Jun 12, 2023

What God is going to do with you will not be hidden; He will do it in people’s presence so that He may draw them to Himself. Your testimony will win many to Jesus.                                                             

Mark 2:1-12 …[7] “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” [8] But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? [9] Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? [10] But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–He said to the paralytic. [11] “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” [12] Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!

These four men were so determined to see Jesus and nothing could stop them.

God has been speaking to us to seek Him and draw closer to Him so that He may shift our level of authority.                                                       

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

A diligent seeker defies all odds to get where they have to be.

We must understand that authority is relationship-based and when authority speaks, the power automatically backs it up.

Luke 10:17 [17] Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

The demons were subject to them because they recognized the name of Jesus.    

Remember they didn’t go on their own, they had been sent by Jesus and they therefore had the authority to use His name.

Mere mentioning the name of Jesus doesn’t cause demons to leave. You need to be in proper alignment to have authority in this kingdom.

Luke 10:18-19 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. [19] Behold, I GIVE you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

The enemy has power but not authority. Therefore Jesus gave them authority and not power because with authority you can challenge the enemy’s power and it does not hurt you.

Read Acts 19:13-16

The sons of Sceva did not have the authority to use the name of Jesus because they were not properly aligned and when they invoked the authority, they got wounded.    

Mark 9:28-29 [28] And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” [29] So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but PRAYER and FASTING.”

The level of authority that the disciples were walking needed to be improved to deal with that kind.

The primary reason for prayer and fasting is to bring you into proper alignment with the Father so that you may walk in authority.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6…[4] For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, [5] casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, [6] and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Your level of obedience determines the level of authority you command.

It is impossible to walk in authority when you are living in disobedience. That is why you ought to live a life of obedience wherever God has placed you (at the workplace, church, etc.) so that He may shift you to levels of authority you have never been to before.