Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Your Authority in Christ
For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Romans 5:17 AMPC
In times of fear and anxiety and uncertainty, it's comforting to know that God is with us and has never left us or abandon us. It's equally comforting knowing that God hasn't left us helpless or weak and wanting in tough times. God has given the Church something to overcome in this life.
God has given us the authority to rule and reign over all the power of the wicked one. He has equipped us with His name, the name above all other names. God has given us His authority to operate in this natural realm.
One of the most neglected and little taught truths throughout the Body of Christ is the believer's authority. If we have authority, this threatens the religious traditional concept that God controls all aspects of life and everything that occurs is because God did it or approved of it. If we have authority we have to take some responsibility for our lives and the conditions that exist in this world.
To understand authority we have to revisit the Garden of Eden. Note in Genesis what God declared about man. God gave mankind authority and dominion in this Earth. Man was to operate in dominion on this planet.
In fact, God gave man three things in Genesis. First, God gave man His image. We are created in the likeness of God. We have His image. We need not try to conform to some worldly image that leaves us wanting and hurting trying so desperately to attain or achieve. We already have the image of God. God isn't suffering from low self-esteem and neither should we.
Secondly, God gave man dominion over this planet. Did you know man was created to rule and reign on this Earth? Man fell and turned over this rulership to the enemy, but Jesus defeated the enemy and stripped the crown from him that he stole from Adam. As a believer, you have been given this restored dominion.
Now we can exercise this dominion over this planet. This doesn't mean we can lord over other people and demand of others. We are speaking of the dominion over the Earth. Read it in Genesis. We have dominion over the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, and the Earth. We have the authority to pray God's will be done on this Earth.
This means we have dominion over famine, disaster, and drought. This means we have the authority to stand against "natural disasters". We can take dominion over destruction and speak life. We can also be something else. We can be a blessing to desolate lands and those afflicted with disease, and drought and death.
Thirdly, God gave us the blessing. God blessed us. We have the blessing of God upon us so we can be a blessing. The enemy has sought since the fall, to bring the curse, to oppose the blessing, on those who believe.
The enemy has worked overtime to ensure that the Church never recognize our true identity. The enemy would have us shrink back while accusatively asking who do you think you are? We need to stand strong and walk tall and declare to the world, the flesh, and the enemy that we are the Church. The very Righteousness of God in Christ. That we are made in the image of God and carry this image on the inside of us, and walk in the dominion and authority He delegated to us.
In summation, we need to know and understand our authority in Christ. This is such in-depth teaching we have just scratched the surface. Who do you think you are? You are the Righteousness of God, you are the King's kid. You're accepted and approved in Christ. You have been given dominion and authority in Christ.
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