On What Authority?
Our lives are built around the experiences we have had and the things we have been told - why do I believe in God today? Because Paul told Timothy…
Who Told you that? Who did you authorize?
We will always believe lies and half-truths when we are ignorant of the Truth - we MUST be aware of what (and Who) the truth AND PUT IT ON FIRST
Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- Go - Get out of the place you currently are
- Make - Build, create, work
- Baptize - immerse, saturate
- Teach - instruct, demonstrate, involve
If the church isn’t doing this, then we’ve authorized someone other than Jesus to speak into our lives…
Preparation begins with Habitation - Where I live determines what I give…
John 15:1-8 TPT
“I am a true sprouting vine, and the farmer who tends the vine is my Father. 2 He cares for the branches connected to me by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches[a] and pruning[b] every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest. 3 The words I have spoken over you have already cleansed[c] you. 4 So you must remain in life-union with me,[d] for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.
5 “I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches.[e] As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless. 6 If a person is separated from me, he is discarded; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire to be burned. 7 But if you live in life-union with me and if my words[f] live powerfully[g] within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. 8 When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father!
residence and relationship
I asked the question - What are you authorized to say? Verse 7 demonstrates the authorization we’ve been given...7 But if you live in life-union with me and if my words[f] live powerfully[g] within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done.
This is a conditional statement that requires residence and relationship...not just one or the other…
His words can live powerfully within you but you may not be in life-union with him…(head knowledge)
I declare Jesus is Lord and I believe He is alive. I am justified and saved by my belief and my confession. Because I believe, I will not be put to shame. (Romans 10:9-11) I fix my eyes on you, the Author and Finisher of my faith (Heb. 12:2) You are my rock and salvation, I shall not be moved or shaken by what goes on around me (Ps. 62:6).
I declare life over my family. You will satisfy us with long life (Ps. 91:16). My entire household shall believe and be saved (Acts 16:31). Because I delight in your commands, my children will be mighty in the land (Ps. 112:2) We will seek wisdom and receive understanding (Pro. 4:5)
I declare abundance over my finances. You are my source and you supply every need according to your riches and glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19) I will seek You and your Kingdom first and You will add every other thing in my life that I need (Matt 6:33). I will sow good seeds and I will reap their harvests. (Gal. 6:7-8) You will always take care of me. (Matt. 6:26)
I declare life over my body and my health. I do not accept anything less than what you’ve paid for. By Your stripes, I am healed. (1 Pet. 2:24) Sickness and disease do not have permission to reside within me - I am alive and well because Your Spirit strengthens me (Rom. 8:11) I will not believe the lies that I see and feel, but I will cling to Your Truth and Life (2 Cor. 10:5) I am whole. (Luke 17:19)
I declare love over Restoration Christian Church. In this church, the name of Jesus will be glorified (2 Thes. 1:12) and the glory of the Lord will fill it (2 Chron. 5:14). We will know each other and be known in our community by our love (John 13:35). We dwell in unity in this house with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and God commands a blessing in this house. We speak to every spirit causing disunity and we say: Be removed and cast into the sea, in Jesus’ name! (Psalm 133:1) This House shall be called a House Of Prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17) This house shall produce good, lasting fruit in the Kingdom.
Today who do you authorize? As for me and my house, we authorize Jesus...and we declare what His Word says...