BY WHAT AUTHORITY???


Matthew 21:23 – “Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”  NKJV

 Spiritual Blog - Authority

 

            When you stand for right and good you will be challenged as to the source of the authority from which you speak and act.  Those who do not believe the Bible is the Inspired Word of God or even believe that God exists will not accept your position that it is biblically based and from God.  The Bible is sufficient for you as well it should be but you will need to articulate and demonstrate beyond just the words of the Bible.  If you are standing on God’s authorization then your words, actions and life must be backed up by God’s power, person, and provision.  He must be manifest in your life or they will continue in their disbelief and may anyway but if your life manifests Him they may become as Saul on the Damascus road when he was transformed and became Paul the apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.

            I recall the account of David and Goliath and one of the keys of David’s heart and victory was revealed in his declaration to the giant standing before him.  In 1 Sam 17:45-47 we read, “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”  NKJV

   Spiritual Blog - Giants       

           David recognized the situation and knew the source of his authority and strength.  He fearlessly stood in the face of death and made his declaration with confidence for He knew whom he had believed and was persuaded that God would do what God promised.  Sadly, too often we go with swords and spears rather than the Name of the Lord.  We retreat to the weapons of man or man’s wisdom rather than the Word, Spirit, and Power of the Lord.  God has given us the armor and weapons.  If we know that we are going in God’s authority then we must go with faith, boldness, and confidence.

             I have tasted the victory that comes in facing a seemingly overpowering obstacle.  My victory did not come through the weapons of man but as I was protected by the armor of God and utilized the weapons He provides for warfare I saw giants fall, walls crumble, and obstacles turned into smooth paths.  I have also failed and relied on the arm of flesh. We have two courses set before us and we can choose the path we travel.  I stand with Joshua as he declared to the people before entering Canaan, “Chose this day who you will serve.”  He then declared, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”  I choose God who chose me and I am fully confident that He will do what He promised to do!

             What authority?  Any authority, power, or ability I have is directly connected to God, His Word, and His Spirit.  It is Christ in me the hope of glory.  Jesus said in in Matthew 28 – “All Authority is given to me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore…..”  We go in His authority and power!

            May God bless you as you go through your day!

 

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