AUTHORITY                 “WORTH CONSIDERING”             9/22/22

Most of us from the very beginning of our lives learn to hate authority.   Our inherited Adamic nature of rebellion and pride hates to be told what to do.  And then when we accept authority, much of the time, we accept authority which is not really good for us.  But the first thing that God did in Gen.1:28 was to give man authority to subdue and replenish the earth and have dominion over every living thing so man could learn about authority.   Adam was in the process of leaning about loving authority from the bottom up directly from the Word of God (Gen.2:19) by example when he was corrupted by lucifer and submitted to lucifer and was taught that  really authority was from the top down.  That authority was security rather than security being in God our Creator.  “ Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Rom.6:16-17.

It is rather difficult for us to understand how loving,  bottom up, authority works.   A scripture that comes to mind is in 1 Cor.14:32,   “ And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.”  In other words, The Holy Spirit can not do anything that we will not allow HIM to do.  Even the least of the 9 gifts (1 Cor.12:1; 8-11) of the Holy Spirit, even tongues, can not happen if we do not submit our voice, lungs and heart to the Holy Sprint to speak through us.  Getting started in the supernatural of God is a unique experience.   It is like Peter learning to walk on water.  Of course our cup must also be empty in order for the Holy Spirit to fill it and open the doors to the supernatural world of the Holy Spirit of God.    And also one must keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit or run dry.  It is not a one fill up, experience.  Got to spend time often with God for HIS power to flow.

After the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus.  Jesus became God/Man as in Gen.1:26 and notice in Matt. 28:18-20 as HE returned to heaven to build a home for HIS Church:   “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “ All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.”  And again in John 17:20-26: “ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory (Power) which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

So it is obvious that the Church is supposed to be walking in the Resurrection Power of Christ Jesus but we find that not to be true, 2 Tim.3:5.   So what is the problem?  Let’s explore a bit.

1.  For Peter to walk on the water, he had to first be willing to get out of the safety of that boat he was in.   None of the other 11 ventured to walk on the water.   Peter did get wet but he was the only one that got to enjoy that wonderful supernatural experience with Jesus.

2.  And there is the issue of having an empty cup, we tend to be full of ourselves and what we think we know.  Some really believe that God’s Truth is what they say that it is or what they emotionally feel like it is.   That God’s Truth is really optional.  But they really have not digested what Jesus taught at all.  Faith without matching spiritual works,  James teaches is DEAD.  No love nor concern for the Lost?   Need a serious tune up.

3.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  Often we have bought into the lies of the world.  The lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life.  And the World is passing away but they who do the will of God, live forever.  2 John 2:15-17,  Heb. 11.

4.  We really don’t understand that when we submit to the lies of the darkness that we become the servants of that darkness.  And that the prophets of God are the only place that we can go for God’s Truth that sets us free from the darkness and lies of this world.

5,  Authority can be had and not be used.  That is something that I awoke considering this morning.   If I don’t say what the Holy Spirit tells me to say with God’s authority, God can’t confirm with HIS power..   So if God gives us authority and we do not use it, it is like getting a good check on a bank account and never cashing it.   If God tells us what to say and we say it, then it is up to HIM to deal with the issues, not us.  But if we are too timid to say what he said then nothing will happen through us  for sure.  Proverbs 18:21   A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his  lips shall he be filled.   21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

My personal walk has been rather up and down, either enjoying the power of the LORD or out on the backside of desert learning humility and obedience.  When my mother died I began to have deep very painful headaches like she did. when alive.  One day I really got mad about it all and loudly rebuked it in the name of Jesus…. it went away.  Came back again and did the same thing, gone.  a few more times no more headaches.  Same thing happened with ringing in my ears, now no more ringing.   Now working on the neuropathy pain in my feet and it is starting to leave.  But I have to say what I mean and mean what I say and have faith in the ministry of my LORD Jesus that HE has given to HIS Church.  And the more who come into that faith unity, the more that can be done to help hurting folks find the Kingdom of God.   Our Creator God gave Adam authority, he lost it, Jesus came and gave it back for us.    But we need to occupy until HE comes for us in authority, humility and obedience to make the jump to light speed and to Live with God for eternity.  Rom. 8:32-39.

Yours, in His great love and wonderful Grace & Mercy,   Ken<><    www.OhanaChurch.Life

There is but one Church of Christ Jesus as LORD on earth,
All who Love, Honor & Obey HIM are. Eternal Members.

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