I wanted to thank each of you for following my 5 day non-exhaustive study regarding walking in God’s Authority. As a reminder, the 5 inhibitors that strips us and prevents us from exercising our right to access God’s authority on earth is sin, ignorance, unbelief, fear, and prayerlessness. Beloved of God, we have been given Authority through Jesus Christ: Philippians 2:9-10 confirms the power behind the Name of Jesus is the power of Almighty God. When you speak the Name of Jesus the power that comes out of your mouth is the power of Almighty God Himself! We have been given God’s DNA when we were transferred from unspeakable darkness into His marvelous light. We are born again believers, and we are no longer dead, struggling and nor impotent. We are powerful! Therefore, walk in your God-given Authority and be a blessing to God and to everyone around you.
Walking in God’s Authority
Luke 18:1 established the importance of prayer: “Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”. I Thessalonians 5:17 confirmed: “Pray without ceasing.” Additionally, Ephesians 6:18 elaborates on these the same point: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Every waking moment is to be lived in an awareness that God is with us and that He is actively involved and engaged in our thoughts and actions. When our thoughts turn to worry, fear, discouragement, and anger, we are to consciously and quickly turn every thought into prayer and every prayer into thanksgiving.
Prayerfulness is an essential part of Christian living and it flows out of humility and dependence on God. In order to walk in God’s authority every believer must continually be in the presence of God, constantly breathing in His truths and depending on His strength, grace, and mercy
Walking in God’s Authority!
Second Timothy 1:7-8 declares, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” Fear paralyzes us and keeps us from wielding the authority we have in Christ to bring healing to others and to ourselves.
First John 5:18 teaches us that “the wicked one does not touch [whoever is born of God]” (see also Luke 10:19). But some people have suffered backlash from the enemy when they engaged in spiritual warfare and are now afraid.
There are many reasons for backlash. Here are some ways to guard against it: Be led by the Spirit; make sure that Satan has no legal right to attack; and obtain prayer covering. We will learn about the results of prayerlessness tomorrow.
After taking these steps, we can confront the darkness because we have the authority to do so. We need not be afraid of obeying God’s directives even if it requires engaging in strategic warfare.
Luke 12:32 gives us wise counsel: “‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.'”
Inhibitor #3 Unbelief
Unbelief is a serious sin. Romans 14:23 reads, “But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” The book of Hebrews also calls unbelief sinful: “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God” (3:12). Unbelief is so serious that Jesus could not do many miracles because of the people’s lack of faith (see Matt. 13:58).
We can measure the level of our belief or unbelief by asking ourselves, Do we really believe that Jesus defeated the enemy? If we don’t, we are unlikely to see the results we desire when we lay hands on the sick, speak life over dead things, and walk in divine spiritual authority.
Inhibitor #2 Ignorance
Walking in God’s Authority
In Hosea 4:6, God declares, “‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.'” The Lord showed me that His people are being destroyed by the ignorance of their authority in Christ. Yet the Bible makes it clear that we are not powerless against the enemy.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 states, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
Many believers tend to see the cosmic struggle through the lens of the Asian philosophy of yin and yang, which contends that good and evil forces are opposite each other but equal in power and authority. In reality, Satan is a loser. He is a created being, one of God’s fallen angels.
God, on the other hand, is the uncreated Creator who always has been and always will be–He is self-existent. To a believer who is walking in God’s authority, Satan is like a toothless lion. It is not that Satan doesn’t have some real power–he does. But when we compare his power with God’s–there is no comparison.
When David confronted Goliath, Goliath compared his physical prowess with David’s. Goliath was insulted that the Israelites would send a mere shepherd boy against him.
However, David didn’t compare himself with Goliath; he compared Goliath with God. God was so much greater than Goliath that the match was over before it had a chance to begin (see 1 Sam. 17:41-50).
In observing God’s people, I have noticed that way too many of us tend to be ignorant about the source of evil. Satan, not God, is the cause of all the evil in the world. When we have a warped perspective of the sovereignty of God, we become passive in fighting sickness and evil.
After the historic 9/11 tragedy, I was amazed to discover how many people attributed the terrorist attacks to God’s judgment. The Bible tells us that Satan–not God–is the one who comes to kill, steal and destroy (see John 10:10) and that we are to put on the full armor of God and stand firm against the evil one (see Eph. 6:10-18).
When we habitually sin, we come under Satan’s earthly authority, and he has legal rights over us until we repent. That is why Jesus said, “‘The ruler of this world is coming, and has nothing on Me'” (John 14:30, NKJV). Jesus was without sin, so the devil could not get a foothold in His life. James 5:16 declares, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” This verse points out that authority is given to the righteous. Carlos Annacondia, an Argentine evangelist, once said that he believes God gave him more authority when he became ruthless about his sin and the sin in his family’s life. Speaking from that same vein, we must be under authority before we can exercise authority. If we are rebellious in our walk we will not have much authority. 1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin divination……” Look at it this way, when Satan rebelled against God and he not only lost his authority but he also was removed from his position in heaven.
Did you know that we possess authority [power] over all the earth? Read Genesis 1:26. We were given the earth to rule over God’s creation and this mandate has never been rescinded by God. God’s position on rulership has never changed. However, man’s position changed when Adam’s disposition changed. But the second Adam, Jesus, redeemed man from the curse (Galatians 3:13) and reinstated man back into rulership. We see this in Matthew 28:18 where Jesus said, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth.” Also, Psalm 115:16 confirms the earth was given to man. So why don’t we walk in God’s bequeathed divine authority? Here are 5 reasons to consider; sin, ignorance, fear, unbelief, and lack of prayer. Over the next few days, I will give supportive examples of each of these inhibiters. Faithfully and prayerfully we together will gain a better understand of the importance in walking in the power of God’s ordained authority!