Discipleship Series – Week 12 – Our Authority

For you have not received the spirit of slavery again to fear. But you have received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified with Him. – Romans 8:15-17

 

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry (stewards), ye are God’s building. – 1 Cor 3:9

 

We work together with the Lord who is in us and gives us the grace to do all things in His will. He gave us grace and authority for a purpose. We are to do His will in the earth as it is in heaven.

 

Heal the sick who are there and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ – Luke 10:9 

 

There is no sickness in heaven: no poverty, depression, or loneliness. Healing brought people to Jesus when He was on the earth. He knew how to attract His creation. Why would He change tactics now? He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and there is no respect of persons with Him. Why would He heal one and not heal another is He didn’t have respect of persons? 

 

Not having respect of persons means he doesn’t deal with one person differently than another. He deals with each the same. 

 

For there is no respect of persons with God. – James 2

 

Don’t say one was walking holy and one was in sin. No. God doesn’t relate to us on our goodness but faith.

 

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 

 

Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

 

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.- Titus 3:5

 

In order that in the coming ages, he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— – Eph 2:7-8

 

There are some who say God doesn’t heal today. To them, I ask, “did God change?” While others say He heals some, then I ask, “is He a respecter of persons?”

 

The Word tells us no to both. 

 

He healed them all. – Matthew 8:16

  • Matthew 14:14
  • Matthew 19:2
  • Mark 6:56
  • Mark 3:10
  • Luke 4:40
  • Luke 6:19

 

He healed and still heals through His children, co-laborers, husbandry, stewards, and building.

 

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry (stewards), ye are God’s building. – 1 Cor 3:9

 

“Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

 

 “Again, I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are assembled in My name, there I am in their midst.” – Matt 18:18-20

 

We can do amazing things with faith in His name, but like I touched on in a previous lesson, be careful that you are not in fake faith, especially when picking up serpents and drinking any deadly thing. 

 

A good thing to remember is that faith comes from hearing and hearing God’s word. So make sure you get a Word from God to pick up a serpent, a word that births faith in your heart. 

 

 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4 

 

Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 

 

These signs will accompany those who believe: In My name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” – Mark 16:17-18

 

What do we have authority over? – The works of the devil.

 

The devil and God are not friends; they are enemies. The devil is not someone assigned to do God’s dirty work. That’s wrong theology, and too many Christians get caught up in this idea without considering it. 

 

When God says “my thoughts are higher than your thoughts and my ways higher than your ways,” it’s not to say, well, this seems evil, but it must be good because God is controls everything and everyone. 

 

NO, NO, NO!! 

 

God explains what’s good in His Word; He is good and will never change.

 

They have messed up the idea of the sovereignty of God, which causes them to see an all-powerful being with no checks and balances controlling everyone like pieces on a chessboard, and He plays His side and then tells His opponent when and where to go as well.

 

You may be bothered by this saying and state, “He is all-powerful.” 

 

Yes, He is.

 

But He has put checks and balances in place for Himself and wrote them in His word so that we can understand, know, love, and come to trust Him completely. 

 

God is not man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that he should change His mind, Does He speak and not act does He promise and not fulfill? -Numbers 23:19

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows – James 1;17

 

As for God, His way has integrity;

    the word of the Lord is proven;

He is a shield

    to all those who take refuge in Him. – Psalm 18:30

 

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;

    indeed, our God is merciful. – Psalm 116:5 

 

Who is a God like You,

    bearing iniquity and passing over transgression

    for the remnant of His inheritance?

He does not remain angry forever,

    because He delights in benevolence.

 He will again have compassion upon us.

    He will tread down our iniquities,

    and cast all of our sins into the depths of the sea. – Micah 7:18-19

 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. – 1 John 4:7-9

 

For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the fearsome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe. He executes the judgment of the orphan and the widow and loves the foreigner, giving him food and clothing. – Duet 10:17-18

 

God, who at various times and in diverse ways spoke long ago to the fathers through the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by 

Verily verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do: for what things soever He doth, these also doth the Son likewise. – John 5:19

 

Hebrews 13:8

 

For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. – Malachi 3:6

 

It is important for ;you to understand what is from God and what’s from the devil. Essentially what is good and what is evil. Suppose you’re in a battle and don’t know which side your on. What are your chances of survival? Slim, I’d say. 

 

When you walk in the ways of God, the devil will try to stop you. 

 

God has give us authority over the enemy 

 

Look, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you. – Luke 10:19

 

  • Romans 8:15-17 Christ is still here in us 
  • John 17:18
  • Mark 16:15-20

You have to establish this in your heart. God is not guilty! It’s not God’s fault. God is good, and His plans for you are good. For hope and a future 

If this truth isn’t established in you, then you will not be able to trust Him enough for faith.

 

2 Peter 3:9

John 10:10

James 4:7

Matt 16:19

 

This is the beginning of understanding your authority. We had to knock down some deception first before we could get very far. The devil doesn’t want you to know this. If he can get you to believe what he is doing is God’s will in your life, then he has free reign, but once you understand your authority, you will become the devil’s worst nightmare, and he will run scared.

 

But I have come that no man shall perish. – 2 Peter 3:9

 

In His service,

Abbie

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Lesson – Authority Series