The Word Detective’s next few blogs, I will reveal evidence that some of your will find hard to grasp hold of. There will also be some who will say, “Amen!” There will be those who say, “I don’t believe there is such a thing as, “believer’s being in charge”. If God gives authority to me, then that’s His will. He’s in charge and not me!” What will you think, when I show you God’s word; He has already put you and I in charge in this world. Before I begin with the evidence found, I want to uncover a word that might block you in understanding todays message.
2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of — STRONGHOLDS.”
Verse 4 is saying that as believers in Christ Jesus, we have a warfare going on in our lives. Not carnal, not fleshy but a “house of thoughts” that are nourished, embellished and fortified. We have come to accept into our thinking, that if our Pastor says it is so…it must be so. If a Bible teacher in the media says, “I can’t believe in that principle because the Bible college or Seminary I attended said, that just isn’t true!” That way of thinking only nourishes the strongholds. Only the Word of God can “overthrow” and bring down to “destruction” those strongholds. The devil knows all about your “strongholds”. That is where the ‘what ifs’ come into play in your thought process. You sometimes are afraid of the real meaning and truth in scripture because you just don’t know. 2 Timothy 1: 7 says that God didn’t give us a spirit of fear. If fear didn’t come from God, it must have come from satan.
How do we deal with “STRONGHOLDS”? Two ways that I discovered:
1. Joshua 1:8 says, Think wisely from MEDITATING in God’s Word.
2. Proverbs 13:20, “He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it.” [Isa. 32:6] Surround yourself with wise men; you will be wise and know.
The Four Ways to feed your mind:
2. Schedule time to listen.
How many of you know that the devil knows these “Four Ways” that feed your mind? He knows the battle field is the mind and that’s where he will attack! The things that you watch and see in the media, the books that you read and study and of course your imagination.
Where do I begin; with giving you the evidence of your God given authority? Open you Bibles to Luke 10 and I will start at verse 1.
“NOW AFTER this the Lord chose and appointed seventy others [in addition to the original 12 disciples] and sent them out ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to come (visit).”
When Jesus sent messengers out [that’s us], he sent them ahead before He got there (Luke 9:52). Jesus sends them out with specific things that He wants them to accomplish (verses 4 thru 15). The messengers were also to be Christs’ ambassadors. Representing Jesus as if He was there in person (verse 16); “Heal the sick”; “deliverance”; “prosperity”. This is the authority Jesus had given them.
Now I will pick it up at verse 17: “The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name! The seventy had been sent out to “attack something” in Jesus name and they returned in joy! Authority had been released.
Verse 19 says, “Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over ALL the power that the enemy (devil) [possesses]; and NOTHING shall in any way harm you.”
The word “power” is used two times in verse 19 and there are two different Greek words used. The first time power is referenced, the Greek word used means “authority” ;to tread or “to master“. The second Greek word used for power means “ability“. The Amplified Version of the Bible uses “authority” and “power” to emphasize the original Greek; the King James uses only “power“.
Now that you have been introduced to your “believer’s authority”, be sure your name is written in heaven (verse 20). “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living and the book of life and not be enrolled among the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright and in right standing with God).” Your name has to be written in these two books to be “authorized”. The value of our authority rests on the power behind it; God is backing us up and that’s where FAITH comes in. If you have FAITH when your words say, “Be healed!”, then they will be healed because God has our back.
Authority can be defined as “delegated power”.
I gave a message at a church in my area a few years ago about the “Authority of the Believer”. I agree with what Kenneth Hagin said in his book, “The Believer’s Authority”.
“Many Christians know nothing about the authority of the believer. They really don’t believe we have any authority. They believe they’re barely saved and they must go through life being dominated by the devil while living on Barely-Get-Along Street. They magnify the devil more than they do God.” An attendee came up to me after I spoke and pretty much echoed what Ken Hagin said.
I was saved by North Carolina born Baptist preacher. My strongholds began in that church and grew and grew. My information came from my Pastor because I thought he was the one with all the authority. At Easter, we often sang “Near the cross, near the cross.” We all needed to come by the cross for salvation, but as Mr. Hagin says, “we don’t need to remain there; let’s go on to Pentecost, the Ascension, and the throne!”
An off-duty policeman, in his street clothes, came upon an accident along side of a busy city road. He decided to stop traffic in both directions while standing in the middle of the street. What do you think his chances might be in getting run over by a car? But if that same policeman was on duty and came upon the same scene to control traffic with his police uniform on; would his chances for survival be better? The off duty policeman didn’t have the physical power to stop traffic but with his uniform on… the authority had been given to him by the city or state. They had invested authority in the policeman. As believers in Christ Jesus, our “blood bought” uniform we have gives us “delegated power”. God has invested authority by what His Son did for us who believe.
Ephesians 6:10 says, “…be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which is boundless might provide].”
Be strong in the Lord, in the Power; our authority and don’t try, no never try to use your authority with your own strength.
Tomorrow I continue with “Who’s in charge here?” With evidence found; “What is the Promise we can stand on?”