Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Authority


It Is Written Mark 16:15-18, and He said to them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned, and these signs will follow those who believe, in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;  they will take up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them, he will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
In these end times, a number of preachers have begun teaching about the authority of the believer. They mention the great commission given by Jesus to the apostles, and by extension, to believers of every age.
I have heard examples of authority, by using a policeman directing traffic. That type of example is good, but doesn't go far enough.
When I was working, I received a promotion into middle management.  I knew a good deal of authority came with it.  It was a large corporation, but they had few guidelines for middle management.
One day I was talking to someone at my level, but in a totally different area.  I asked for some advice, because I wasn't sure how much authority I had.  His answer was a surprise.  He said, just do what you think is best, until someone tells you to stop.  Then he added, no one will tell you to stop.
As I think about that conversation many years ago, a few things came to mind that helped me understand the believers authority.
Since we are dealing with the spiritual world, most of us are unsure what that authority means.  When that happens, satan steps in and tries to set really low limits, by planting doubt as to whether Jesus ever intended for us to have authority.
Since Jesus never set limits on how much of what He directed believers to do, we must remember that whatever He says is true, and He will back us up if we are following His directives.  So take what Jesus said we should do, and push it as far as you can.  He will never tell you to stop, or fail to back you up, if you do it His way.  May God bless you and your family.  Praise the Lord!
Remember Jesus Loves You
Prayer Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me.  Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation.  Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
Thank You Lord
Amen