To live each day with our Father takes recognizing we have authority and learning how to use it.
I have by no means arrived here, or on any of these topics. I am learning and sharing along the way. I feel I need to do a little “teaching” on authority, maybe because I am still figuring it out for myself. Care to join me?
Brief history of authority
Power and authority are closely connected and often used interchangeably. The definitions in the original languages include the meanings of both.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18 KJV
The word power in this verse includes the meaning “the power of authority” and “one who possesses authority” (Strong’s)
- God gave it to Adam – Genesis 1:26-31
- Adam forfeited it by partnering with Satan and disobeying God – Genesis 3:6, 1 Timothy 2:14
- Satan had authority – Luke 4:6, 2 Corinthians 4:4
- Jesus restored authority to Heaven when He was raised from the dead – Ephesians 1:20-22,
- God gave us authority – Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:6; Matthew 28:18-20
What are we are supposed to do with this authority? What do we have authority over?
- All things – Ephesians 1:22
- The world – 1 John 4:4
- Thoughts – 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Speech – Colossians 4:6, Ephesians 4:29
- Emotions – Colossians 3:8-14
- Mountains – Matthew 17:20
- Satan and his realm – James 4:7, Matthew 10:1, 12:28
I have much to learn in all these areas. I want you to be aware of them and begin to use your authority. I want to focus on our authority over ourselves, our thoughts, and our choices.
Ways of exercising authority
Blessing my day
Something I started doing recently is blessing my day. I was listening to a message by Joyce Meyer. She said something to the effect of taking authority over your day by blessing it and everything in it. Blessing is more than a saying, more than “I wish you the best.” Our words of blessing carry power and the authority for God to move in the situation we have blessed.
Pleading the blood of Jesus
Pleading the blood may sound strange. Think of a court of law. A defendant is brought before the judge and asked how they plead. They can say guilty or not guilty. Because of Jesus we can say “I plead the blood of Jesus.” Jesus sacrifice makes us righteous fully adopted children of the Most High God! That carries some major authority. Everything God made available to Jesus is available to us. We are co-heirs with Jesus.
Declare my authority
I state my authority, reminding myself and Satan daily that he has no right to me or anything concerning me. I am under the blood of Jesus. My property, finances, family, everything concerning me is under the blood. Jesus provided for it to be safe from the thief.
Over my emotions
I frequently have to take authority over my emotions. Emotions are real. They are not always true and they are even less often a good basis for decisions. I am learning to feel and understand my emotions and what caused them without letting them run my life. Notice I said learning. I still struggle and fail in moments and situations. I will keep learning. I will keep asking.
Is there an area you need to exercise the authority Jesus has given you?
How will using your authority change your perspective?
What scriptures are you standing on for assurance of your authority?
How will you practically take authority over this area?
Write out your day with your Father.
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I encourage you to keep it where you can read it during your day. Some days I take a picture with my phone so I can take it with me.
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