. (Hebrews 4:15) Therefore, the Devil had no foothold of power over Jesus. In fact, Jesus exercised power over the Devil.

No one can enter a strong man’s house to steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. (Mark 3:27)

The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

The Kingdom of God

As a sinless man, Jesus exercised His authority over creation. For example: He cast-out demons, healed the sick, cleansed lepers, walked on water, and multiplied 2 fish and a few loaves of bread to feed 5000 hungry men, with 12 baskets of leftovers remaining! (Matthew 14:15-20)

Jesus was exercising the authority God delegated to Adam on the 6th day of creation. Through Jesus, God showed us His desire to deliver creation from its bondage to corruption, death, and decay. The miracles Jesus performed demonstrate God’s desire to bless mankind with healing, prosperity, peace, rest, and holiness. They also demonstrated the reality and superiority of His kingdom on the earth.

Our Authority and God’s Power

God is in controlHow did Jesus do these miracles? As a sinless man, Jesus didn’t need to rely on His rank as a Son of God to perform His miracles. He simply needed to apply man’s delegated authority to energize God’s power over creation.

Through prayer and constant communion with God’s Holy Spirit, Jesus was totally dependent on guidance from Almighty God—His Father.

Jesus said,

“Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself unless He sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19)

Then, Jesus exercised delegated authority as a man to do whatever the Father showed Him. This authorized the Father to exercise His power on the earth, in mankind’s realm.

So, here are the steps:

  1. Jesus received spiritual guidance from the Father.
  2. By faith, Jesus exercised man’s delegated authority on earth to perform the Father’s guidance.
  3. The Father used His almighty power to do whatever Jesus commanded on earth.

Jesus received guidance and commanded using man’s delegated authority. Then, God released the power to fulfill Jesus’ words.

A Simple Example of Authority and Power

This quote is from Andrew Wommack’s excellent teaching on Our Authority Releases God’s Power

Our authority, God's Power“He wants us to take our authority and command His power.

It’s like electricity. The power company generates the power and delivers it to your house. It’s not your power, but it’s under your control. You don’t call the power company and ask them to turn the lights on. No! They won’t do that. They generate the power, but it’s under your command. You simply flip the switch on the wall and command the power to work. Does this mean you are the power source? Certainly not! You can put a light bulb in your mouth, and it will never come on. You aren’t the power source, but you are the one in control of what that power does. You can plead with the power company all you want, but they won’t flip the switch for you. You have to assume your authority and acknowledge the power is under your command.”

How to Exercise Authority to Release God’s Power

Just like Jesus did:

  1. Receive spiritual guidance concerning the Father’s desires through prayer and constant communion with God’s Holy Spirit.
    1. Since we’re not sinless like Jesus was, the Devil will try to use your consciousness of past sins (shame) to block you from entering God’s presence.
    2. As disciples of Jesus, we’re made holy by His sacrifice. You must learn how to receive forgiveness and enter His presence with a clean conscience. (Hebrews 10)
  2. Then, by faith, speak with man’s delegated authority on earth to proclaim the Father’s desire.
  3. The Father will then use His almighty power to do whatever we command.

Heavenly

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

(Matthew 6:10)

Suicide or Submission?

Suicide

In refusing to submit themselves to God’s Word, the vast majority of people in our world have chosen to walk in moral darkness and death rather than light and life.

The Way of Darkness
The Way of Darkness

“God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”  (John 3:17-21 NASB)

There’s a heavy price to pay for choosing darkness over light. “The way of sinners is hard, and its end is destruction.” (Proverbs 13:15)

The Way of Light and Life

In contrast, as the ancient prayer (Etz Chayim) states, the way of the Lord is “a Tree of Life to those who hold fast to it, and all those who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.”

Like most people, I have experienced despair to the point where the #Destroyer tempted me to commit #suicide. He is the enemy of our souls, and of God’s good plan for your life. People who act on the Destroyer’s temptation to kill themselves permanently terminate their own potential success in this world. They jump off a cliff into a bottomless pit, not knowing what awaits them in the dark abyss of death below.

Terminated Potential
Terminated Potential

Likewise, all the people who don’t jump, but who unthinkingly follow the way of darkness all their life–they stumble into the same abyss–dying without achieving their potential as a son or daughter of God. In effect, they commit slow suicide by rejecting the light and life they could have apprehended. On the scoreboard of life, their clock runs out of time but they haven’t scored.

So, instead of following darkness unto its eventual terminus of death, wouldn’t it be better to turn from your selfish path toward the Savior, and begin walking in His light and life?

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.