Thursday, April 17, 2008

Kingdom Authority

When God chose humanity and came to earth, His plan was not only to save us, but also to be our perfect role model in how to live for Him and through Him by the power of the Holy Spirit - yes, because of Jesus’ relationship with the Father through the Holy Spirit, He is our perfect role model for living with Kingdom authority. Because of His sinless life, there was no separation from the Father, and He lived in complete dependence in the Holy Spirit working through Him. We, because of Jesus’ death on the cross have His righteousness paid to our account; therefore, there is no separation between God and us, yet there remains the issue of our dependence. Are we totally dependent on the Holy Spirit allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to move through us? As His bride we should be.
When Adam and Eve were placed in the garden, they were given a mission- to be fruitful and multiply thus filling the earth and subduing it. God knew of course, that Satan and his minions had been cast out of heaven and taken dominion of the earth so the earth needed to be subdued, as it was under the influence of darkness. God could have destroyed Satan with a single word, yet He chose to defeat darkness through His delegated authority- those who were created in His image and were His lovers by choice- His bride! When God placed Adam in the garden it was the beginning of a great romance- the beginning of the romance of our creation- created in His image, for Intimacy that His dominion might be expressed through love!
It is from this revelation that we are to learn to walk as Christ’s ambassadors thus defeating the Prince of this world. God’s plan was that darkness would fall as man exercised his godly influence over creation, yet instead man fell. With Adam’s sin, mankind’s authority to rule was forfeited.
Immediately God put His predetermined plan of redemption to work. Jesus came to reclaim all that was lost! Luke 19:10 states, Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. Jesus came to restore not only lost men, but man’s authority over the earth. Matthew 28:18 Jesus, with His last words on earth said, All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations’, baptizing them in the name of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I am with you to the very end of the age.
In other words, he was saying I got it all back! Now go, take it, use it and reclaim mankind!
Jesus told His followers I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven- We then

are completely restored to God’s plan of ruling as people made in His image and we should be striving to enforce the victory obtained at Calvary!
We are called and it is our destiny to rule over creation- over darkness to establish the rule of Jesus on earth- preaching the gospel of the kingdom exposing and undoing the work of the enemy. Nothing is impossible for those who go forth into the world invested with Jesus power as witnesses of the kingdom. Luke 10:18 states Jesus said , I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the enemy.
With the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, His teaching, and with Jesus’ authority imparted to us, we are called to exercise that power on earth. This calls for a godly invasion against the powers of darkness as we release God’s power over creation. Just as Modecai told Esther, 'You were born for such a time as this!' This gospel was never meant to be just a doctrinal exercise, for theory alone does not exhibit the power of God. We mustn’t rob the gospel of its power!
God is not satisfied with the complacency of His bride in this generation. She has become self seeking- ingrown- like a great sponge, fully absorbed, or bloated on biblical teaching and truth, yet unwilling to put her feet into action for the Lord. She says things like, Wow, God is getting ready to move in our church, If we could only be ready, wow, I wonder what God has in store for us- Yes, God, the perfect gentleman that He is patiently waits for His bride to wake up to her calling!

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