We have made the choice to be a warrior and have taken the first step as being that – developing/enhancing our level of worship so that it is done in extravagant love, as a lover, and with extreme submission to our God.
The next step is realizing who is in charge…us or God?
Let’s clear that up in case there is any confusion – 1 Corinthians 15:25-28 “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be defeated is death. For he has ‘put everything under his feet.’ Now when it says that ‘everything’ has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.”
God has placed everything under Jesus’ feet, which includes you. God is the main boss, Jesus is our supervisor, and we are the employees. God makes the decisions, Jesus tells them to us once he has met with God, and we adhere to the decisions.
Please understand, we have been given authority from God as well – it is similar to when your boss entrusts a job to you. “Stacy, I want you to stay at this job and minister to your co-workers as only you can. Since I’ve put you there and as long as you keep your flesh in check and your spirit under authority with me, you have total authority to speak with power and pray over this place.”
So we are not in charge…how could we be? Job 40-41
God asks him “whoever is arguing with me, how can he correct me? Go ahead, let him answer!” Job says “I was stupid to answer and question before, now I’m going to keep my mouth shut” but God doesn’t let him get off that easy and starts his correction with “Prepare yourself like a man for my answer…” and goes into this forever long reprimand. Job grew wise and realized God is in control and he – Job – is quite small in comparison.
Let us also realize this, in every part of our lives. God is in control of everything – great and small. Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to in heaven and on earth.” He calls the shots – a league of their own (the two coaches fight over the correct signal to give)
What does that mean authority?
1) Legal power or right to command
2) Power derived from opinion, respect or esteem
3) Testimony or witness or the person who testifies (as the Gospels or the evangelists are our authorities for the miracles of Christ)
So according to the original definition, God has the legal power to command. Command what? The answer is above – everything!
Even if that wasn’t enough, the second definition says power derived from respect or esteem…God is worthy of all our respect if all he ever did was make the earth from words (Thank Him because He has done so much more! He is worthy of all respect!)
And if that still doesn’t explain his authority or why he has it all there is the testimony. Testimony of Jesus “I only do what I see my Father doing and only say what I hear my Father saying”, the testimony of the Holy Spirit, and, as the example given in the definition, the disciples’ accounts of Jesus and his miracles John 8:38, 14-19
Ok so we recognize that God has the authority, why he has it, and also that he will delegate a certain job to us, to work as His vessels after we have submitted to Him.
We talked about extreme submission last week a little and Dad did his series on submission to God’s authority, which I’m sure he still has the notes if you want a refresher, so I’m not going to beat a dead horse.
(For web readers, if you would like the sermon notes I am referring to please let me know and I will obtain them for you and either post it or send it to you)
However there is one more thing I know God wants us to discover or remember: when someone has authority (in human terms) they have confidence. They aren’t weak and timid about it – maybe the first or second time but once they see that it gets results then they use it with more confidence.
This reference is when Gandalf goes into Dol Guldur and calls out the enemy. (Gandalf in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug) Here is a link to it if you want to watch
So if in human terms, those who have authority aren’t afraid to use it, God has given us authority to cast out devils, rebuke the devil, resist the devil, and much more. As long as we are first under God’s authority, only then can we begin to use the authority given to us appropriately. Let us not be timid or afraid to use our God-given authority for its purpose.