You have authority 1 : Your Position of Authority.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:6
Our elevation is wholly of the wisdom and grace of God. We did not earn it, but it is by right as children of God elevated to the right hand of the Father, not by any act of devotion. We should recognise the fact of this position and take our place with humble acceptance. Despite being seated with Christ, there are born again Christians, spirit filled, full of hunger and longing to experience God’s power and they believe they should have it. The simple truth is that, as a believer, we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Ephesians 2:18-21 says “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come”
As a believer, we have great power, and we are seated above all rule and authority and dominion, that is awesome!. If we believe in the Bible as God’s word, promise and covenant with us, our belief should not just be mental acceptance of the truth of the Word. It should lead us to act on what our mind accepts and our will must obey. If we do not act on our convictions and see the manifestation in our lives, we do not truly believe. Faith in true sense is our ability to believe God, having trust, but we manifest that by acting on our faith, committing practically.
If we truly believe that God raised us up together with Christ, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, what should our reaction be? It should be that of acceptance. Let us remember morning by morning as one of our first acts of worship, to take our seat with Christ and return thanks to God. Let us often remind ourselves that we are seated far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and that they are all in subjection to us.
We should be bold and see ourselves as God sees us. God sees you and me in Christ, in His image. Romans 8:29–30 reminds us “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified”. We must KNOW and ACCEPT the AUTHORITY we have been given so we will be able to take it BOLDLY. If we do not know what we have been given and how much its worth to us – how do we receive and use it? Remember God is looking at you and me through the blood covenant, and when our spirit has been recreated by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour God sees us in Christ, in His image. We must begin seeing ourselves as God sees us – in Christ, having authority – and we need to start walking in that authority!
Next week, How do we exercise our authority? …